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Pentagon Orders Halt To DADT In Wake Of Court Ruling

The Pentagon announced that it is suspending its “DADT” policy in compliance with Wednesday’s appeals court ruling that the military stop the policy banning gays serving openly in uniform.

Army Times reports:

The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under ?don?t ask, don?t tell? and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals.

The moratorium issued Friday came after a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court in California ordering the Defense Department to immediately stop enforcing the law. The court said the law is unconstitutional because it treats gay Americans differently under the law.

Meanwhile, defense officials will continue to prepare for the law?s formal repeal, which Congress approved in December. The law will be formally repealed 60 days after the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs ?certify? that it will not adversely impact military readiness.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he expected certification to occur in late July or early August.

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