A California judge issued an injunction Tuesday against the United States military that prohibits the armed forces from enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
The policy allows gays and lesbians to join the service so long as their sexual orientation isn't known and gives the military the right to dismiss any service members if they are openly gay.
According to U.S. Code, the policy is in place because "the presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."
The judge, Virginia A. Phillips of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, said the policy "infringes the fundamental rights of United States service members and prospective service members” and also violates service members' rights to due process and freedom of speech, according to the New York Times.
Although legal experts expect for the ruling to be appealed, what do you think about the ruling?
Do you think "don't ask, don't tell" should remain a military policy?