Gov't Wants "Don't Ask" Policy To Stay For Now

obama dontask Gov't Wants "Don't Ask" Policy To Stay For Now

(CBS/ AP)

The Justice Department has asked a U.S. judge to allow the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays to continue during an appeal.

In court papers, the Obama administration says the case raises serious legal questions and that the government will be irreparably harmed unless the current policy is allowed to remain in place temporarily.

The Justice Department action came two days after a judge in California ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcement of its policy barring gays from openly serving in the military.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama said the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the military “will end on my watch.”

Speaking at a town hall meeting of young adults Thursday, Mr. Obama said he believes anyone who wants to serve in the military should be allowed to do so regardless of sexual orientation.

However, Obama says he can’t end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law with an executive order and is urging Congress to repeal it.

The president did not discuss his administration’s request to allow the policy to remain in place during an appeal.

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