The Defense Department on Friday warned gay troops that if they disclose their sexual orientation now, they could still get in trouble.
In a new memo, the Pentagon’s top personnel chief cited a “legally uncertain environment” facing service members during a court battle over the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
The Obama administration is appealing a ruling by a federal judge in California on Tuesday that struck down the law, which bans openly gay service members.
The Defense Department has said it will comply with the court order for now — freezing any discharge proceedings and technically ending its decades-long policy of discriminating against gays. But it is uncertain what would happen if the court grants the administration’s request for a temporary stay on the ruling.
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