Breaking News Alert: Federal judge stops enforcement of
October 12, 2010 3:39:11 PM
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A federal judge has issued a nationwide injunction stopping enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ landmark ruling Tuesday was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say they are under no legal obligation to do so and they could let Phillips’ ruling stand.
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