Congress couldn't seal the deal at the end of last month, so a federal judge did today what Washington politicos couldn't: placed an injunction on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy that bars gay and lesbian soldiers from openly serving.
U.S. Department of Justice
attorneys have 60 days to appeal, according to the NY Times article. "Legal experts say they are under no
legal obligation to do so and could let Phillips' ruling stand."
If the DOJ does appeal, its lawyers will find themselves in a similar situation to the one they were in earlier this year, when federal attorneys were forced to defend, in court, a law that the administration had openly opposed.
For now, Log Cabin Republicans (the group that originally brought suit against the military) and GLBT advocates everywhere are cautiously celebrating, according to a CNN report: "Log Cabin Republicans praised the ruling but urged 'caution by
servicemembers considering coming out at this time, as the Obama
administration still has the option to appeal.'"