Michelle Obama Greets Discharged ‘DADT’ Airman and Inauguration Citizen Co-Chair David Hall: PHOTO


In an official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson, First Lady Michelle Obama greets David Hall, one of eight Citizen Co-Chairs for the Inauguration, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Jan. 17, 2013.

More on Hall, a gay Airman discharged under DADT, HERE.


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    We greatly admire and respect former SSgt. Hall. But was this invitation more about honoring or exploiting him? Consider these facts:

    1. IF the lawsuit in which former SSgt. David Hall was one of the plaintiffs, “Cook v. Gates,” had not been abandoned by SLDN but rather appealed to the Supreme Court in 2009, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION would have fought to have him denied a hearing, just as they successfully fought in May 2009 to deny a hearing for his former co-plaintiff and Army Capt. James Pietrangelo by declaring that DADT was CONSTITUTIONAL, and, quote, “THE COURT OF APPEALS PROPERLY UPHELD [DADT],” and that the bar on gays serving openly was “RATIONALLY RELATED TO THE GOVERNMENT’S LEGITIMATE INTEREST IN MILITARY DISCIPLINE AND COHESION.”

    2. IF SSgt. Hall been outed while still serving in 2009 or 2010 rather than 2002, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION would have discharged him just as they needlessly did Dan Choi, Sandy Tsao, Jonathan Hopkins, and some 700 others.

    3. SIMULTANEOUSLY, had SSgt. Hall been eligible for special separation pay after six years of service, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, despite requests from the ACLU & SLDN, would have done nothing to prevent the Pentagon from, simply because he is gay, ARBITRARILY, without any mandate by DADT, withholding 50% of the amount he’d earned.

    4. IF, at the same time, SSgt. Hall had recently received, for instance, a reenlistment bonus, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION would have demanded he repay that bonus even though the only reason THEY had discharged him was because he is gay. Had he been unable to or refused, they would have reported him to credit bureaus destroying his rating, and denied him access to veterans medical benefits, etc., just as they have Dan Choi, et al.

    5. IF SSgt. Hall had not been discharged, and was serving today, he would be arbitrarily denied by the Pentagon the protections against harassment and discrimination of the Military Equal Opportunity Program automatically given nongay service members on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, and religious or political affiliation, AND, he and his partner would be arbitrarily denied a host of important benefits NOT banned by DOMA such as access to free military family housing because THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION continues to IGNORE the two-year old requests by HRC and the group he works for, OS-SLDN, to order them to stop; and the President/Commander-in-Chief, for whom SSgt. Hall is a “Citizen Co-Chair for the Inauguration,” REFUSES to keep his SIX-YEAR OLD promise to implement ‘ anti-harassment policies and protocols for dealing with abusive or discriminatory behavior as we transition our armed forces away from a policy of discrimination.”

    6. IF SSgt. Hall were still serving in 2017, NOTHING would prevent the new President or Congress from bringing back the ban in some form and kicking him out because THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION convinced a Circuit Court to overturn the ruling in the LCR case that such discrimination is unconstitutional.

    YES, salute SSgt. Hall as the “Our People, Our Future” float goes by for his service to his country and to his community. But don’t forget that context is everything, and the future for LGBT service members will never change if we ignore the past and present.

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