Military Recruiters Told To Accept Gay Applicants

(AP) The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation’s history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

At least two service members discharged for being gay began the process to re-enlist after the Pentagon’s announcement Tuesday. In New York’s Times Square, Dan Choi, a 29-year-old Iraq war veteran who was discharged for being gay, began the process to re-enlist in the Army. In San Diego, Will Rodriguez, a former Marine who was discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2008, also gave his contact information to recruiters.

The federal judge in California who overturned the policy rejected the government’s latest effort Tuesday to halt her order last week telling the military to stop enforcing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Government lawyers told U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips they would appeal her decision. The Defense Department said in the meantime that it would comply with Phillips’ order and had frozen any discharge cases.