Not unexpected, but Josh Gerstein from Politico broke the news via twitter:
Justice Department just filed emergency stay request with 9th Circuit on #DADT. More TK
From the motion, here’s what the Obama administration wants:
We respectfully request that the Court enter an administrative stay by today October 20, 2010, pending this Court’s resolution of the government’s motion for a stay pending appeal, which would maintain the status quo that prevailed before the district court’s decision while the Court considers the government’s stay motion.
I’ve uploaded the document to Scribd.com:
Emergency Stay Request