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Feds want "don't ask, don't tell" halt stayed

Thursday, July 14, 2011
United States Marines attend a training session to familiarize them with the militarys new position regarding gay and lesbian service members and the repeal of the dont ask, dont tell policy Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

United States Marines attend a training session to familiarize them with the military's new position regarding gay and lesbian service members and the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) (AP Photo)

The federal government is asking the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its order last week demanding an immediate halt to the enforcement of the ban on openly gay troops in the military.

The Obama administration filed an emergency motion late Thursday in response to the appeals court's decision last week to lift its stay of a lower court's ruling last year that found the ban, known as "don't ask, don't tell," unconstitutional.

Department of Justice lawyers said in the motion that ending the ban now would pre-empt the "orderly process" for rolling back the 17-year-old policy as outlined in the law passed and signed by the president in December.

The Justice Department asked the 9th Circuit to issue a decision by the end of the day Friday.

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