RIVERSIDE (AP) — A federal judge says she’s inclined to deny a government request to delay her order that immediately stopped the military from enforcing its ban on openly gay service members.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips says she would review the arguments from Justice Department lawyers and issue a ruling by the end of the day Monday.

The military has promised to abide by Phillips’ injunction as long as it remains in place.

But government lawyers last week asked her to stay the ruling while it prepares an appeal.

Under the 1993 law, the military cannot inquire into service members’ sexual orientation and punish them for it as long as they keep it to themselves.

President Barack Obama has said he wants the law repealed in Congress.

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Comments (3)
  1. Alan Hart says:

    The military contends that discontinuation of the DADT program would cause irreparable harm to the military. Well, if the judge denies the stay and the military has to continue with it’s appeal, we will see how much actual damage happens between now ans when the appeal is actually heard. Then the appeals court could see that there is no damage and dismiss the governments case.

  2. Noel D says:

    What do you want to bet the judge is a lebo or has a close family member that is one

    1. Hilda P says:

      That is an immature response. and not very intelligent. Noel I am sure you understand “All men are created equal”

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