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White House Bars Gay Group from military families’ event

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:44 pm - April 12, 2011.
Filed under: Gays In Military,Obama and Gay Issues

The folks at Servicemembers United, a group “which represents gay and lesbian troops and veterans” repotst “that the White House had barred civilian representatives of gay and lesbian military families from” a White House event spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden honoring military families:

“It is rather unfortunate that both East Wing and West Wing staff have refused to allow a representative of gay military families to even be in the room at an event that is supposed to honor their commitment and sacrifice,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United.

Kristina Schake, Communications Director for the First Lady, explained the decision this way in an email to CBS News.

“The President has been crystal clear that the Administration is moving forward with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ quickly and efficiently,” she said. “However, it still remains the law. The White House, including the First Lady and Dr. Biden, look forward to working with the families of gay and lesbian service members after certification occurs and repeal goes into effect.”

Nicholson, from Servicemembers United, complained in his statement that “[t]he First Lady’s office has used the continued enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ as an excuse to exclude us, even though they know that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ does not apply to the civilians who work at their advocacy and service organizations.”

I’m sure other gay organizations will be rushing to criticize the White House for not including this group.



  1. How is this any different from the most transparent administration ever?

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — April 12, 2011 @ 8:52 pm - April 12, 2011

  2. Quick! Where’s Granny Dogshit with a lame defense of this?

    Comment by bastiat fan — April 12, 2011 @ 9:07 pm - April 12, 2011

  3. No defense here. Last I heard, Dan Choi was hanging out with the GOPoseurs. Let them deal with it.

    Comment by Auntie Dogma — April 12, 2011 @ 9:57 pm - April 12, 2011

  4. I’m curious wouldn’t that mean he’s just taking his role seriously and not bending the law for personal beliefs? It law sucks but it’s still the law and he has to uphold it.

    Comment by Tim — April 12, 2011 @ 10:08 pm - April 12, 2011

  5. And the wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round, ’round and ’round…

    Comment by John in Dublin CA — April 12, 2011 @ 10:47 pm - April 12, 2011

  6. Except Tim, for “even though they know that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ does not apply to the civilians who work at their advocacy and service organizations.”

    Is anyone surprised that Granny immediately tries to turn it into a ‘GOP is evil’ issue? No defence, but no condemnation.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 13, 2011 @ 7:38 am - April 13, 2011

  7. I personally know several Democrat (EX) military gay couples that would have jumped at the invitation….

    On this issue I would have thought the O’s would have invited gay families that were ousted due to DADT to show their support for gay families “military or otherwise”.

    Comment by Jay — April 13, 2011 @ 8:15 am - April 13, 2011

  8. Tim,

    I suppose the gay brother and his partner of a straight military man should be barred?

    Wrap that pretzel into your elastic code.

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive vote present.

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 13, 2011 @ 9:48 am - April 13, 2011

  9. Won’t enforce DOMA but will enforce DADT. At a social event. By the First Lady. Nice. Who has the balls in that relationship?

    Comment by The Other Peter H — April 13, 2011 @ 12:36 pm - April 13, 2011

  10. More liberal lip service ! Too cowardly to back up their words with deeds. For the liberal crowd, “thinking” and “feeling” hold much more stock than actually doing something.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — April 13, 2011 @ 2:47 pm - April 13, 2011

  11. Servicemembers United was banned from a White House event given by the First and Second Ladies? Big deal.

    The repeal of DADT wasn’t supposed to be a social issue, remember? According to B. Daniel, repeal was all about enhancing military readiness. Nick went one better and claimed that repealing DADT would increase national security. So, since having openly gay troops is all about readiness and security and NOT about the social issue of normalizing homosexuality, what’s the problem with SU being barred from the White House?

    Comment by Seane-Anna — April 13, 2011 @ 11:49 pm - April 13, 2011

  12. Piss off and die granny dementia.

    Comment by MyTurboLover — April 25, 2011 @ 6:38 pm - April 25, 2011

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