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Appeals court extends life of DADT

A federal appeals court on Monday indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge’s order halting enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, siding with The American Legion in the debate.

American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster called on President Obama to appeal the ruling from U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, Calif., that would have immediately suspended and discontinued any investigation, or discharge, separation or other proceeding that may have been commenced under DADT.

“Consistent with our long-standing policy of allowing the military to police its own requirements and standards for service, The American Legion requests you appeal this decision and seek a stay on the current injunction,” National Commander Jimmie L. Foster wrote in a letter to the White House in mid-October. “No action by a single federal judge should obviate the policy of Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell before the Department of Defense completes its review.”

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