SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) - A federal appeals court in San Franciscohas indefinitely extended its freeze on a judge's order haltingenforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Monday's decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. CircuitCourt of Appeals means gay Americans who disclose their sexualorientations still can't enlist in the armed forces and can bedischarged.

The panel granted the government's request for a stay while itchallenges the trial court's ruling that the ban on openly gayservice members is unconstitutional.

The same panel imposed a temporary hold keeping "don't ask,don't tell" in place last week.

Monday's ruling also heightens pressure on the Obamaadministration to persuade the U.S. Senate to repeal the 1993 lawbefore a new Congress is sworn in.