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US Court Orders Immediate End To DADT

A US appeals court has ordered the Obama administration to stop enforcing the ban on allowing gay men and women serving openly in the military.

AFP reports:

A federal court ruled Wednesday the US military had to immediately stop enforcing a ban on gays serving openly in uniform, even though the government is weeks away from scrapping the policy.

The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided the ban, known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” must be lifted without delay, as President Barack Obama’s administration has said that discriminating against gays violated the US Constitution.

The court referred to a new law adopted in December, and backed by Obama, that calls for ending the prohibition pending a final review by military leaders and the defense secretary.

Pentagon officials had expected the rule to be formally scrapped by the end of July, and the effect of the court ruling was unclear.

“We are studying the ruling with the Department of Justice,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said in an email.

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