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GOP Group Renews Call For End Of Gay Military Ban

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Don't Ask Don't Tell

A man holds a sign during a prior rally against the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gay soldiers in Washington, D.C. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – A Republican gay rights group is again asking a federal appeals court to immediately lift the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.

Lawyers for Log Cabin Republicans told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in legal papers filed Tuesday that Congress still could derail the ongoing effort to rescind the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Several Republican lawmakers have proposed amendments to a defense bill a House committee is set to consider Wednesday that would slow repeal.

A 9th Circuit panel is already considering the government’s appeal of an order by a California trial judge barring enforcement of the ban. Log Cabin wants the panel to remove its hold on the order or put the case on a fast track.

(Copyright 2011 by CBSSan Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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