Pentagon to Enforce Ruling Allowing Gays to Serve

WASHINGTON -- After two days of silence following a bombshell federal court ruling that called the military's gay ban "unconstitutional," the Defense Department announced Thursday it will comply with the courts order to allow gays to serve openly... for now. The Judge Advocate Generals for the military services along with the Defense Secretary's General Counsel e-mailed a copy of the ruling by Judge Virginia Phillips of the Central District of California to their field counterparts, according a statement from Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan.The statement goes on to read: "The Department of Defense will of course obey the law, and the e-mail noted that, in the meantime, the Department will abide by the terms in the court's ruling, effective as of the time and date of the ruling."This will mark the first time since the law was enacted in 1993 that gays are free from prosecution, but it might not last. The statement also notes clearly that the U.S. Government, i.e. the Justice Department, is "contemplating whether to appeal and to seek a stay of the injunction."Already there are reports the Obama administration will ask Judge Phillips to stay her ruling, rendering it ineffective.This means that any service members who decide to announce their homosexuality during this time of policy limbo, could be putting themselves at risk for a military discharge in the very near future.