US court extends life of gay military policy

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court extended the military's ban on gays serving openly Monday by indefinitely freezing a judge's order halting enforcement of the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" law, heightening pressure on the Obama administration to persuade the U.S. Senate to repeal the law before a new Congress is sworn in.
A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the U.S. government's request for a stay while it challenges the trial court's ruling that the ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional.
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