For more than 24 hours, the United States has been constrained from enforcing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Although CNN is reporting that an appeal of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States is forthcoming and Defense Secretary Robert Gates was warning of the dangers of an immediate end to the policy, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was more circumspect, saying, "time is ticking on the policy of 'don't ask, don't tell.'"
The Obama administration is expected to appeal as soon as Wednesday a federal judge's ruling that halted the Defense Department from enforcing its policy that bars openly gay people from military service, according to senior administration officials familiar with the government's plans."
Aside from Gates's comments, neither the Department of Defense nor the Department of Justice had much in the way of comment today.
A Department of Defense spokeswoman has not answered, in three different requests, whether any changes or guidance to comply with the ruling has been issued. A Department of Justice spokeswoman, meanwhile, when asked if there is any update as to DOJ's response, wrote via email to Metro Weekly this afternoon, "Not yet."
And I continue asking, "What is DOJ thinking?"