November 1st, 2010
05:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Appellate panel says 'don't ask, don't tell' should stay during appeal

(CNN) - A federal appeals court sided with the government Monday, allowing the military to maintain its "don't ask, don't tell" policy during an appeal of a lower court ruling that the law barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers is unconstitutional.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means that the policy remains in place while the government appeals a federal judge's ruling against it. One of the three judges on the panel dissented against parts of Monday's decision.

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell
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  1. jules sand-perkins

    Isn't it interesting that this ruling came one day before the midterm elections?
    This is the last possible day for the ruling to influence voters for or against President Obama's cohorts.
    By today, politicians have been able to decide which position regarding DADT is most favorable to them.
    Not that that had anything to do with the courts, of course.

    November 1, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    There is a certain honesty in the President's comparing homosexuality to beastiality, incest, and child molestation.
    It let's gay men and lesbians know their place. Surely they intend to vote for Obama's other policies tomorrow.

    November 1, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. stufthis

    This follows the right wing ideology that the the military does not have to comply with the very same constitution they swear to uphold.

    November 1, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. fayse1

    folks, please have patience. This was a Federal Law and no State Judge can simply overturn a Federal Law. The President swore under his oath of office to uphold the Laws of the Land. This law should and will be overturned but, it must be done by Congress.
    Lets all hope that it is repealed soon.
    Thank you

    November 1, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |