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'Don't ask, don't tell' enforcement should end, appellate panel rules

Jul 6, 2011 10:47:45 PM- latimes.com
The decision is a turnaround for the 9th Circuit. The shift is attributed to Justice Department and White House calls for 'heightened scrutiny' of laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.

A federal law banning openly gay people from serving in the military should no longer be enforced, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, citing the Obama administration's call for an end to "a history of discrimination" against homosexuals.

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