Appeals court rules that DADT must end immediately

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An appeals court ruled today that the military must immediately cease it's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gay service members. DADT was technically repealed by Congress back in December, but was awaiting a period of Pentagon overview before official overturn. 

The legal battle over DADT is mainly one of technicalities at this point, and in its ruling today the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that the "circumstances and hardships have changed" surrounding the policy, adding that "the process of repealing (the policy) is well underway, and the preponderance of the armed forces are expected to have been trained by mid-summer." 

A Pentagon spokesman said that military leaders "will of course comply with orders of the court, and are taking immediately steps to inform the field of this order," continuing, "In the meantime, implementation of the DADT repeal voted by the Congress and signed in to law by the President last December is proceeding smoothly, is well underway, and certification is just weeks away."

Glad to see we're getting closer to having one more discriminatory policy well behind us.