Friday, July 23, 2010
Lawyers seek injunction to halt military gay rule
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Lawyers for a Republican gay rights organization say they will ask a federal judge in California to impose an injunction to halt the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy nationwide.
The lawyers for the Log Cabin Republicans are expected to make the request during their closing arguments in a Riverside courtroom.
The case is considered the policy's biggest constitutional test in recent years.
It has put the Obama administration in the awkward position of defending a policy President Obama wants repealed.
Government attorneys have said throughout the two-week trial the matter should be decided by Congress, not a federal judge.
The government presented only the policy's legislative history as its defense.