Gay groups on Monday filed papers asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California to lift its stay on a lower court's ruling ordering the Pentagon to end its enforcement of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

In its filing, the Log Cabin Republicans, the group representing the plaintiffs, said that the military would not be irreparably harmed if the stay is lifted while the case is on appeal.

“Every day the government remains free to implement Don't Ask, Don't Tell, American citizens' constitutional rights are violated,” the group said.

Last week, the 3-judge panel agreed to temporarily block U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' injunction against enforcement of the policy. Phillips struck down the law as unconstitutional in September.

The court is now considering whether to place Phillips' injunction permanently on hold while the case is appealed.

President Barack Obama has said he agrees that the law should be repealed but is pursuing an appeal because he's looking for a “durable” solution from Congress. Repeal advocates remain hopeful that the Senate will act against the law during the lame-duck session after the November midterm elections.

Four additional gay rights groups – Lambda Legal, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Servicemembers United and the Palm Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara – filed amicus briefs on Monday in support of plaintiffs.

Peter Renn, a Lambda Legal staff attorney, told the Washington Post that the government's policy contributes to an anti-gay environment that fuels violence against gay teenagers.

“It is absurd to pretend that the staggering rates of suicide among gay and lesbian teens that have been recently reported magically sprang into existence, without any connection to what adults are saying and doing,” he said.