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.  The latest ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, however, came with one big asterisk that will prevent discharges from moving forward.  Chris 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.”