The Washington Post
and other media outlets
are reporting that a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a temporary stay of the District Court’s order to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This means “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is back in effect in the military.
This brings more uncertainty to the situation. For the past week, some former service members who were discharged for homosexual acts under the policy and new recruits who are openly gay have begun the enlistment process. I’m curious as to whether any of these individuals have actually incurred any service obligation yet and what will happen to those enlistments now that the policy against homosexual acts has been revived, at least temporarily.
It is anticipated that the Log Cabin Republicans will request that the stay be lifted by early next week. With the policy changing rapidly, one thing we can be assured is that this saga is far from over.