U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has denied the government's request for a stay of her injunction against enforcement of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

The Obama administration has already said it will appeal the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Last week, Phillips granted plaintiffs, represented by gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, the injunction they sought after she ruled the law unconstitutional last month.

In its request, the government argued that a court-ordered repeal of the 17-year-old policy would be “disruptive to military readiness,” but Phillips disagreed.

“While Defendants' interests in preventing the status quo and enforcing its laws are important, these interests are outweighed by the compelling public interest of safeguarding fundamental constitutional rights,” she wrote. “The evidence Defendants submitted with this Application has not demonstrated otherwise.”

President Barrack Obama supports ending the policy, but said last week that he wants Congress to repeal the law.

“By the judge keeping the injunction in place, lesbian and gay service members are protected another day, but the uncertainty has not gone away,” Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the largest group lobbying for repeal of the law, said in a statement.

“We're talking about the careers of patriots, people who are on the frontlines serving our country – some of whom are highly decorated – and the court needs to keep the injunction in place.”

Sarvis also warned gay service members to not reveal their sexuality: “During this interim period of uncertainty, service members must not come out.”

On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced it would accept openly gay recruits, so long as Phillips' injunction remains in place.

Lt. Dan Choi, the gay rights activist discharged from the Army after he announced he's gay on national television, immediately reenlisted.