Military recruiters told to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants

And the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell saga continues!

The Obama Administration (via the Justice Department) had asked the courts to place a stay (aka don’t enforce this yet) on the ruling from Judge Virgina Phillips that had placed an injunction on dismissals and investigations of military members based on the DADT policy. Yesterday she tentatively denied the stay. The military responded by tell recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants.

Lt. Dan Choi, a major player in the fight against DADT, re-enlisted this afternoon as an openly gay member of the military.

It’s unclear if this will be the final end for DADT, or if another court might rule that it can stand. President Obama has made clear that it will “end on his watch” but not clear what the time line will be.

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    He is walking a tightrope act right now. He doesn’t oppose an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but he doesn’t want to be seen as stating a firm position against it, either.

  • http://feministing.com/members/radicalhw/ Shannon Drury

    I have to admit that I’m disappointed about Dan Choi–the man should be running for office, not re-enlisting! But more power to him.

  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    President Obama…stop kow-towing to the right wing! Please!

  • vexing

    …and openly transgender applicants? What about them?

  • http://feministing.com/members/kaelin/ Matt

    Apparently the ban can stand for a little while longer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11589638