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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to the Pentagon policy forbidding gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, granting an Obama administration request to maintain the Clinton-era “don’t ask, don’t tell” directive. The court said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the military’s policy. The federal appeals court in Boston earlier threw out a lawsuit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans. He…

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