Judge Orders 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Injunction - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Government May Appeal 'Don't Ask' Ruling

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Justice Department isn't saying whether it will appeal today's ruling from a federal judge in San Diego who issued a worldwide injunction against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

It's kept gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. Legal experts say government attorneys are not likely to let the ruling stand without a challenge, because President Barack Obama has made it clear he wants Congress to repeal the policy -- rather than having it blocked by the courts.

Today's ruling is being cheered by gay rights organizations. They say the judge accomplished what Obama and Washington politics could not.

The head of Servicemembers United, the nation's biggest group of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, says the order is a "historic and courageous step in the right direction."

In her order, the judge said the "don't ask, don't tell" law doesn't help military readiness -- and that it has a negative impact by hurting recruiting during wartime and requiring the discharge of some service members who have critical skills and training.

      
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