Obama administration asks court to reconsider 'don't ask, don't tell' order
July 14th, 2011
08:15 PM ET

Obama administration asks court to reconsider 'don't ask, don't tell' order

The Obama administration Thursday evening asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its order last week blocking the U.S. military from enforcing its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays and lesbians serving in the military.

U.S. officials have been moving ahead with dismantling the policy but had objected to having the courts force the government to officially repeal it at this time.

At issue in the complex legal fight is whether "don't ask, don't tell" can remain in effect - even in name only - while the legal fight over its constitutionality is being carried out in the federal courts. Judges have been at odds over the enforcement issue for months.

The case has put the Obama administration in an unusual position of supporting a repeal, but at the same time filing court motions to prevent it from happening faster than planned. Military officials suggest the policy compliance changes eliminating "don't ask, don't tell" could be finished in a few weeks.

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  1. Cesar

    @banasy where ever you are: Hi.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Moses' wife was a beautiful balck Nubian whose father was named Jethro. Nubian women were world-renouned for their exquisite beauty, and as the bible records, their "breasts like watermellons". he he..."bootay" is only what you saw from around the corner. That's a whole-lotta woman this gal with roots in Africa. Whole-lotta woman. Overcome anything thrown her way! And with a smile. I salute you and am happy to have ever even known just one of you amazing gals. he he....OK, two. lmao

    July 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samdromeda

      Jethro was a Midianite and not a Nubian. Midianites were Semites or white people. All Arabs are Semites.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Hay Big Joe! How the hell are ya? Good to see you again!

    July 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip


    July 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar


    July 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moses

    ThAt was a fine piece for sure, miss it I do.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Bon soir, mon ami.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Philip: I Was about to to sleep. Saw your posts. Nice to see you around here. Logic tells me that if there was a Moses there was a flood and there is a God. I just doubt he caught all those animals in pairs. Miss Tomcat to. Is he ok? Good nighht. I read and drink more than I post. Bye. Good friend. Zzzzzzzz

    July 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy


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  10. Cesar

    @banasy: Hi my sweet kind online friend you and Philip made me day. Stay real "Queen" nite. Zzzzz

    July 14, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy



    Good night, dear.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Moses: save a spot for us in heven

    July 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samdromeda

      The dead know nothing. Moses is in his grave. There are no spots in heaven for anyone. Even God The Father is moving to Earth.

      July 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    Nite Jazzzz

    July 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip the Marlowe

    Gn Cesar. I miss you Big Joe and all.. 🙂 (and it was Noah. Noah's ark. Not Moses. Noah's ark was bigger than Yankees Stadium and the neighboring Polo grounds, according to Jesus. Jesus himself had copies of Hebrew scrolls containing the writings of the "old testament", including the history of Noah. "Just as in the days of Noah" Jesus would say teaching his disciples of days to come. Jesus wans't conning his students. Noah was "a preacher of righteousness" even according to the Apostle Paul. If you consider yourself a christian and think that Noah is but a lesson/story, think again. It was real. And according to Jesus and Paul, it was about NOW, not then.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    What to hell everybody forgets the gung hoe boo hoo hoo boo oh well hello and sweet dreams too you guys and if we should not wake may I meet all my friends in the afterlife

    July 15, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
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