The Obama administration objected Thursday to immediately ending the military’s ban on openly gay service members, saying that an injunction to stop the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy might harm military readiness at a time of war.
In a filing with a federal court in California, the Justice Department said that a judge who struck down the policy as unconstitutional should not enforce that ruling with a military-wide injunction banning the discharge of gay service members.
“A court should not compel the Executive to implement an immediate cessation . . . without regard for any effect such an abrupt change might have on the military’s operations, particularly at a time when the military is engaged in combat operations and other demanding military activities around the globe,” government lawyers said in their filing.