White House Responds to Ruling on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

I reached out earlier today to the White House for response to yesterday's ruling declaring "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unconstitutional, and just received this statement from White House spokesman Shin Inouye:

"The Justice Department is studying the decision, including the question of its scope and immediate effect and we expect them to announce their next steps after that review is completed. The President remains committed to legislative repeal of DADT, and he will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal this fall. And he will continue to work closely with Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff on an ongoing study of how to best implement the repeal."


  1. Alex says

    Lame, limp, and cowardly, so no surprise that it’s from the Obama admin. Instead of welcoming and applauding, the White House plays it safe and hands the Log Cabin Republicans credit for repealing DADT. Why are Democrats such morons?

    I’m so over Obama, what an arse.

  2. Christopher says

    “He will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal this fall”

    Makes it sound like he’s not willing to take this at face value and run with it.

    For weather-freaks out there, Fall doesn’t officially start until the 23rd…

  3. says

    Obama is committed to legislative repeal, not judicial repeal, so he’s going to let this go to Congress where it will fail miserably after the November Republican Reclamation of Congress, which was doubtless the plan all along.

  4. Gridlock says

    This is amusing:

    “The President remains committed to legislative repeal of DADT, and he will continue to work with lawmakers to achieve that goal this fall.”

    He’ll fight any judicial repeal with the full power of his DOJ in order to keep the issue legislative, and therefore wrapped up in his plan to kill it with the Pentagon bigots having final say on whether or not fags make soldiers feel icky.

    Parse, Parse, Parse.

    This is just like the Public Option.

  5. reality bites says

    roscoe BS

    there is no way repubs take majority of either house. the average in an offseason election just for the hosue is only 25 seats and dems only pulled off better than that 2 times with the worse president ever at the helm motivating people put in the opposition party

    Yeah there r tons of tea baggers all up in arms over obama (cause hes black and only repub lite as vs rabid right wing crazy) but they r not even the majority of their own party

    reality will see dems loose probably around 25 seats if repubs r very lucky = No new office or leadership role for bohener and maybe loose 3 at most seats in the senate from 59 (counting 2 indies that caucus with dems) dems controlling 56 seats (2 of which indies that caucus with dems)

    hell the main stream media and outdated pollsters( gallup does not factor in the majority of younger voters and black voters that dont have land lines and use cell phones….gallup only polls old fart neanderthalls with outdated tech landlines) had hillary beating obama when it was obvious to anyone with 2 brain cells he had already won and priumary math was against her as well as having mcoldster neck and neck with obama when
    reality showed something else entirely

    dems will retain control of both houses though with fewer numbers

  6. Tim says

    too bad Obama isn’t actually supporting legislative “Repeal”. The compromise that he supported and that is currently languishing in the senate isn’t actually “Repeal”. It’s only legislative permission for the military to change the policy when and if they ever actually feel like it. And, it doesn’t define what to change it to since they removed the non-discrimination language from it.

  7. Steve says

    How much more studying needs to be done?

    I know – let’s stall the issue until the fall elections, when the Repubs take over – and then we can blame the non-passage on them.

    Obama needs to grow a pair. I want my vote back.

  8. Rin says

    If they don’t have a legislative appeal there will be no “legitimacy” in terms of the repeal and it will create a HUGE divide and quite possibly a break in the military ranks. He is being smart by saying he waits for legislative because it is prudent politically to sit this fence.

    Is it the right thing? That’s another matter entirely.

    The military is made up of conservatives, predominantly. Liberals are way, way, way in the minority. Conservative, Bible or Koran reading, apple pie eaters in the majority. They already have a bad taste in their mouth over Rove’s “legislating judges” shit and this will not fly. There will be a backlash probably against gays in the military because they are a captive audience for it. :(

    It would be NICE if Congress could grow some balls and do the right thing and prevent something awful from happening by just voting in the repeal.

  9. reality bites says

    Miguel yes the main stream media is pimping that whole mem cause booga booga scarry scarry repubs going to take congress sells while reality would see people turning off the news “Dems will retain control”

    Ill bet ya that my prediction is right. Im still waiting on a bunch of people to pay me for being right on obama beating hillary and eventually winning the general

  10. Paul says

    Moan about Obama as much as you like. Nothing will change the fact that the alternative is the Republicans.
    Newt Gingrich, Bachmann, Sharon Angle, McConnell, Boehner. These people will take us back 25 years given have the chance.
    Aside from that if Republicans regain power their economic policies will turn America into a broken Empire, a third world country.
    Vote Democrat, they are the best of a bad bunch. Republicans are going to vote in massive numbers, despondency at this point on our part will hand the crazies the power once more, and at that point you can kiss any hopes of Doma, Enda, or anything else ever being repealed.

  11. Max says

    Log Cabin Republicans: 1
    President Messiah: 0
    Democrat-controlled Congress: 0

    Sorry kids, you can’t get your vote back, but there’s a midterm election coming up. Give it a little more thought this time.

    Tom, the racial slur is unnecessary.

  12. Rin says

    I’m not saying it is right of Obama, because I am not. However, this isn’t the same as asking for gay marriage in your state. If there is a backlash over a court ruling by the Maggie Gallaghers of this world big fucking whoop. She’ll stomp her chubby feet and that’s the end of it.

    If you force something on a bunch of dudes who are trained to kill, who go through bootcamp that is part hazing, part exercise, with dudes who in many cases chose the military over prison and there is a backlash on gays it will get ugly.

    I wish Congress would make it a damn law so that there is no room to grumble among the ranks. Sorry, this is probably just a “moms” point of view but I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.

  13. Dagoril says

    Grumbling in the ranks is permitted. Disobeying orders is not. The first time any straight soldier gets “ugly” about it, they get drummed out of the military. That’s how discipline is maintained. That’s why the same bigots you seem to be so afraid of are not lynching blacks every day, or raping women left and right, or murdering Jews and Muslims in their sleep in their bunks.

    It’s beside the point however. The Court has found the law unconstitutional. It’s over. No need to “repeal it legislatively” now, because it’s moot. Now is Obama a pussy and will he refuse to man up and do the right thing? You betcha he is a pussy.

  14. fireblazes says

    RIN Sorry, this is probably just a “moms” point of view but I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.

    Honey, people are already getting, hurt, maimed and killed by the homophobes. As long as people are forced into the closet by threats of violence nothing will ever change. Because the haters win.

  15. JB says

    1. Thank God for the Log Cabin Republicans, for having the balls to fight this battle that has been ongoing for twelve years. It’s a historic victory.

    2. Shame on Obama and the Democratic Congress for stealing the gay vote, as usual. Shame on gay voters, for not thinking things out, before falling for stereotypical rhetoric (again).

    3. The Military leaders are not as bigotted or homophobic as one might think. They are actually very ready to accept an overturning of this ridiculous policy. But as long as they don’t have to, they may not. So the Admin. and Congressional lack of support is pathetic.

    4.The GOP has made HUGE strides regarding inclusion and acceptance of the GLBT community, our issues, and equality. So stop drinking Kool Aid, and calling them names that are actually more befitting of the Democratic party. They are making historic endorsements of even gay marriage. Thanks to the ardent work of gay Republicans, who never get credit for gradually educating the close minded and conservative, and are the minority within the GLBT community.

  16. says

    @ Rin: Obama has NEVER worked WITH Congress for a guaranteed end to the ban—in fact, he’s worked AGAINST it…forcing our allies in Congress to trash the bill that WOULD have done what you want: unequivocally ordered the military to end discharges and any other form of discrimination against gays. That was the five-year old proposed Military Readiness Enhancement Act…now DEAD thanks to Obama. For those who care to know the FACTS behind the steam rising from another crock of WH shit, read on.

    Less than two weeks after Obama was sworn in, the “Boston Globe” reported on a deal he had made with the Pentagon to delay addressing “repeal” until THEY were ready for it. Almost a year-of-doing-nothing-to-end-discharges to the day later—VOILA: SECDEF Gates claims to have had a religious conversion, but, ooops, can’t end discharges now, must spend millions of taxpayer dollars to “study” blah blah blah.

    Thus, the only difference between Obama and Bill Clinton in relation to the ban was that Clinton came into office genuinely intending to lift it and then caved to the military, while Obama came into office ALREADY having caved to the military. Therefore, pretty words aside, the only ACTION Obama took during all of 2009 was to:

    1. Continue kicking out gay servicemembers day after day even tho he had/still has the legal power to stop such discharges with the stroke of the proverbial pen in the name of national security under a law passed by Congress in 1983 that the Supreme Court has ruled constitutional.

    The law is “10 United States Code § 12305”—“Authority of the President to Suspend Certain Laws Relating to Promotion, Retirement, and Separation.” It reads, emphasis mine:

    “Notwithstanding ANY other provision of law, during any period members
    of a reserve component are serving on active duty pursuant to an order to
    active duty under authority of section 12301, 12302, or 12304 of this title,
    THE PRESIDENT MAY SUSPEND ANY PROVISION OF LAW relating to promotion, retirement, OR SEPARATION applicable to ANY member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the
    United States.”

    The President himself said in June of 2009 that such discharges “weaken national security.”

    The practice itself is known as “stop-loss,” and, at the discretion of the DoD, has been applied to gays at various times going all the way back to WWII after the formal ban was first established.

    Over the last year, no less than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin have asked him to freeze discharges, along with 77 members of the House who asked him by letter to do it last summer.

    2. Further, as noted in this lawsuit, he has allowed his DOJ to REPEATEDLY AND LEGALLY UNNECESSARILY defend DADT in court. In June of last year, they convinced the Supremes to deny certiorari to the DADT challenge by former Army CAPT Jim Pietrangelo [the same arrested twice this year at the White House with Dan Choi]. They tried repeatedly and ruthlessly to stop the LCR case ruled on yesterday, including claiming that one of the plaintiffs, a gay servicemember in Iraq, could not claim harm since he had not yet been discharged, and refused LCR’s offer to table their lawsuit if the DOJ would stop discharges pending repeal.

    This coming Monday, the ODOJ is scheduled to go into court AGAIN to defend DADT in the “Witt” case. [Since his being sworn in, he has allowed his DoD…JUST LIKE BUSH DID..to IGNORE the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling that any gays with the seven states it covers cannot be discharged without proof that he/she SPECIFICALLY harms the military.]

    Yes, in his January 10 SOTU, he declared, “This year, I WILL WORK WITH CONGRESS and our military to finally “repeal” the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are”…then immediately went MIA again…except for:

    CONTINUING to discharge gays day-after-day;

    CONTINUING to let his DOJ defend DADT;

    ALLOWED his direct report, the SECDEF, to create yet ANOTHER UNNECESSARY “study” based on homophobic presumptions and built to delay or outright kill any chance of “repeal” ACTION by Congress;

    REFUSED to personally insert “repeal” in HIS submissions to Congress re DEFAUTH both last year and this year;

    BACKED the hardball play by Gates and rancid HASC Chair Skelton to demand that Congress NOT act on ANY “repeal”-related legislation before Gates wanted them to….

    —all which resulted usually-reluctant critic gay Cong. Barney Frank to evolve from saying Obama was “ducking” the issue to declaring that he believed the President was, in fact, AGAINST “repeal” this year, and that HIS opposition was giving members of Congress an excuse NOT to vote for “repeal.”

    WHICH BRINGS US TO MAY OF THIS YEAR and the MYTH that Obama was the hero when, in fact, he BETRAYED his own promises, members of his own Party, gay servicemembers, and the entire gay community.

    “Talking Points Memo,” May 26, 2010:

    “The final push [for ‘repeal’] CAME FROM THE HILL, where key members of Congress who support ‘repeal’, like Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made it clear that they were moving forward with “repeal” legislation WITH OR WITHOUT THE WHITE HOUSE’S BLESSING. ‘Levin and others made it clear that the train was leaving the station and the White House not only was not conducting but THEY WEREN’T EVEN ON BOARD’, Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, an advocacy group for gays in the military, said in an interview with TPMDC. ‘They were backed into a corner and it was blatantly obvious SO THEY FINALLY DECIDED TO GET ON BOARD’.”

    Alas, instead of getting on board, and using his powers as POTUS and real head of the Party to help our allies in Congress wrangle Dem holdouts, he DERAILED the train to a GUARANTEED end to discharges, virtually wadding up, at the insistence of Gates, the REAL “repeal” bill that he had repeatedly promised to fight for, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, and forcing them to throw it out the window.

    “The Huffington Post,” June 3, 2010:


    “’At the end of the day, extraordinary power was given’ to the Pentagon.” – SLDN Director Aubrey Sarvis, “Politico,” May 26, 2010.

    The result is that the “delayed trigger” replacement amendment [unlike the MREA] would NOT GUARANTEE an end to discharges along with repeal of the law EVER even IF Obama/Gates/Mullen [read: Gates] agree to confirm to Congress at some UNSPECIFIED date after “the study” ends December 1st that “repeal” would not harm the military.

    Even IF they do, there is no longer anything that would prevent the military from going back to its own internal pre-DADT policies that had resulted in well over 100,000 discharged.

    And given that the Senate may not vote on DEFAUTH until after midterms which would likely kill any chance of including the “maybe repeal” amendment, there is reason to believe that nothing’s happening because, as Barney Frank said in the Spring, the White House is still signaling to Dems that they do not WANT it voted on this year. If it’s not, the earliest we could even IMAGINE that it could be would be sometime after the 2012 election IF Dems regain control of both houses.

    Obama is working to end the ban? In a pig’s eye!

  17. justiceontherocks says

    If i have the choice of relying on the courts or Obama to recognize my rights, I’ll take the courts every time. Wish Obama had a set like the Governator, or Richie Daley in his own hometown.

  18. says

    “Log Cabin Republicans: 1
    President Messiah: 0
    Democrat-controlled Congress: 0

    Sorry kids, you can’t get your vote back, but there’s a midterm election coming up. Give it a little more thought this time.”

    Hmmm, funny the Republican part of the Congress was left out of the above tally. As if the LCR’s and Meghan McCain are suddenly the new leaders of the Republican party. But they ain’t. If the Dem’s score 0 (and I won’t argue with that–they’re a cowardly lot), the Repub’s score -10.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the LCR’s have finally accomplished something; they deserve credit for actually working towards gay equality, and succeeding in this case, unlike the GOProud conservative lapdogs. If only the LCR’s could convince their Repub brothers actually in office to vote our way even once, but the vast majority of the Republican party remains virulently anti-gay. Anyone who insists otherwise should list the pro-gay candidates so we’re all informed.

    It’s not the Republican part of the LCR’s that’s making forward strides, it’s the gay part acting in their and our self-interest. Bravo for that, but anyone who thinks this means anything within the Republican party as a whole is either being foolish or disingenuous.

    I’m fortunate to be a liberal with 100% pro-gay Democrats representing me in Congress. No Kool Aid required to know who I’ll vote for.

  19. RED DEVIL says

    VOTE REPUBLICAN The one that are NOT in office are endorsing you. Now go give your votes to the ones running. And lets really see how committed they are to you fags!

    It’s going to be a HOOT! TRUST ME!

  20. Jake says

    You know what Obama is doing it at his pace and you don’t FUCKING LIKE IT because it’s not to your liking. You voted for him because you felt you had NO CHOICE.

    Not because you liked him BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T AND SOME OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS NEVER DID are just like your hetero counterparts! simply arrogant like if this is lifted you’re going to enlist tomorrow GIRL PLEASE with your poo poo shee shee jobs and fab apts. For the military GTFOH!

    Remember he won’t suffer at all if it is only 1 term. And if you really think America is changing towards the gays just wait until the Neocons get control in Nov. LCR??? who the fuck will they be then NOTHING……..You bitches will be the laughing stock for the next 2 years!!!!

    Oh yeah but we will have Melhman on our side! BWA HA HA HA!

  21. Jerry says

    Thanks Michael- I had no idea of the duplicity of Obama and others around him, when it came to repealing DADT. He is acting cowardly and has completely given-in to the military hierarchy. The DOJ and Holder should be ashamed of themselves. Others have pointed out that Obama does not care if he is only a one-term president. He’s thrown the LGBT community under the bus. Regrettably, we have very few national leaders who will speak-up and do the right thing. And even congressional leadership seems to be no match for Obama’s disgraceful duplicitous behavior.

  22. Rich says

    If McCain/Palin were elected, would there have been any action on DADT, ENDA, hospital visitation, extending benefits to federal employees? I think not.

    Will electing Republicans to Congress do anything to move any of those issues farther along? I don’t think so. As someone suggested, they’d be far more likely to roll back and kill any of those baby steps that have been made.

    That said, it’s really unfortunate that Obama has failed to step up and actually lead.

  23. Esurb says

    The acidic responses displayed here are surprisingly strong. They don’t reflect the ass-kissing representatives of gay power who treat invites to the White House like the red carpet. Don’t those swollen heads there ever wonder how much their smug treatment of their gay base accounts for the lack of enthusiasm for Democrats this coming election?

  24. reality bites says

    the repubs have already said what they will do if they regain congress

    Put a complete halt to any and all repeal to dont ask dont tell. Do u gay repubs ever watch the news?

    Anyway; its not like they will gain control. They will gain seats for sure but control shall remain in dem hands of both houses.

    Oh, Bohener and Mcconell etc have also said besides putting a full stopo to DADT legislation if they win control as 1 of their top priorities they will also instigate a whole slew of investigations ala the clinton days on obama. Nothing will get done except idiotic investigations. That is what the modern repub party is. the reality of the modern repub party = stop/halt/destroy government especially new deal and great society stuff while hating on us gays. Every singles last repub actualy running for office at this moment in time has already used fear of the gayz to drum up their base to vote

    Eisenhower, hell nixon wouldnt make it in the modern repub party. U conservative queens need to wake up and realize that the repub party is not in ur or the country’s best interest. The dems might suck in a lot of ways but they r 1000 times better than the alternative

    Also for any dems out there, ignore the generic polls. Everyone hates incumbents and always have. Look at ur local polls. people hate all incumbents but generally end up liking and always voting for their specific incumbent rep


  25. wimsy says

    Obama is against my marriage and wants to raise my taxes. Why would I vote for such a person?

    The only reason was that the alternative — crazy old geezer and Palin a heartbeat from the presidency — was too horrible to contemplate.

  26. reality bites says


    do u make $250,000 or more a year?

    If not then ur taxes wont be raised

    If u do which is only 2% of america (basic math 98% of america will see no return of the clinton era tax rates)think more of a return of the clinton era tax rates. Everyone did very well under the clinton economy and tax system

  27. says

    Reality Bites wants to turn this into a Dem fundraiser even though Dems have done nothing but lied to our community and attempted to stymie any progress we have ever made. The truth is we never get anywhere with legislation. All of our victories have come from the courts.
    I expect Obama to appeal this decision not because there is any political price to pay if he doesn’t, but because he is a total homophobe. There isn’t any other explanation. Congress can say they have nothing to do with the judges decision, so it won’t further exacerbate the thumping they will take in November, and Obama doesn’t have to face election for two years. For the paid obamabots that bring up that the military may suddenly stage a coup over this issue, I’ll remind them that Truman de-segregated the military unilaterally, and we didn’t fall apart as a nation. The commander-in-chief issues the orders and the military is suppose to follow them. If they don’t, they’re out. But this argument is the last straw of a desperate Obat who knows Obama has actually hurt the gay community by co-opting our organizations like HRC, a completely counterproductive group that lobbies LGBT to support the White House not the other way around.

    No, any appeal of this decision should be regarded as an act of war on us. I will vote Republican not because I think they would be better for Gay rights, the LCR not withstanding, but because our community has been asleep at the wheel for the past two years worshipping at the false altar of Obama and Dems. When we are fully awake we get out and protest. What happened to the march last year? Liberal organizations convinced people not to show up, and it worked. The march was anemic. HRC went into overdrive trying to protect Obama, and the result was we lost all momentum. Isn’t it a shame that the two major victories we have had in the past two years have come from the LCRs with the DADT suit, and a partnership that includes a conservative republican, Ted Olson that struck down Prop 8 in CA.
    We need to show that we are willing to vote against Dems. If they believe we would never do it they will ALWAYS take us for granted. Why do you think independents get all the attention in an election? Each side has to fight to win their vote. If we always fall back to the fear based rational that, “Yes, Dems are horrible, but the alternative is worse” we will always be slaves on the Democrat plantation.

  28. reality bites says

    mawm u wake this into a log cabinite recruitment space

    any gay with 2 brain cells knows that nothing has ever been supported let alone passed by the repub party to our benefit

    the dems might be horrid little twit repub lite wannabes but they r miles above and beyond repubs as far as gay issues go

    the repub party had nothing what so ever to do with this case. A few log cabinites did but they r not the repub party and foolish to think enda etc would have happened via repub congress critters

    lets get real, dems suck and Obama is no FDR but they r miles above and beyond anything the repubs offer. Things can and will get worse if repubs r given power

  29. von lmo says

    A Progressive Democratic Party needs to form as the Blue Dog Democrat establishment will always play the progressive wing for fools.

    BTW why hasn’t Towleroad reported the Federal Govt closing down the one & only maker & distributer of “poppers”in the US?

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