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US seeks delay in 'don't ask, don't tell' ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to allow the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays to continue during an appeal.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has asked a federal 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.

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