U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled today that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was unconstitutional, as it both prohibits the fundemental rights of gay and lesbian service members and hurts military readiness. As part of the ruling, she issued a worldwide injunction, which immediately stops the enforcement of the policy. From the New York Times:
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling also ordered the government to suspend and discontinue all pending discharge proceedings and investigations under the policy.
attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Pentagon and Department of Justice officials said they are reviewing the case and had no immediate comment.
Obviously gay rights groups (and reasonable people) are celebrating this achievement; the real question now is what, exactly, will the Obama administration do in response. If they choose not to appeal, this could just be the end of DADT. But Obama has also been very clear about wanting Congress, not a court, to repeal the policy. We'll just have to wait and see.