SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is allowing the military to temporarily continue its "don't ask, don't tell" policy for openly gay service members in response to a request from the Obama administration.
In an order issued late Friday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said its decision was based on newly provided information on federal plans for implementing the repeal of the policy this year.
Despite the delay in dismantling the controversial policy, the decision bars the federal government from investigating, penalizing or discharging anyone pursuant to "don't ask, don't tell."
The court of appeals halted the policy July 6 but the Department of Justice filed an emergency motion Thursday saying ending the policy now would pre-empt the orderly process for rolling it back, per a law signed by President Barack Obama in December.
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