Obama wants to maintain ban on open gays for now

The Obama administration wants a federal appeals court to maintain the ban on openly gay servicemembers until the Pentagon is ready for them, probably by the end of the year, and to reject a demand for an immediate halt to "don't ask, don't tell," The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In a filing, the Justice Department asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to suspend legal proceedings while the government implements a federal law repealing "don't ask, don't tell," the 1993 statute barring military service by gays and lesbians who disclose their sexual orientation.

President Obama signed the repeal in December. It takes effect 60 days after he and the Pentagon certify that it will not interfere with military effectiveness or recruiting, the paper reports.

The Justice Department said retraining of current troops should be mostly done by midsummer, and the administration has promised to complete the process before next year.

The call for a waiting period didn't sit well with Log Cabin Republicans, the gay-rights organization that challenged the 1993 law.

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