Supreme Court Keeps 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' In Place During Appeal

"The Supreme Court turned aside Friday a gay rights group's request temporarily to suspend enforcement of the controversial ""don't ask, don't tell"" policy on gays in the military.

The justices issued a brief order allowing the policy to remain in effect temporarily until the full appeals process is completed.

The Log Cabin Republicans had filed an emergency request with the nation's highest court to reverse a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the military to continue with ""don't ask, don't tell"" while the government appeals a lower court ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

The appeals court, in San Francisco, California, is currently debating the constitutionality of barring openly gay and lesbian members from service in the U.S. armed forces. Until the larger questions are decided, that court had allowed the current enforcement policy to remain in place, prompting the time-sensitive appeal to the high court."