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How Will Don't Ask Don't Tell Ruling Affect Already Discharged Gay Service Members?

October 18, 2010 12:39 p.m.

Opponents of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the 17-year-old military ban on openly gay service members, celebrated a victory last week. California Federal judge Virginia Phillips issued a ruling striking down the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. She said it violates due process and freedom of speech. The ruling will be appealed by the justice department. How will this ruling affect former service members who were discharged for being gay?

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