UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
The U.S. Justice Department is asking that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bans gays from openly serving in the military to continue to be in place while the policy's appeal is under scrutiny.
The Obama Administration says the case raises serious legal questions, and the current policy needs to be implemented until decisions are made on whether or not to keep the policy.
One Central Texan says gay's should have the same rights as others. "I don't think they should be kicked out for that," says William Roland. "I mean, if they have the right to fight for their country, they live here also, they were born here, they're American, they should be able to fight for their country."
Requests to keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in place temporarily came after a judge in California ordered the Pentagon to stop enforcing the policy.