Michelle Obama and the White House Purposely Bar Gay Groups From Military "Joining Forces" Ceremony

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden’s initiative to “support and honor America’s service members and their families.” entitled “Joining Forces” kicked off today with an opening ceremony which included remarks from President Obama.  But it seems that the only military families and members who were aren’t being honored and included are the gays and lesbians ones

Michelle Obama and The White House purposely did not invite Gay and Lesbian Military groups and organizations from attending the ceremony while other  with few or no military families in their constituencies.

Servicemembers United, who  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” Alex Nicholson, from Servicemembers United siad. “”[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. “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.”

Communications Director for Michelle Obama Kristina Schake, , explained the decision 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.”

Way NOT to go there Mrs. Obama.

Sure is a good thing Jackie Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson didn’t feel that way before the 1965 Civil Rights Act was signed.  Martin Luther King would have never met with Kennedy and Johnson before the signing. 

via CBS News


Will Kohler

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