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Friday
Jul152011

Federal Court Asked to Reconsider Order on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The legal saga concerning the repeal of the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" military policy continued Thursday night.

The Obama administration filed papers on Thursday asking a federal appeals court to reconsider an order from last week ruling that DADT was no longer enforceable worldwide.

Even though Congress has passed a law that eventually will repeal DADT, the order from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals called for an immediate halt to the policy.

In court papers, lawyers for the Obama administration argue against an "abrupt" court order putting an end to the policy in favor of an "orderly transition" put in place by the political branches.

The Justice Department lawyers said they expect the military will certify the repeal of the law sometime by the end of July or early August, after which there will be a 60-day wait before the law will be taken off the books.

A gay rights group challenging the law has been frustrated with the Obama administration's timeline.

"'Don't ask, don't tell' is an offense to American values that should have been gone long ago," said R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, in a statement.  "It is shameful that a president who has taken credit for opposing the policy is taking extreme measures to keep it on life support."

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