Riverside, CA — A federal judge in Riverside, who last month struck down the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, on Tuesday imposed an injunction ordering federal officials not to enforce the controversial policy on gays in the military.
The federal government has 60 days to appeal, but Justice Department attorneys have not said whether they will.
"Defendants United States of America and the Secretary of Defense immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Act, or pursuant to 10 U.S.C. ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â§ 654 or its implementing regulations, on or prior to the date of this Judgment," U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips wrote.
In September, Phillips said the policy banning gays did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued, and that evidence shows that the policy in fact had a "direct and deleterious effect" on the military. She also found that "don't ask, don't tell" violated the 1st Amendment.
Phillips said at the time that she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy.
The case was filed by the Log Cabin Republicans, the largest political organization for gays in the GOP, in 2004.