RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The federal government has asked a federal judge to refrain from ordering an immediate end of enforcement of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
In a court filing, the Justice Department said any injunction on the policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces should be limited to service members involved in a lawsuit brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, CNN reported.
"A court should not compel the Executive to implement an immediate cessation ... particularly at a time when the military is engaged in combat operations and other demanding military activities around the globe," federal lawyers said.
After U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, sitting in Riverside, Calif., ruled the 17-year-old policy is unconstitutional, the plaintiffs asked for an injunction barring its further enforcement. Attorney General Eric Holder had said he did not plan an appeal.
Robert Gibbs, President Barack Obama's press secretary, said the president is committed to repealing "don't ask, don't tell."