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Report: HRC Made Deal to Delay Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'


In a new report at The Daily Beast, Jason Bellini claims that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) "let slip" to a number of gay leaders that the Human Rights Campaign told him that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not the White House's priority.

According to Bellini, gay leaders in Washington made a deal with leaders in the House to not push for DADT until sometime next year. "Congressional sources" tell Bellini that HRC wants to focus on a federal hate crimes bill and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) first.

HRC denies there is any such deal.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh, dear. This is not going to end well.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 4, 2009 6:46:24 PM

  2. well this would not surprise me a bit -- this is exactly why I no longer donate to these stooges -- Prop 8 solved me of that behavior~

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Jun 4, 2009 6:48:56 PM

  3. Even if it is true it doesn't let Obama off the hook. Obama promised voters (not HRC) REPEATEDLY that he would end DADT. And is there any proof to back this claim up, or is it just accusations?

    Posted by: Wayne | Jun 4, 2009 6:54:01 PM

  4. I think this is a good compromise. Obama is one of the best politicians i have ever witnessed. He cannot appear weak on national security what so ever and in this age of two wars, iran and north korea. He and the dems does not want to go into the midterms with this being an issue, and perhaps compromising ENDA and the Hate Crimes Bill.

    Everyone needs to chill out BO hasnt been in office for 6 months and we are already expecting him to deliver on ENDA, Hate Crimes, DADT and DOMA. Lets be real there are real issues facing all Americans, not just Gay Americans.

    He will deliver DADT- but itll most likely be after a substantial improvement in the economy and a healthcare bill and in the second term for DOMA repeal.

    Posted by: Travis | Jun 4, 2009 6:54:28 PM

  5. If this is true, I'm not mad at HRC. I believe hate crimes and ENDA would affect more lives than DADT.

    Posted by: Anthony in Nashville | Jun 4, 2009 6:56:11 PM

  6. A largely symbolic hate crimes bill and an ENDA that could have passed years ago if gays and lesbians weren't held hostage in the name of "inclusion".

    Posted by: DaveO | Jun 4, 2009 6:56:23 PM

  7. HRC is a worthless, even counterproductive organization that needs to be DESTROYED!

    They've had fucking years to do shit, and the only shit that gets done is *in spite* of them.

    They need to GO AWAY. The only reason that machine exists is to solicit cash and pay salaries, as well as get on camera a few times so they can feel important. They do not exist to actually help gay people.


    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 4, 2009 7:03:51 PM

  8. Goodbye HRC.

    I'm counting the days till you cease to exist and become party of gay history like tha Matachine Society.

    Posted by: Chrissypoo | Jun 4, 2009 7:04:07 PM

  9. It certainly doesn't surprise me one bit. It's been clear for a while now that the self-appointed gay leaders have an agenda that's quite different from that of people outside the beltway. Their half-assed campaign against Prop. 8 last year just confirmed that suspicion.

    Posted by: Chuck | Jun 4, 2009 7:05:06 PM

  10. Travis, HRC is setting up a false dicotomy that we can have DADT or we can have ENDA and HCPA. There is no reason we can't have all three especially given that 70%+ of the American people already agree with the GLBT community on all three issues. I we get all three, HRC is afraid that they won't be able to raise as much money to make the payments on their gazillion dollar fancy new headquarters or throw as many glitzy $10,000 a couple dinners. They don't have the community's interest at heart. This is about HRC's bottom line and HRC's clot. If HRC has the choice of helping the gay community and becoming financially insolvent or screwing the gay community and being rich, the gay community will get screwed.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 4, 2009 7:08:30 PM

  11. Lets see those "suffering" under DODT joined knowing what they were getting into (not too bright to volunteer to join any military on this green earth - esp one you know hates you).... while those of being beaten on the street and losing jobs have to go out and work.

    I think HRC - if they did this would admit it and should be proud to focus on achievable goals first - that is called smart politics.

    None of those complaining deserve the protection the Hate Crimes and ENDA Bills will bring to their lives.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Jun 4, 2009 7:09:54 PM

  12. @ Travis

    "Obama is one of the best politicians i have ever witnessed"???? your 20 years on the planet? Only 5 of which you've been old enough to understood the difference between politician and Polident?

    You're HALF right...POLITICIAN yes, LEADER NO!!! Though that's EXACTLY what he PROMISED to be in regards to DADT...which HE said the country was READY to get rid of TWO YEARS well as other gay equality issues.

    "National security"...Child, that's exactly what is HURT by DADT. Check out the hot off the airwaves edition of Hardball at the link below wherein Lorrie Jean points out that discharging Arab linguists like Dan Choi just because he's gay is one less person who UNDERSTANDS what the terrorists are saying!!!

    We've had a shortage of such linguists for years. After Bush 1 kicked the gay ones out in the first Gulf War, the government was literally hiring them back as civilians.

    Condoleeza Rice admitted there was still a shortage two years ago and got nailed in a Congressional hearing by a NY Congressman for being unable to justify continuing to discharge gay linguists given that fact.

    National Security is EXACTLY the narrative, based on FACT, around which our Commander-in-Chief could wrap a "Stop Loss" order and freeze discharges given his Congressionally mandated power to do so in times of national emergency...IF he wanted to. What homohater in or out of Congress, from pulpit to pavement, would seriously try to stick their redneck out against THAT argument???

    Whatever when on behind closed doors or did not, Matthews just got Solmonese to publicly agree that OBAMA SHOULD FREEZE DISCHARGES NOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

    Posted by: Michael @ | Jun 4, 2009 7:19:00 PM

  13. I agree with the posters who feel this was the right choice. Hate Crimes and an inclusive ENDA> DADT.

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 4, 2009 7:25:36 PM

  14. I think everyone going to P-town this summer should boycott the HRC store. Let them loose their jobs and profits just like the gay men and lesbian women are doing through DADT.

    Posted by: Email Address: | Jun 4, 2009 7:32:26 PM

  15. HRC may have been useful or relevant back in the '80's but thy have been a joke since they endorsed Republican Al D'Mato over the eventual winner, Sen Schumer. That was when I stopped giving them support or money.

    This is no surprise to me, I just hope others wake up and see that groups like this and Lambda are useless.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jun 4, 2009 7:34:06 PM

  16. @patrick nyc: Wasn't Lambda Legal the group that brought Varnum v. Brien (which affirmed the right to same-sex marriage in Iowa)?

    Posted by: Patrick Garies | Jun 4, 2009 7:48:30 PM

  17. Lots of hate against HRC for a Senator who has misspoken time and time again. Prop 8 was not HRC's fight but they helped raise millions of dollars and send staff there as well. How about asking the "family" friendly politicians who HRC helped with money and staff to win so we now have a more "understanding" majority. HRC is a bipartisan organization and we should support those politicians who support or agenda. Why try to "hurt" an organization that fights for LGBT rights. Isn't there enough Right-Wing opposition to fight against? Bitter party of one?? How many of you have called your Senator and Representative about Hate Crimes Legislation, ENDA and DADT?? I have called both local offices and national offices. I also lobby at my statehouse as well. Stop bashing HRC and start being part of the solution. Find another group to support with your time and/or money.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 4, 2009 7:51:31 PM

  18. Lambda and the National Center for Lesbian Rights are generally the two best orgs out there for us. They actually fight discrimination head on in court. They don't spend exorbitant amounts of money on star studded galas or large office buildings. Lambda does at least twice as much as HRC does and has less than half the money HRC pulls in a year. Look at every major court win for the GLBT community in the last 10 years and you'll see either Lambda or NCLR or both involved with the suit.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 4, 2009 7:55:10 PM

  19. I hate to be a cynic about all this... but I think many are missing the point... FUNDRAISING.

    If HRC can get another year of heavy donations to fight DADT, it HELPS HRC staff through another celebrity event...

    if all of the Marriage Eequality groups have to argue state by state, then that will result in fundraising money for at least 5-10 more years.

    the 21st century gay rights rroup motto:
    = after you right us a check...

    Posted by: jrp001 | Jun 4, 2009 7:57:18 PM

  20. HRC and NLGTF have NEVER been useful or relevant.

    Gay power comes from the streets, not from the suites.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 4, 2009 7:59:19 PM

  21. HRC and Lamda Legal both opposed to the ace lawyers and their advisory board bringing the gay equality trial to Federal Supreme Court.

    you said it, JRP001
    -- the non profit (but well salaried) org leader's pockets would suddenly be empty without those struggling check-writing gays.

    Posted by: Martha | Jun 4, 2009 8:06:56 PM

  22. i hate to be defending HRC on this one, but if it is indeed true, i also think it is smart politics. i don't know that it is politically possible to get everything that we've been asking for (and that we deserve, and that we should not be asking for in the first place). and until someone convinces me about that, i will believe that the slowly but surely approach is probably best. it doesnt mean that we will wait forever, it just means that we are smart enough to realize we don't want to give fodder to the haters so they can use it to put another bush/cheney/ashcroft/gingrich/musgrave/santorum and the like back in power for a decade. that would set us back ages. and trust me, no amount of protests would force those guys to lift DADT, DOMA, pass ENDA or repeal HIV+ ban on travelers/immigrants

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Jun 4, 2009 8:25:37 PM

  23. oh and i heart lambda legal and national center for lesbian rights. i heart the aclu. i give money to all of them. the little that i can.

    but i think we also need an hrc. at least for now. do the need to change? probably. but that's no reason enough to get rid of them altogether. consider what espa is doing in new york; or nhftm in new hampshire, or glad in ma, etc. this is no easy work at the (liberal) state level. imagine what it is at the (not liberal) federal level... we need to be patient people. assertive, watchful, but patient nonetheless.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Jun 4, 2009 8:32:22 PM

  24. i's politics people... POLITICS. like it or not, that's what we have. politicians promise to change the way things are run. sometimes they do, most times they don't. either way, so long as we can't pass an omnibus bill through this congress, addressing ENDA, DADT, DOMA, the ban on HIV+ travelers/immingrants, etc., we are gonna have to prioritize. and if this report is true, i do believe this prioritization is as good as any i've seen. think about it this way: would you rather have to wait 4-6 years and get where you wanna be or have to suffer through another decade of anti-enlightenment fanatics like huckabee, bush, gingrich, etc?

    people, we have to be patient. assertive, yes; watchful, yes. but patient nonetheless. and smart about not repeating errors past.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Jun 4, 2009 8:50:27 PM

  25. How the fuck does an overpaid, unelected and out of touch bunch of douchebags get to set the agenda for the other 99.999999999999999% of gays in America?

    They don't. But it's convenient for politicians to point to them as our representatives in order to offset some of the blame for their own failure to act.

    They need to go.

    Posted by: paul c | Jun 4, 2009 8:58:50 PM

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