On October 12, 2010, Judge Virginia Phillips of the US District Court for the Central District of California ordered the US military to stop enforcing the controversial "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, which required gay service members to not disclose their sexuality. The Central District of California had previously ruled the policy unconstitutional during the course of a lawsuit brought by conservative gay activisits the Log Cabin Republicans. The US military continued to enforce DADT until it was repealed by Congress in December 2010. The repeal became effective September 20, 2011.
Learn more about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the law's repeal at JURIST Features.