Group seeks total halt to 'don't ask, don't tell'

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A gay rights organization that won a U.S. District Court ruling declaring the military's ban on openly gay troops unconstitutional is asking the judge to immediately stop the policy from being used to discharge any U.S. military personnel, anywhere in the world.

Lawyers for the Log Cabin Republicans say their proposal filed Thursday in the Riverside, Calif., court asks Judge Virginia A. Phillips to impose a worldwide injunction on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Phillips ruled last week that the policy violates the due-process and free-speech rights of gays and lesbians. She asked the group for input on drafting an injunction.

The government has a week to respond. Department of Justice attorneys have said they would object to an injunction. They say the issue should be decided by Congress.

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