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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Enforcement Can Continue, Says Court

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A federal appeals court in San Francisco today said "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's ban on gays serving openly, can still be enforced as it examines a lower court's ruling. A Riverside district judge in September ruled that the policy was unconstitutional and last month ordered enforcement of it to be halted. Today's decision, however, delays that ruling while the court "considers whether the policy violates the free speech and due process rights of gays and lesbian seeking to serve in the military," according to Bloomberg. A decision could take weeks to months. In the meantime, the policy of discharging gays from the military can continue.