DADT Repeal Put On Hold

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 9:13am

Court grants injunction against earlier ruling that ended ban on homosexual service members.

Late Wednesday the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals told the military to reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women, issuing a stay on a lower court judge's injunction that lifted the ban and for the first time allowed openly gay service members and recruits like Dan Choi to sign up.

A year after being discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Choi was back at a Times Square recruiting center to reenlist Wednesday.

"Joining the Army is about serving, sacrificing and being part of something bigger than you," he said.

Conservative groups are fighting to keep the policy as-is.

"We're seeing essentially chaos in the military imposed as a result of the decision of one judge," says the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg.

With another court now considering the issue some fighting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" are telling service members it may be too soon to come out.

"My advice today would be don't offer that information up, because unfortunately it could be used against you in a few days or a few months or next year," says the Service Members Legal Defense Network's Aubrey Sarvis.

Its still unclear whether the Senate will take up the issue when its lame duck session begins next month, but many feel that's the best chance for repeal.

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