The Department of Justice filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Ciruit in the Log Cabin Republicans v. United States case today, asking the court for "emergency" reconsideration of its July 6 decision to lift the stay of the worldwide injunction of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law -- a motion that asks for the stay to be put back in place by "close of business" on Friday, July 15.

Additionally, not waiting until its July 21 deadline to respond to a later order from the appellate court, the government submitted a second filing, responding to the Ninth Circuit's claim that "it appears to the merits panel that the United States is not prepared to defend the constitutionality of 10 U.S.C. § 654" -- the DADT law. DOJ countered today that "it has fully defended, and continues to defend, the constitutionality" of DADT "as it exists following enactment of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010." DOJ makes the argument in a letter that states that -- after the repeal act was signed into law -- Section 654 became a "transitional provision."

The government argues that "§ 654 remains in force by operation of § 2(c) of the Repeal Act, which provides that § 654 'shall remain in effect until such time that all of the requirements and certifications required by' the Repeal Act 'are met.'" Because of this provision in the repeal act, the government argues, "§ 654 is now a transitional provision that remains in force only until the Executive Branch completes the repeal process."

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The Obama Department of Justice is filing an emergency motion with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pleading with the court to reconsider its order vacating the stay. The Ninth Circuit last week removed a stay against the worldwide injunction awarded in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, effectively halting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

“This latest maneuver by the President continues a pattern of doublespeak that all Americans should find troubling. All this does is further confuse the situation for our men and women in uniform,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, combat veteran and captain in the United States Army Reserve. “Let me be clear – the president is asking the court for the power to continue threatening servicemembers with investigation and discharge, and the right to turn away qualified Americans from military service for no reason other than their sexual orientation. Even if the administration never uses that power, it is still wrong, and the Ninth Circuit was clear that there is no justification for continuing the violation of servicemembers’ constitutional rights. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is an offense to American values that should have been gone long ago. It is shameful that a president who has taken credit for opposing the policy is taking extreme measures to keep it on life support.”

"The motion that the government filed today has no other purpose than to request - on an emergency basis - that the military be permitted to investigate and discharge servicemembers, and block new enlistments, based solely on those individuals' sexuality,” said Dan Woods, partner of White & Case and lead attorney in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States. “The government's request is inexplicable on any other basis."

Log Cabin Republicans have maintained a three-front strategy against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ lobbying for repeal in Congress, consulting with the Department of Defense, and filing suit in federal court. The case went to trial in July of 2010, and Judge Virginia Phillips ruled on September 9, 2010 that the policy violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.