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House Speaker John Boehner Agrees to Meet with Lesbian Over Request to Stop Defending DOMA

John Boehner's office today said that the House Speaker would be willing to meet with a lesbian Army National Guard member facing Stage IV breast cancer who wants to ask the Speaker to end the House's defense of DOMA over fears she will die and her wife will be denied benefits, the Huffington Post reports:

John_boehnerChief Warrant Officer 2 Charlie Morgan, a 17-year full-time member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, has tried for weeks to get a meeting with Boehner or his staff only to be rebuffed. In a letter and a series of emails shared with The Huffington Post, Morgan, 47, stressed that "time is of the essence," given her medical prognosis.

Morgan"I want to be able to tell my personal story, to tell him we have similar values when it comes to family and the military," Morgan told HuffPost in a phone interview. "I want him to really look me in the eye and [know] he's hurting my family and so many other families" by defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

Morgan's requests had been stonewalled by Boehner's office until HuffPost reached out to his office for a comment.

“The Speaker’s staff would certainly be willing to meet with Ms. Morgan,” Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman, emailed HuffPost today.

Morgan's letter to the speaker, AFTER THE JUMP...

Boenher Morgan Letter - Dec 2011

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  1. Boehner is more concerned about the headline "Speaker Refuses to Meet with Dying Vet" than anything else.

    Posted by: searunner | Feb 2, 2012 11:43:51 AM

  2. Is she going to meet with Boehner or his staff? The headline contradicts the article.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 2, 2012 11:44:51 AM

  3. Your headline and your lead-in suggest that Boehner himself will be meeting with Officer Morgan yet, unless I missed something, neither the article you link to nor the excerpt you include in your post state any such thing. Both seem pretty clear that only "[t]he Speaker's staff" will be meeting with Officer Morgan. Officer Morgan is to be applauded for her persistance in pressing our cause but let's not give Boehner more credit than he deserves. This is all show for him.

    Posted by: Patric | Feb 2, 2012 11:45:32 AM

  4. Searunner is exactly right. This is to avoid negative press and will have no bearing on his decision.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 2, 2012 11:51:43 AM

  5. I wish her well, of course, but I hate to see her wasting what may be her precious last days speaking to a man who sees great political profit in denying her any equality.

    Posted by: K in VA | Feb 2, 2012 12:07:02 PM

  6. Lets wait and see what comes of the meeting. Don't prejudge. Surely we of all people know that prejudging is wrong.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 2, 2012 12:09:11 PM

  7. Mitt and Newt met with gay vets and smiled in their faces and said sorry i believe in 1 man 1 woman than walked away like we are nothing. Thats what John will do, meet with them and smile in their faces and tell them sorry it's 1 man 1 woman than send them on their way, we already know how this will end guys, we've seen this movie way to many times.

    Posted by: Larry | Feb 2, 2012 12:11:19 PM

  8. @Jack, I'm sure Boehner will cry (and I don't think they will be crocodile tears either) just as I'm equally sure he is meeting with her to avoid nasty headlines on the Huffington Post, which would undoubtedly be picked up by other media outlets. There is no other explanation for his office's sudden decision to meet with Morgan.

    I do hope that Boehner is moved by Morgan's story and finally realizes the unnecessary damage DOMA does to families. However, given the state of GOP and its base such a public transformation from the Speaker is not going to happen.

    Posted by: searunner | Feb 2, 2012 12:21:31 PM

  9. As others have said, someone needs to clear up if she will be meeting with Boehner or his staff -- and if it's with him, whether he will come into the meeting for 2 minutes, or he will stay throughout the meeting. Anyone who knows how things work on Capitol Hill can agree that telling her story to a staff member, with Boehner absent or there for only a couple of minutes, is completely, totally different from meeting with Boehner himself.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 2, 2012 12:22:15 PM

  10. The outcome will be similar to one in MN when students and parents fron the Anoka-Hennepin delivered a large petition to Michelle Bachmann's office. They met with one of her staff, who made a concerned face at them and thanked them for their efforts. Then, nothing. I feel for Charlie Morgan and its saddens me that her cancer has progressed to stage IV. I hope Boehner's office has the decency to actaully listen to her and not just give her the usual political BS.

    Posted by: KP | Feb 2, 2012 12:25:43 PM

  11. Prejudging is right.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 2, 2012 12:57:45 PM

  12. Response to post by David. Even when you are the one being prejudged?

    Posted by: jack | Feb 2, 2012 1:22:59 PM

  13. The World's Saddest Tangerine will blubber tears of commiseration, perhaps offer an embrace, promise further consideration, wipe his orange cheeks and go back to the business of denying equality to gay Americans.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Feb 2, 2012 2:03:29 PM

  14. I read she is going to meet with Katherine Haley, who is one of Boehner's staff. No surprise that he wouldn't see fit to meet with her himself. It will be the usual old crap. The staff member will nod her head sympathetically (pretending), and nothing will be noted.
    Good luck to Charlie in her efforts though.

    Posted by: Janice | Feb 3, 2012 11:36:26 AM

  15. I would like to congratulate all of the beautiful women who would like to meet and Marry a beautiful women

    Posted by: Lea Lee | Feb 28, 2012 12:19:52 AM

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