Oct. 15, 2010 -- The Pentagon has announced it will halt enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy following a federal judge's order, a decision that the Obama administration is attempting to reverse.
The Obama administration has asked Judge Virginia Phillips to suspend her order, pending an appeal of her September ruling that the policy violates gay service members' free speech and due process rights.
While the president says he firmly supports the repeal of the policy, he wants the change to come through the legislature and not the courts. But gay rights advocates have expressed frustration that the Obama White House would fight the judge's order and seek to reinstate the policy.
Last night at an MTV Town Hall meeting, President Obama was challenged by one audience member who asked, based on his "alleged commitment to equality," why the president could not end the policy with an executive order.
"I am against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and. ... We're going to end this policy," Obama said. "This is not a situation in which, with the stroke of a pen, I can simply end the policy."
Our question to you today: What do you think of President Obama's stance on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?