Appeals court suspends enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, on December 22, 2010.
July 6th, 2011
03:42 PM ET
7 years ago

Appeals court suspends enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal appeals court has issued an order blocking the U.S. military from enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military. U.S. officials have been moving ahead with dismantling the policy but had objected to having the courts force the government to officially repeal it at this time.

At issue in the complex legal fight is whether "don't ask, don't tell" can remain in effect - even in name only - while the legal fight over its constitutionality is being fought in the federal courts. Judges have been at odds over the enforcement issue for months.


Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Gay rights
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  1. NameAugie

    It's time for Americans to accept the fact that nature intended for different sexual orientations. Homosexuality – Heterosexuality – Bisexuality – Troops represent all three and risk their lives so we can live our lives. Same sex couples getting married is a personal decision just like opposite sex couples getting married. They both enforce mutual respect and love between two people who may or may nor raise children.

    July 6, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Teehee. Romney, Bachtroll, et al. can now have oh so much fun claiming that they will reinstate it.

    July 6, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Bob Hudson

    Now let's implement the repeal and allow LGBT persons to openly serve NOW!

    July 6, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    HISTORY - the 111th Congress (previous 2 years) passed more legislation than any other in 60 years.

    The 112th has passed the fewest in 6 months EVER. Boy, that t-bag thang was SOOOOOOO good. Look at all the jobs bills (suckers).

    July 6, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    The extreme-right "legislating" Supreme Court has ruined this countries. They selected Dubya (he was NOT elected), and they gave corporations the same rights as people. What a joke J. Roberts is. Hope it comes back to bite him in the butt.

    July 6, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. gt

    i hope they dont try to burn down san fran, castro district ...

    July 6, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. evil pple

    Homosexuality is evil God will judge you all

    July 6, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Adam

    Hey, evil pple,

    Quote me exactly what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality?

    God will be judging you on your hate.

    July 6, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    evil pple wrote:
    Homosexuality is evil God will judge you all
    I agree with you, except the US Constitution prohibits me from creating laws that criminalize it. BTW, The Christian Bible also says that I should not do anything about it, either. That's God's Job.

    July 6, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. lgny

    The issue is not homosexuality but sexual aggression. Soldiers need to work closely in difficult situations and need to be free of sexual harassment regardless of whether its male on female, or male on male or any other permutation of the two genders.

    July 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Lucifer

    "nature intended for different sexual orientations"?
    Really? Nature usually selects behaviors / biology that promote, among other things, continuation of the species. Homosexuality in particular does not.
    Thanks for playing, though. Try again.

    July 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Homosexuality is evil God will judge you all"

    Yeah, whatever. Your god is an activist judge.

    July 6, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Larry

    Oh grow up. The simplistic "god" you people believe in is nothing more than a myth created by people who just can't face the fact that this is it. There is no "life after death". In the meantime, stop telling people how to live. It's really annoying!

    July 6, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Soldier

    You all act like we hunted down LBGT Soldiers and believe it or not, we actually already have LBGT openly serving. So this is so no the crisis everyone thinks it is. They are just putting on paper what is already in place.

    July 6, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. jt

    I would rather have God judge me then you.

    July 6, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Sametestsameresults

    It is time to move past this subject. GLBT is fine, I don't have to be one, I don't have to expose my children to them if I don't want to. They are committed tax paying loyal members of our country I don't care what they do in their bedrooms nor do I care who they choose to spend their life with, I don't care if their god thinks it's okay and mine does not....I just don't see why a country claiming to be free is trying to keep some from their own freedom and their own unalienable rights as a human being.

    July 6, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Doug

    Homosexuality either is or isn't your cup of tea. But one of the very few evils, Mr. evil pple, is denouncing other people you know nothing about and threatening them with your imaginary supernatural boogeyman. After doing my 20 years, I think I would rather serve with a homosexual than with an incompetent or with yet another alcohol whose work I had to monitor all the next day.

    July 6, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. IslandAtheist

    @evil pple Your invisible friend doesn't exist.

    July 6, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. her3me24

    You can allow people to openly serve and be who they are, but that does not mean that they have to accept your life style choices. You cannot force someone to accept you, period.

    July 6, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Natural Selection

    Give homosexuals equal protection under the law. No matter how weird most of us may think they are, they deserve that as citizens.

    They do not however deserve the rights and priveledges of "normal" couples that mate and produce offspring. So, two lesbians that go to a sperm bank to bet inseminated don't get the priveledges of parents. The two gay men that use a surrogate to provide an egg and have it fertilized by one of them don't deserve the priveledges of parents.

    After all, they are "naturally" not attracted to humans with whom they can pro-create so nature must not mean for them to reproduce. Right? This has nothing to do with God or some religious based argument either.

    July 6, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. kathic

    I am all for equal rights when it comes to gay marriage but to say that nature intended people to be gay is somewhat silly. More than likely being gay is a crisscross of genes controlling attraction. Nature does not often intend action that reduces the chances of genes to replicate.

    July 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Jimbo

    It is obvious that you people for g-ays in the military have never served. I am currently serving in Afghanistan. The military will not segregate g-ays and straight people. I do not want to be forced to share a room with a g-ay guy or strip down to take a shower with one standing next to me. This is just wrong and will cause more problems than those ignorant lawmakers have thought about. All they care about s getting votes from people or getting their pockets lined.

    July 6, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. wilypagan

    It is about time.

    July 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. james

    Just for fun..Its enjoyable to type in Anita Bryant in You Tube....look for her old press conference where she gets a pie in the face ! Great fun.

    July 6, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. CosmicC

    The repeal of DADT was passed and signed into law. Why are we spending taxpayer money in court defending DADT?

    July 6, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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