The Defense Department said Tuesday that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long.
The move follows a ruling last week by a Southern California judge who struck down the law that banned gays from serving openly.
The reason the Defense Department change comes with a warning it might not last is because the Justice Department is appealing the decision. Military recruiters have been told to inform those who are openly gay that they could be declared ineligible if the law is upheld on appeal.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who had ordered the military to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell," was expected to deny the administration's request to delay her order. That would send the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Published at 12:56 PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010 | Updated at 12:19 PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010