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GetEQUAL to Protest Obama Today Over 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Activist group GetEQUAL, who were the group behind the recent "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" action in which Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo chained themselves to the White House fence as well as the recent sit-ins in Nancy Pelosi's office over ENDA, will protest today as President Obama makes an appearance at a fundraiser for Senator Barbara Boxer in L.A.

Fierceadvocate GetEQUAL announces why they'll be demonstrating in a press release:

"To demand that President Obama include DADT repeal language in his Defense Authorization budget that is in the process of being sent to Congress, and that he publicly state his support for repeal this year. While the President firmly committed to repeal DADT in his State of the Union this past January, since that time he has gone silent on whether he wants to see the anti-gay law repealed this year. Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) recently said that he is 'disappointed' and 'frustrated' with the Obama administration's silence on DADT, and Frank has called on President Obama to publicly state his desire to repeal DADT this year."

The protest will be held at the California Science Center - Wallis Annenberg Bldg, Exposition Park, 39th St. & Figueroa St in Los Angeles.

On another note, the group has posted a public letter to Obama (which you can sign) thanking him for his recent memorandum ordering hospitals to give visitation and medical power of attorney rights to same-sex couples. The letter highlights the case I posted about over the weekend of Clay Greene and Harold Scull, the elderly gay couple who were separated by the Sonoma County and kept apart while their possessions were sold. 

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  1. I signed the thank you letter to the President, after I did some editing:

    I deleted "President Obama, you have described yourself as a "fierce advocate for equality." The community hopes that we will find justice under your leadership, but our optimism diminishes each day that we remain unequal. I ask you to fulfill your promises by calling on Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, enact the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell immediately."

    It just sounded- to me- like whining; Especially given the huge historical step he took less than a week ago.

    Posted by: Rodney | Apr 19, 2010 1:21:24 PM

  2. Is Daniel Choi going to be at the California Science Center to chain himself to a dinosaur or something?

    Posted by: Hello There | Apr 19, 2010 2:03:43 PM

  3. "huge historical step Obama took last week" my ass! Just put down the Kool Aid and step away from the ObamaRahm clown car! As for your sister bot, HelloThere:

    Dan Choi is going to be at the California Science Center because Obama is going to be there who has chained HIMSELF to the homohating dinosaurs in the Pentagon's Jurassic Park.

    Self-Hating Queers for Obama: WHEN are you going to get over it?

    Posted by: Michael @ | Apr 19, 2010 2:24:23 PM

  4. Psst ... Dan, your 15 minutes is over.

    Posted by: Hello There | Apr 19, 2010 2:52:23 PM

  5. @ Micheal: Pulling away from the Democratic Party is the same as pulling for the GOP, Fox News, and the ever-so attractive Tea Party.

    Good God, man. It's only been 15 months. Our President has already done more for our community than the previous 43 presidents put together. Give the man some time.

    Posted by: Rodney | Apr 19, 2010 5:23:18 PM

  6. Rodney -- yeah, time is what he needs, especially on DADT. I'm sure it'll be easier to pass after November when the teabaggers have more seats.

    Posted by: Brandon | Apr 19, 2010 11:58:55 PM

  7. BIG YAWN...Anytime Michael Bedwell starts her spewing. But Miss Michael THE G.O.P is soooooo waiting for your vote!

    And another thing bitch we're not self hating folks...YOU ARE!

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 20, 2010 12:44:39 AM

  8. Stop hating yourself, chris. Just stop. Leave it to me, chump.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 20, 2010 12:56:30 AM

  9. The California Science Center isn't a natural history museum. That's the California Academy of Sciences. CSC is one of those "hands on" science museums. There are no dinosaurs. However, Dan could chain himself to a giant DNA strand if he wishes.

    Posted by: John | Apr 20, 2010 1:03:54 AM

  10. HELLO THERE: which Obama administration do you work for? Love how GETEQUAL is getting to you!

    How about ACTIONS instead of empty rhetoric and BETRAYAL?

    The GLBT community is way smart and sees your lies. You clowns are so transparent.

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 20, 2010 5:35:26 AM

  11. Yeah, just wait till November; when the Republicans will regain control of the House and Senate and we will be left with nothing but empty promises, so much for being a "fierce advocate." Obama will lose my vote if he doesn't get a "move" on it. If the tea party is any indication of what happens next with their bigotry and intolerance along with the rise of the religious right we are doomed in 2012.

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Apr 23, 2010 7:58:43 AM

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