Dont Ask Dont Tell Reinstated By Appeals Court

10.21.10 | FL News Team

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The on again, off again saga of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has taken center stage again.  A federal appeals court in San Francisco yesterday reinstated the military's controversial policy banning homosexuals from openly serving in the armed forces.

Wednesday's ruling was handed down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after the Justice Department pressed to overturn an injunction by California federal court judge Virginia Phillips.  Phillips ruled last week that the 17-year-old law violates the U.S. Constitution.  The ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court means the ban will remain in effect until the Justice Department appeal is resolved.

The Obama administration is on record opposing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" but wants Congress to repeal the policy instead of the courts.