Today a United States Federal Appeals court issued a final ruling on the case against banning openly gay people from serving in the military. The ruling marked a huge success for the gay community everywhere as judges agreed that the ban against openly gay soldiers was unnecessary and should be revoked immediately.
You might remember that late last year Congress finally revoked the ban on gays serving but despite 6 months passing they have not actually made any progress as far as removing the old policies. The various branches of the military were given no timeline on how long they had to remove the old policy any unfortunately very little progress has been made. The court ruling today however should force each of the branches to immediately begin revoking the policies established by the ban.
According to those close to the case the overall purpose was to make it clear what would not be tolerated. Because the ban has effectively been lifted they felt it was necessary to expedite the process which is why this second court case came to light. Obviously today they were successful in convincing the court system that not enough have been done. At this time each of the branches will begin modifying their policies as well as investigating any complaints or harassment cases that might be associated with the ban. Once again, this is a large accomplishment according to many in the gay community and they hope that it could lead to more acceptance in all areas of society.