On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the military's ban on open gay service, the AP reported.

In granting a request by the Obama administration, the court said it would not hear an appeal by former Army Captain James Pietrangelo II, who lost his job under the Pentagon policy – often called “don't ask, don't tell” – that prescribes discharge for military members who do not remain celibate or closeted.

The court appeared satisfied with the decision reached by a federal appeals court in Boston that dismissed the suit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans.

The Obama administration argued that the appeals court ruled correctly in deciding that the Pentagon's policy is “rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion.”

Pietrangelo appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, asking it to decide on the policy's constitutionality.

“Don't ask, don't tell” has become an increasingly distracting issue for the president as gay activists continue to call out the president for going back on his campaign pledge to end the ban.

The Pentagon and the White House have offered conflicting statements on the current state of discussions on the issue of repeal. Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues to enforce “don't ask, don't tell” and gay men and lesbians continue to lose their jobs.