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
Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky headed over to The National Archives and uncovered documents showing that back in the 1940s President Harry S, Truman did indeed survey caucasian soiulders to see if they minded serving along side African Americans and did they ever.with a whopping 85 percent opposed to even having the same Rec Room let alone barracks and a Gallup poll showed 63 percent of American adults favored segregation in the military.But that still did not deter Turman from issuing his executive order . (Learn a lesson there Barack.)
“While smaller, these racial polls share some common questions with the DADT survey. In fact, in some instances one can even replace ‘negro’ for ‘gay’ and end up with today’s questionnaire. Both polls ask servicemembers if they objected to working alongside minorities, how they felt serving with minorities, how effective minorities are in combat and if their feelings have changed about the minority after serving with them
Does this give Obama and Mullins a free pass on the survey now since we have found out that Truman did it? The answer is a resounding NO! It’s no longer 1945. It’s 2010 for pitys sake. And with BOTH the surveys being so alike this actually PROVES how much America HAS NOT evolved in the past 65 years in its prejudices against it’s own citizens. And what makes Obama’s and Mullins DADT survey even MORE OFFENSIVE is the fact that we have an African American President who gave it the greenlight the offensive DADT survey even though there was a survey in the 1940’s that was equally offensive to African Americans.
As the the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell survey, which was distributed to 400,000 members of the Armed Forces this week.has been blasted (and rightfully so) for everything from its focus on the troops’ supposed feelings about showering with gay and lesbian colleagues to its use of the bias-engendering term “homosexual.” Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman has now said that teh survey could lead the military to conclude that it would “perhaps need adjustments to facilities themselves,” indicating that it is not outside the realm of possibility that, in order to preserve the privacy and modesty of heterosexual service members in group showers and barracks, the military would consider segregating gay and lesbian service members in some way.
WTF? The possiblity of Gay and Lesbian segregation coming from the administration of a black president? Oh the perverse irony
Sure. By all means separate bunks for homosexual soldiers. Also, as soldiers may object to sharing rooms with Muslims, separate bunks for Muslims, Hindus, and Catholics. Vegans should not be forced to sleep across the room from Omnivores. Nor Calvinists with Methodists. Southerners should be separated from basically everyone, particularly Coastals. Also, True Bloods from Twihearts. We don’t want any more “incidents” of Harry Potter bashings either: Ravenclaws, keep your hands off the Hufflepuffs!
Fucking bigoted assholes……
Ar times like this I think we should petition the Crown to be readmitted to the UK. Mayhe the American Revolution was a bit rash. We’d be ahead of the game if we’d have stayed put. (And we’d have much better television.)