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UPDATE: Judge Rules Against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge in California plans to issue an order to halt the military's policy requiring gay members not to reveal their sexual orientation, declaring it unconstitutional because it violates U.S. guarantees of free speech and other rights.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled Thursday the prohibition on openly gay military service members, known as "don't ask, don't tell," doesn't help military readiness and has
a "direct and deleterious effect" by hurting recruitment during wartime.

Phillips ruling comes as an Idaho aviator, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, is fighting discharge by the U.S. Air Force.

The war veteran based at Mountain Home Air Force Base east of Boise has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, asking a judge to declare 'don't ask, don't tell' unconstitutional.
      
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