Pentagon Says It Will Comply With Court Ruling

The Defense Department's top lawyers have told troops that the military will comply with a court order to allow gays to serve openly. In the meantime, the Obama administration is about to ask the judge in the case to stay her order pending an appeal.

An e-mail sent Thursday by the military's Judge Advocate Generals is the first acknowledgment from the Pentagon that it plans to abide by the ruling. Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters the military "will of course obey the law." He said any changes were effective Tuesday when the ruling was issued.

Separately, a lawyer in the case and a person in the government said the administration would ask the federal judge to allow the "don't ask, don't tell" law to continue in force pending an appeal of her order to end it.

This program aired on October 14, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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