Flags flutter on Washington’s National Mall in November 2007 in an event called 12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots, recognizing the servicemen and women discharged under the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of maintaining the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on Monday, which bars openly gay men and women from serving. The decision came after 12 former service members filed a lawsuit for being discharged because of their sexual orientation.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed with the Obama administration and upheld Pentagon policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
The court said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The federal appeals court in Boston earlier threw out a lawsuit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans. He was the only member of that group who asked the high court to rule that the Clinton-era policy is unconstitutional.