why where gay military families banned from the WH event last week to launch the new pet project of Michelle and Jill's?
"Today marks the launch of Michelle Obama and Jill Biden's "Joining Forces" initiative to "support and honor America's service members and their families." The two women, along with President Obama and Vice President Biden, will make remarks at the White House in conjunction with the kickoff.
Shortly before the event began at noon, Servicemembers United, which 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," said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United.
Kristina Schake, Communications Director for the First Lady, explained the decision this way 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.""
This wasn't an event for military - it was for civilians. DADT does not apply to civilians, including civilian family members and organizations dedicated to helping gay families. And yet, they had room on the guest list for some corporate sponsors that have no direct ties to the military or military families...
Answer by vbruno at 3:51 PM on Apr. 23, 2011
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Answer by Carpy at 5:33 PM on Apr. 23, 2011
That's sad that they weren't included. It's hard to show your full support for something and have your actions be a direct contrast of what you say. I would feel lied to if it were me. Personally, I don't think that they want to support it or repeal anything until after the next election because that is an obvious pull to garner that demographic.
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