July 30, 2014
Thu 07 Jul 2011

Federal court orders immediate halt to gay military ban

don't ask, don't tell is over.

  • It came in response to a motion brought by Log Cabin Republicans, a group for gay GOP members, which last year persuaded a lower court judge to declare the ban unconstitutional
  • After the government appealed U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' decision, the 9th Circuit agreed to keep the policy in place until it could consider the matter
  • The ruling was the latest legal development in the effort by gay rights supporters to end the policy
  • "The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed, and (the government) can no longer satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay," the panel said
  • He cautioned gay servicemembers against rushing to declare their sexual orientations until the government declares that it intends to abide by the ruling


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