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US judge may rule on 'don't ask, don't tell'

 FILE - In this May 30, 2009  file photo, former Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq combat veteran who was discharged under the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't t...
 FILE - In this Tuesday, April 16, 2010 picture, from left, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen,  Lt. Dan Choi, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II,...

Gays In Military

FILE - In this May 30, 2009 file photo, former Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq combat veteran who was discharged under the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't t...

Gays In Military

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 16, 2010 picture, from left, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Lt. Dan Choi, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II,...

A federal judge who halted the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays is expected to decide Monday whether to permit its enforcement pending an appeal.
Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, California, issued an injunction against enforcing the 17-year-old policy last week in a lawsuit filed by a gay rights group.
The military has promised to abide by the judge's injunction as long as it remains in place. However, the Department of Justice has asked the judge to stay the ruling while it prepares an appeal.
The government asked Phillips to issue her decision by Monday.
Under the 1993 law, the military cannot inquire into service members' sexual orientation and punish them for it as long as they keep it to themselves.
President Barack Obama has said he wants the law repealed in Congress, rather than addressed in a court.