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White House Tells 'DADT' Meeting Participants: No Discussion of Court Cases or the Meeting is Over

The Advocate's Kerry Eleveld follows up on her report about today's White House meeting on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. I posted a quick update to my earlier post, but there's more.

WhitehouseParticipants of the meeting include:

"Allison Herwitt and Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign; Shane Larson of the Stonewall Democrats; Winnie Stachelberg of the Center for American Progress; Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network; R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans; Alex Nicholson and Jarrod Chlapowski of Servicemembers United; Nathaniel Frank, DADT expert formerly of the Palm Center; Jim Kessler of the Third Way."

Also, there have been strict instructions issued, according to the text of an email obtained by Eleveld, in which Bond writes:

"Obviously this meeting has gotten out. We are expecting the content of the conversation today to be off the record and to help us figure out how to move forward with the lame duck session. Also as previously mentioned, there can be no discussion of current court cases or legal strategy or Counsel’s Office will end the meeting. The focus is repeal and the lame duck session. This is also a non-partisan meeting where we want everyone’s help."

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  1. I'm voting Green.

    Voting Democrat is utterly pointless. They lack the will and the way to advance LGBT rights.

    Voting seems so pointless. The current 2-party system is beyond pathetic.

    Posted by: SteveC | Oct 26, 2010 2:16:48 PM

  2. Stay home on election day. That and withholding contributions are the only two things this administration really cares about.

    Posted by: chasmader | Oct 26, 2010 2:27:26 PM

  3. To be fair, there are specific legal rules why they can't discuss the litigation. The head of Log Cabin Republicans will be there, as will Alex Nicholson, who is the only named plaintiff of the LCR case. Lawyers from one side (the White House) can't talk to plaintiffs on the other without their lawyers present. (And they wouldn't want to make lawyers attend an entire meeting that's supposed to be about policy.)

    The language could have sounded less like an ultimatum, but there's a legitimate reason that they can't discuss the litigation.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 26, 2010 3:06:17 PM

  4. Brian - I suspect that the ONLY reason to invite the LCR to this meeting was to give the White House an excuse not to discuss the judicial repeal of DADT.

    Obama has no intention of repealing DADT.

    And his PR stunts to pretend otherwise are backfiring on him.

    Time to send Obama a message - he will be punished at the polls for the lies he keeps telling to the LGBT community.

    Posted by: SteveC | Oct 26, 2010 5:16:24 PM

  5. Brian in Texas is right; after losing their majority in the house, they can go on to claim over the next two years leading up to the presidential election that the Republicans are to blame for blocking legislation. The Republicans can likewise blame the president for blocking legislation. It's a win-win for both parties, because neither want to make tough choices.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 26, 2010 9:03:11 PM

  6. Can we all stop being cry-babies or naysayers or victims for a change? Can we all stop purporting to be psychic and thinking one's opinions or feelings are factual? Brian is correct about limiting discussions on current court cases. Someone here thinks inviting the LCRs was a political ploy. I can just imagine what others would say if they weren't invited. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

    This President has appointed more LGBT senior officials than any other President. His Administration has changed and reinterpreted existing laws to include members of our community. He has done more for our community than any other President.

    Obama hasn't let us down. Until Congress gets legislation on his desk to repeal DADT, he hasn't let us down. So far, Congress has let us down.

    Posted by: Frank | Oct 27, 2010 5:05:05 PM

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