Court extends stay on 'don't ask' ruling
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge's order halting enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Monday's decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit means gay Americans who disclose their sexual orientation still cannot enlist in the armed forces and can be discharged.
The panel granted the government's request for a stay while it challenges the trial court's ruling that the ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional.
The same panel imposed a temporary hold keeping "don't ask, don't tell" in place last week.
Monday's ruling heightens pressure on the Obama administration to persuade the Senate to repeal the 1993 law before a new Congress is sworn in.