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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Lawsuits To Remain Active

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pending lawsuits against the military ban on openly gay troops will remain in place for now, even though Congress has voted to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The Service Members Legal Defense Network said Monday it won’t remove its lawsuit filed last week on behalf of three officers discharged under the ban until the veterans are reinstated.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also is considering the government’s appeal of a California judge’s September decision striking down “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Log Cabin Republicans says it won’t move to end that case until the Pentagon certifies the repeal and stops investigating service members for being gay.

The Senate voted Saturday to end the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

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