President Obama has been spitting out loads of inspiring rhetoric about his intention to, some time or later, end the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which requires the military to kick out highly qualified soldiers just because of their private homosexual activities. It’s not only bigoted – it’s also militarily unwise, taking resources away from the Pentagon just when U.S. forces are stretched particularly thin.
The policy has also been declared unconstitutional, just one week ago, by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips. But what is President Obama doing? He’s pushing the Department of Justice to protest against the declaration by Judge Phillips, and file an appeal to ensure that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell discrimination continues!
On top of President Obama’s betrayal in the courtroom comes his refusal to dedicate adequate resources to ensure the passage yesterday of a Senate amendment to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Obama’s lack of attention to the legislation enabled two Democrats, Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln to join the Republicans in voting against the effort to repeal.
GLBT rights organization GetEQUAL isn’t taking President Obama’s neglect of the effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell sitting down. The group is organizing protest against Obama, demanding that he keep his earlier promises, and use what political capital he has left to push hard for the end of the policy of discrimination. In an appeal to its members yesterday afternoon, Get Equal wrote,
“Four months ago, we asked the President to stop military discharges while the U.S. Congress haggled over our rights. He didn’t respond, and we’re now seeing the result of this complete lack of Presidential leadership and courage. So we’re taking the fight back to the White House. Will you join us?… We need volunteers to help us hold the President accountable and meet him head-on during this election season, asking him at each campaign stop and at each fundraising party, ‘WHEN WILL THE DISCHARGES END?’”