Axelrod: 'Don't ask' appeal was 'custom'
By Matt DeLong and Ed O'Keefe
During a live video chat from the White House, senior adviser David Axelrod was asked why the Obama administration opted to appeal a federal judge's injunction to stop the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy while the president maintains that he wants to end the ban.
"It is the custom of the U.S. government to appeal laws of Congress that were challenged in lower courts," Axelrod replied. "It should be by no means read as an abandonment of a commitment, and we intend to keep it."
Meanwhile, senior Obama administration officials are scheduled to meet Tuesday with prominent liberal and gay rights groups about legislative efforts to repeal the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military. Among the groups set to participate in the meeting are:
Center for American Progress
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Human Rights Campaign
Log Cabin Republicans
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Matt DeLong and Ed O'Keefe
| October 26, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
Categories: Administration, Military
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