"Legal wrangling over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy continued Monday, as the group suing to end it once again blasted the Obama administration's defense of the policy and another gay rights organization said the ban is indirectly responsible for the recent wave of suicides by gay teenagers.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-gay group that is challenging the constitutionality of "don't ask, don't tell," filed papers Monday with the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in opposition to last week's decision by three of its judges to lift an injunction on the ban, which prohibits gays from serving openly in the military. The group criticized the Obama administration's legal arguments in defense of the ban and reiterated that the policy unfairly affects gay and lesbian troops.

The Justice Department "does not even attempt to refute the fact that the constitutional rights of current and prospective gay and lesbian service members will continue to be violated during any stay," said Dan Woods, a lawyer representing the Log Cabin Republicans. "It remains sad and disappointing that the government seeks to continue to enforce 'don't ask, don't tell' by its motion for a stay pending appeal, even as the President has repeatedly said that the policy 'weakens' our national security."

President Obama opposes the ban and wants Congress to repeal the law through legislation. Representatives from gay rights groups are expected to meet Tuesday with White House officials to discuss ongoing repeal efforts, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

"The Obama administration is putting paperwork ahead of the fundamental constitutional rights of service members," the Log Cabin Republicans' executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, said Monday. "This is just another in a long line of delay tactics from a president who has not missed an opportunity to defend this policy in court." ..."

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