White House bans gays from military families event

Despite the legislative repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military in last year’s lame-duck session, the Obama administration is still keeping gays and lesbians at bay. Today, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden mark the beginning of their initiative supporting military families and will speak at a gathering at the White House.

A group that represents gay and lesbian troops, Servicemembers United, lodged their complaint with gay magazine The Advocate, saying that civilian representatives of gay and lesbian military families were kept from attending the event.

In an email to CBS News, the First Lady’s communications director Kristina Schake explained, “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.”

“However, it still remains the law,” she continued. “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.”

Servicemembers United executive director Alex Nicholson noted the symbolic significance if the White House were to include gay and lesbian troops and their families in the activities.

“It would be a lot more practical to make a gesture of inclusion for the [White House] event than a gesture of inclusion for events around the country,” he said.

In March, a number of gay advocacy groups met with officials at the Department of Defense to talk about the ongoing efforts to implement the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” chief among them being service members’ benefits. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is still on the books and prohibits federal recognition of same-sex relationships, and therefore also the administration of partner benefits.

DOMA is currently being challenged in several jurisdictions and appears to be on a path to the Supreme Court. For his part, President Obama declared in February that he would no longer defend the constitutionality of the 1996 law that Bill Clinton signed.

The patience — and trust — of gay advocacy groups has frequently been tested, after they supported Obama’s candidacy and his campaign promises to repeal DADT and DOMA. Obama recently remarked that his views on same-sex marriage are “evolving,” while during the campaign he supported only civil unions.

“Gay and lesbian military families should not have to fight this hard just to stand in the back of the room in 2011,” Nicholson said.

  • johnhkennedy

    The first thing the Obamas and Bidens should be doing for military families, is Stopping The Wars. We have had 10 years of War, now apparently without end, and then President Obama attacks Libya Without Approval Of Congress. in 2007 US Senator Biden said
    “I want to make clear..the president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran..if he does..I will move to impeach him.” http://huff.to/gGMnJs

    Today Obama attacks Libya without Congress’ approval, but Democrats won’t threaten impeachment when a Democrat violates our Constitution.

    If Vice President Biden was telling the truth to voters in 2007, he should be calling first for Obama’s Impeachment and in addition Biden
    should be running against Obama in the 2012 Democratic Presidential Primary…
    If Biden was telling voters the truth in 2007.

    I’m John H Kennedy, a 46 year Democratic voter and that is my opinion.

  • Pizza Trays

    Why this assumption too that all gays were happy with the DADT Repeal? Many weren’t. On the left, gay pacifists were against gays fighting period. On the right, many gays felt the workplace wasn’t a place to talk about their weekends. And so on. The nature of the debate has been framed by Obama and white gay Democrats. It’s time to hear all views not just the politically-approved ones.

  • RainbowsBelong2God

    Well, isn’t this a surprise. Homosexuals do not want to obey the law of the land when it is inconvenient for them.

    Personally, I agree with dollar10E6, and I am sick of homosexuality being touted out as the biggest problem Americans are facing. We are losing our jobs and our homes; our children are dying by the thousands in three wars all over the world; we boomers can no longer afford to retire after working like a dog all of our lives; We can’t afford health care any longer as we get sicker and sicker; our politicians are outright lying to us; and we are watching in horror everyday as new laws are implemented (over our protests) that subvert the Constitution and threaten to enslave us all! I do not see your desire to have sex with anyone as more important than anything else that is happening right now.

    Get over yourselves! Most of America has supported your right to be treated equally since Stonewall in 1969… but we have to draw the line here.

    I say, either obey the law and wait for your change and stop whining like wussies, or just get the hell out! Because I am sick to my stomach of hearing how mistreated you are in America as you beg, ply and barter for more rights than anyone else has.


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  • ladylove

    they could not allow members of gays and lesbians, and their families to attend such events, until after certification occurs, and repeal goes onto effect.

    not until they are legal,

    both Mrs. BH Flip Flop Obama, and Mrs. Always has Foot in Mouth Biden, are a shame and a National Disgrace, to this GREAT NATION.

    they could have lead by example, but no, not them.

    what hypocrites.

  • Mr.ManZ

    This is the dumbest thing i have ever read. First off this administration bitches and grips until DADT is overturned, “Where gays can serve in the military without fear or secrecy.” And now the same administration is banning them from attending military family events?

    • ladylove

      isn’t this par for the course from both the president and his VP, and their respective wives.

      they tell us we have to tighten our belts, put air in our tires, turn our thermostats down, what to eat, what to feed our children, all the while they live high off the hog, waste jet fuel in record amounts, and eat whatever they damn please.

      Mr. BH Flip Flop Obama, even told a man who questioned the price of gas, to go out and buy a new, energy efficient IE green car, as a way to combat rising gas prices, yep go into more debt, have a huge car payment, have to pay more in car insurance, all so you can save at the gas pump, now there is convaluted economic math if ever there was any. plus you still have to buy gas. and electricity to run the darn thing.

      and all the while laughing at the man.

      now despite their claim that gays should be allowed to openly serve, they won’t allow them to attend any government held photo ops, until they are certified and the appeal has gone into effect.

      they are nothing more than HYPOCRITES.


  • erick1740

    Under the bus you go, gays are no longer politically beneficial. HAAAA!

  • dollar10E6

    If everyone, no matter what their sexual preference, made their sex life a private matter, not suitable for public discussion, this would not be an issue. My sexuality, or lack thereof, does not define my existence; and I wish others would feel as I do.

    • jonavark


      if you are the only one yelling and screaming on a bus.. you get kicked off.