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Tue, October 12, 2010 — 3:45 PM ET

Judge Orders Injunction Stopping ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

A federal judge ordered the government on Tuesday to stop enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ending the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’s ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations.

Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say the department is under no legal obligation to do so and could let Judge Phillips’s ruling stand.

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