October 14th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Justice Department seeks stay of 'don't ask' ruling

The Justice Department plans to file an appeal Thursday afternoon seeking an emergency stay of a federal judge's ruling stopping the military's policy barring openly gay men and lesbians from serving, a spokesman from the plaintiff's law firm said.

Justice Department lawyers say they want the federal court in California to grant a stay of the injunction, which would remain in effect throughout the appeals process.

The government says the stay would allow for an orderly transition to a policy allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the U.S. military.


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  1. sam wozniak

    Ah ha! So Obama really doesn't want "don't ask" repealed after all! He got a campaign promise handed to him on a silver platter, and now he wants it overturned!?

    October 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Politicsruineverything

    Obama DOES want it repealed, but the game of Politics isn't making it easy for him....

    October 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Keep it up

    Please! mockery is at it highest. But the voters will have the last say!

    October 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    What the hell is wrong with don't ask, don't tell, don't harrass? A lot of people don't even know about the 3rd don't. Serving your country is about selfless-service. The only people that care about this are the people who will never serve a day in their lives. Who don't give a damn how this might affect the military. All they care about is making a point no matter what they might destroy in the process and that is why so many people are sick and tired of the gay agenda

    October 15, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. jen

    frank...you are an idiot...stupide

    October 15, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. jay

    Frank is absolutely correct in the army all we are suppose to see is green I don't want to know if you are gay and I shouldn't have to be presented with it

    October 15, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    Politics isn't the reason. This man is a lousy Commander in Chief. He doesn't listen to his Generals. One can not fight a war with a rule that prohibits our soldiers to fire upon the enemy if civilians are nearby. It gets our soldiers killed if not then, then in the future because the enemy is allowed to escape. It's a War. It's called a War and not a Collaboration because the goal is to defeat the enemy.
    Obama was told by his Secretary of Defense, the military must figure out housing. Gay people will be sleeping together. They might have to have Gay barracks.
    But most of all what this ruling does is it ruins our military. Because alot of Christians are enlisted. It's one thing for Gay people to be in the military, it's something totally different for Gay men to be holding hands and kissing each other in public.
    I'm sorry, but that's gross. This is the military. Their job is to kill. Not have to endure gross disgusting behavior by other men. People have the right to expect not to see something.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Renee

    Oh how terrible for tax paying citizens of this country to want equal rights! Equal human and civil rights are not an "agenda". and Frank, many people who care about this were active military personnel (like Arabic translators and medics) who were discharged under DADT.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |