A Federal Appeals court has ordered a freeze on the decision by Judge Virginia Phillips that required the military to cease enforcing the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that began during the Clinton administration. The three man court asked Log Cabin Republicans, who originated the case to file their arguments by Monday. This means the Appeals Court will examine these arguments and decide if the Phillips decision was valid. As of this point in time, the Attorney General’s office is protesting the Phillips decision.
In the meantime, President Barack Obama has pledged that during his administration the military will end this policy and all gays and lesbians will have the right to serve their country without fearing discharge. The policy is going to end, the only question is when. Latest polls indicate 56% of Americans want the policy ended while 31% support present attitudes by leaders of the Armed forces.