BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Maintains Bar On Discharges Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

In response to a petition from the Department of Justice seeking an emergency stay on a July 6 ruling that blocked further enforcement of the 1993 law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals late today granted the government’s request on a temporary basis ahead of further proceedings next week — technically putting the law back into effect. ┬áThe latest ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, however, came with one big asterisk that will prevent discharges from moving forward. ┬áChris Geidner of Metro Weekly explains:

The move puts the 1993 law banning military service back into effect until the court can make a more complete determination about whether to reconsider the July 6 order — while continuing to prevent the military from “investigating, penalizing, or discharging anyone from the military pursuant to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.”