San Francisco (Obama.net)- After being ruled unconstitutional not too long ago in California, the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy has since been debated. As recently reported, the Pentagon gave military recruiters throughout the United States the go-ahead to begin accepting applications from applicants who admit to their homosexuality, but recruiters could not specifically ask about the applicants sexual orientation. Now even that is no longer okay for the time being.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the policy would be enforced until the appeals process goes through and is completed. Then a final decision would be made on the matter.
Aubrey Sarvis of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said that Wednesday’s decision “means that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is once again on the books and is likely to be enforced by the Defense Department.”
While the ruling may not be well received by the homosexual community and organizations for equal rights, in at least once aspect it is for the better. If the ruling were to be overturned later on after the appeals process after allowing numerous openly gay and lesbian citizens to enter the armed forces, there would be many complications that would likely result in the immediate discharge of numerous troops.
The Obama Administration actually requested the decision to not allow the acceptance of homosexual troops for the moment for the same reasons.
In a statement, the Obama Administration said that making changes now “risks causing significant immediate harm to the military and its efforts to be prepared to implement an orderly repeal of the statute.”
Obama made it clear that he wants the issue to be taken care of by the United States Congress and not in the court system.
President Barack Obama and his colleagues are handling the issue that is bringing about a great amount of debate throughout the nation with as much care and sensitivity as possible. The Obama Administration is working hard with Congress and the Pentagon to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy quickly and efficiently.
David Axelrod of the administration said that Obama “has made a commitment and it’s not a question of whether that program, whether that policy will change, but when. We’re at the end of a process with the Pentagon to make that transition and we’re going to see it through.”
Despite the recent back and forth on the issue in the court system, Obama is determined to make sure that the policy is repealed.