DADT & the DC March
The conservative Washington Times' White House correspondent, Matthew Mosk, has a gays-and-Obama piece in today's paper, and while the anti-gay activist Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness is quoted, so are a few gay advocates.
I especially like that the head of the LGBT community's premier legal group is the leader expressing our collective frustration, and I'm really pleased to know that the White House press office, which didn't get back to Mosk, was asked yet again about the gay promises made by Obama before the election.
It may be the dog days of summer in Washington, and the White House staff is trying to take a vacation from politics, but I'm glad I played a small part in generating this story and letting the Obama administration know one sure thing: LGBT advocacy is not on hiatus.
From the Washington Times:
"There's a lot of frustration with the pace of change," said Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, a gay advocacy group that has been urging the president to at least halt enforcement of the policy. "We disappeared from the radar screen after the election." [...]
In recent days, the White House has been involved in discussions about a possible presidential role in a gay-rights march on Washington scheduled for October. Those gestures, though, have not quieted a demand for action.
"I don't want four years to pass and find that cocktail parties in the White House is all we have to show for it," said Michael Petrelis, a longtime activist from California. [...]
The White House didn't return a message requesting comment about its stance on "don't ask, don't tell," but Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist for the gay-advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign, said the White House thinks it would require congressional action to revoke the policy, a stance that is the subject of dispute.
Mr. Elmendorf said he suspects the president has calculated that a legislative battle is not worth waging at this point, especially if it cannot be won.
"Obama clearly wants to repeal it," Mr. Elmendorf said. "But there is a sense there aren't the votes in the Congress to do it right now."