US stays ruling on gays troops

A federal appeals court has temporarily granted the US government’s request for a freeze on a judge’s order requiring the military to allow openly gay troops

The lifting of a ban on gays serving openly in the US military proved shortlived after a federal appeals court ruled late on Wednesday in favour of granting the Obama administration a temporary delay.

The Pentagon on Tuesday, obeying an earlier court ruling ending the ban, announced that gays could go in army recruitment offices and openly declare themselves as gay and still be considered for enlistment.

Some gay campaigners, such as former army lieutenant Dan Choi, who was discharged earlier this year because he is gay, celebrated by going to a recruitment office on Tuesday and Wednesday to re-enlist. The army accepted his reques

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