Skip to comments.White House bars gay groups from military families event
Posted on 04/12/2011 7:07:27 PM PDT by neverdem
Today marks the launch of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's "Joining Forces" initiative to "support and honor America's service members and their families." The two women, along with President Obama and Vice President Biden, will make remarks at the White House in conjunction with the kickoff.
Shortly before the event began at noon, Servicemembers United, which represents gay and lesbian troops and veterans, complained that the White House had barred civilian representatives of gay and lesbian military families from the event.
"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."
"Many straight organizational representatives have been invited to this event, including some with few or no military families in their constituencies," he added. "Yet our thousands of gay military families are shut out from being represented today because of nothing but lingering political homophobia. Gay and lesbian military families should not have to fight this hard just to stand in the back of the room in 2011."
The White House guest list for the event includes a number of business leaders who do not appear to have a direct connection to the military. A White House official told Hotsheet that those individuals represent organizations that have made major commitments to the "Joining Forces" initiative.
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The possibilities are endless.
George Carlin was said during a comedy bit: “Somewhere is the world`s worst doctor.. and somebody has an appointment with him TOMORROW!!”
The psychiatrists had it right, back in the day 40 years ago; that's why the homosexuals mugged them first.
The movement gays are slowly but surely proving all the old shrinks right, whose research was stopped dead when the homocabalists took over psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy (the three different APA's).
I still can't quite figure out what the White House's play was here.
"Chewy" -- lol!! Damn, that's mean! But then, that's a mean woman ..... and she advertises, showing off her biceps all the time, trying to intimidate the other women would be my guess. "Gaze upon my pythons and tremble!!"
That is “Fat Bastard” from the Austin Powers movies.
Perhaps you haven’t seen them.
(Hee hee heee. FB. Get it?)
Face Book. The military uses Face Book now as a way to get information to people. Everyone for the DoD to duty stations.
Is there any royalty in Washington that manufactures some sort of goods or services which includes a payroll which has to pay taxes?
Ross Perot was correct about the giant sucking sound. It's not the Mexicans or NAFTA though. It's government employment.
From your lips to God’s ears...NOTHING angers me more than this POS wrapping himself/herself around the military families ...and members of the military let themselves be used...
Obummer and Moochelle only do this when it’s NOT a DISTRACTION!!!!
On Friday, my son’s CO called a meeting with the NCO’s because it got so ugly. Told everyone to tone it down. Even the comments on the Soldier’s Angels page were angry, and they are never political. I can’t wait to get my update today, LOL!
Very proud of your son...
his “superiors”, NOT SO MUCH!!!
(And I know a bunch of them!)
Oh. Thanx for the info -- actually, that is a little bit of obscure quotidiana of military life. I have a cousin in the Navy, was in myself many years ago, follow military-themed threads here, and I still didn't have a clue.
I raised three boys. 'Nuff said.
Just basic 0bama dumbfuggery. ;-)
I was sure it had to be some triple-obscure, secret-squirrel, inside-the-Beltway Smooth Move(TM) associated with image-management and Staying on Message.