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Supreme Court Refuses to Block ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The Supreme Court refused to block enforcement of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on openly gay servicemembers Friday, the latest in a series of court battles over the policy. The legal challenge came from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group.

The policy has been under review by the Pentagon, and President Obama has expressed his desire to see the 1993 law overturned. A recent survey of members of the military and their families, part of the Pentagon’s review, showed that 70 percent of respondents felt lifting the ban would have positive or neutral effect on combat readiness.

SCOTUSblog has more on the decision including this detail on the order:

“The Supreme Court, without noting any dissent, agreed on Friday to leave the military’s “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy in effect while its constitutionality is under review in lower courts. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy referred the issue to the full Court. Justice Elena Kagan took no part in the order.”

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