DOJ Appeals Halt To Don't Ask Don't Tell

(CN) - The Department of Justice continued to defend its position on the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a motion filed in the 9th Circuit late Thursday, asking the federal appeals panel to reconsider its lifting of a stay while the Obama Administration finishes the "orderly transition" called for by Congress, which could be complete in a matter of weeks.

Early this month, the San Francisco-based circuit lifted a worldwide stay of an injunction that banned the government from enforcing the policy against gay and lesbian soldiers serving openly in the military, concluding that the stay was moot because the government was no longer defending the policy. But the Department of Justice argues that lifting the stay would undermine the process begun under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

Source: Courthouse News Service