Court Declines to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
(Washington Post) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to stop enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy while a lower court hears a challenge to the Pentagon’s ban on gays and lesbians serving openly. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is preparing to hear legal arguments in a case brought by the Log Cabin Republicans. The gay rights group is challenging “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and in September a federal district judge found the policy to be unconstitutional and blocked the Pentagon from enforcing the ban. The appeals court is not likely to set a hearing on the issue until mid-March, and its ruling could come anytime after that. But the Justice Department persuaded the 9th Circuit to lift the judge’s stay, prompting the Log Cabin Republicans to appeal to the Supreme Court.