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BY Advocate Contributors

November 16 2010 10:00 PM ET

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Whiplash

 “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is no longer the law of the land. Wait, yes it is. Sort of. Maybe? The legal machinations after a federal judge’s September decision in the case Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America declaring the policy unconstitutional threw the already turbulent process of repealing the 17-year-old policy into a confusing spasm—one reminiscent of the Prop. 8 decision tumult only a month prior. If you’re still confused by the back-and-forth, you’re not alone. Between injunctions and stays, the matter is not settled as of press time; however, the Department of Defense has limited discharge approvals to the secretaries of the respective branches of the military, which should considerably reduce discharges while the matter churns in courts and Congress.

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