A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled today the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy must be immediately lifted.
The legal battle over the 20-year-old policy is still being played out in courts, but the justices say it must end now that the Obama administration says it's unconstitutional to treat gay Americans differently under the law.
The Associated Press has the scoop on the ruling that stems from a lawsuit filed by a gay rights group over the government timeline for eliminating the ban.
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To further justify the immediate end of "don't ask, don't tell," the justices also cited Congress having repealed the policy in December and the Pentagon beginning to certify that it is ready to welcome gay military personnel.