updated 11/12/2010 1:28:59 PM ET 2010-11-12T18:28:59

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to block enforcement of the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military while a federal appeals court considers the issue.

The court denied a request on Friday from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to step into the federal court review of "don't ask, don't tell." The Obama administration urged the high court not to get involved at this point.

Last month, a federal judge ruled that the policy violates the civil rights of gay Americans, and she issued an injunction barring the Pentagon from applying it. The San Francisco-based appeals court said the policy could remain in effect while it considers the administration's appeal.

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