Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on October 26, 2010
Washington DC – Yesterday, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to President Obama demanding further action on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Today, a meeting will take place between the White House and the HRC about the possibility of getting a repeal completed legislatively during the lame-duck session.
Cowards. So Congress Democrats may be convinced to finally pass this small measure of equality only once they’ve been booted out of office and it won’t hurt their reelection chances?
Attending this meeting will be 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.
The Obama Administration released a statement this morning saying that what happens at the meeting needs to be kept secret, and they will “end the meeting” the moment anyone mentions any of the court cases involving DADT.
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.”