September 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
White House, Pentagon respond to 'Don't Ask' ruling

The White House and the Pentagon on Friday responded to the California federal court ruling this week that found “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional:

Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, provided the following statement to the Blade:

The Justice Department is studying the decision, including the question of its scope and immediate effect and we expect them to announce their next steps after that review is completed.  The President remains committed to legislative repeal of DADT, and he will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal this fall.  And he will continue to work closely with Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff on an ongoing study of how to best implement the repeal.

Cynthia Smith, a Pentagon spokesperson, provided the following statement:

DOJ and DoD are in the process of reviewing this opinion.

The current law is still in effect.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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