Nancy Pelosi Talks DADT And Warns EDNA Passage Might Get "UGLY" But She Has No Intention Of Losing Either

Nancy Pelosi told gay leaders and press on a conference call yesterday that she has “no intention of losing on either” DADT repeal or ENDA and discussed issues for both measures.  Pelosi relayed different avenues to passing both “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act this year and solicited feedback from advocates, according to two participants of the call. (Talking with Gay Inc.?  Now THAT scares me.)

According to Pelosi, a vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, once it’s added to the Defense Authorization bill, looks likely next week. and a  vote on ENDA, if it’s not called this week, would likely come the second week of June.

Pelosi also raised the specter of a motion to recommit from GOP members of the legislature, and it could get very ugly — so ugly they won’t discuss it in specifics.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force planned to hold a press conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday urging a vote on ENDA. In addition, GetEqual, a new LGBT direct action organization, planned a demonstration outside Pelosi’s San Francisco district office Tuesday afternoon. The organization circulated a flier reading, “If we don’t get ENDA through the House now, it will DIE. Not just for this year — but probably for many years. We have the votes to pass ENDA in the House. Speaker Pelosi — Don’t delay, schedule this vote now!”

But again lets get real kids.  The main obstacle we are facing is Brack Obama himself. 

No one here flunked Civics. Some of us even managed to get out of college without breathing through our mouths. The real issue is Obama’s unwillingness to LEAD. To get out there and actually advocate something without giving a speech. To set his SecDef back on his heels for that idiotic letter. Presidents do not passively tell Congress to do something and then sit back and wait. Presidents, if they really want something done, actually advocate their positions constantly, in public. Obama did this with the Health Care debate, he was passive and had to really bust his rear end to get anything resembling momentum back on the bill, what passed might have been better than nothing, but it is pretty sorry compared to what he could have had if he had demonstrated leadership by leading instead of waiting.

Personally, I am sick, tired, and disgusted of the same old song and dance routine.

IF DADT and EDNA does not happen. 

I won’t vote Republican, but I WILL stay home.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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