Tag Archives: White House

Thirteen GetEQUAL Activists Arrested After Chaining Themselves To WH Fence

Thirteen GetEQUAL activists are being arrested (at this writing) after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence this afternoon in protest of inaction on the repeal of DADT. Among the arrestees are JMG commenters Justin Elzie and Michael Bedwell. Via press release: “On the White House fence today, and in a jail cell this evening, are thirteen American patriots,” said …

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Morning View – White House

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Obama Came To The DADT Meeting

The Advocate reports that President Obama stopped by today’s White House strategy meeting held with advocates for the repeal of DADT. “The President stopped by to directly convey to the participants his personal commitment on this issue,” said a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. The official declined to give any further details on the duration of …

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White House On DADT Meeting: Mention Court Cases And The Meeting Is Over

As I noted this morning, today the White House will meet with advocates for the repeal of DADT to strategize the coming lame duck session of Congress. Oh, but one little warning to the attendees: if you bring up any of the DADT court cases, this meeting is SO over. From an email from White House LGBT liaison Brian Bond: …

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TODAY: White House To Hold DADT Repeal Strategy Meeting For Lame Duck Session

The Advocate reports that a coalition of pro-repeal DADT groups will meet at the White House today to map out a strategy for the lame duck session of Congress. “The White House is meeting with several interested parties to discuss the legislative repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ The meeting will concern the work that remains to be done to …

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Dan Savage To White House: Fuck You

“Fuck you, you pack of co-opting cowards. Seriously. You can do a more than offer hope. You have the power to make it better. Right now. Suspend enforcement of DADT. Don’t appeal the decision by a federal judge that declared DADT unconstitutional. Stop defending DOMA in court. Keep your promises. Make it better. And if you’re not going to keep …

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Rahm Emanuel Says Good-Bye

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Obama Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel Quits White House To Run For Mayor Of Chicago

The rumors were true. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will resign tomorrow to run for mayor of Chicago. Earlier this month six-term Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced that he would not seek another term. The White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, at his daily briefing on Thursday afternoon said that the president will give two personnel announcements on Friday …

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White House Issues Statement In Support Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly that the White House has issued a statement supporting the National Defense Authorization Act to which the compromised repeal of DADT is attached. A portion of the statement mentions DADT specifically. Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces: The Administration supports section 591 as it would allow for completion of the Comprehensive Review, enable …

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White House Responds To DADT Ruling

Towleroad has received the below 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 …

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Obama’s Shifting View On Gay Marriage

Over at the New Republic, James Downie has posted an excellent timeline of President Obama’s evolving positions on same-sex marriage. I’m excerpting Downie’s piece below, but do go read the entire article. 1996: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” 1998: “Undecided.” (Candidate poll response.) 2004: “Strategically, I think we can get civil unions …

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Rep. Alan Grayson Calls On President Obama To Fire Robert Gibbs

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Here’s Why The Government Dropped The Charges Against Choi And Pietrangelo

Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner tells us why the government dropped the charges against Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo. According to a DC spokesman, it mostly had to do with the fact that they were standing on a ledge. ”While chained to the fence, the defendant was standing on a ledge – NOT – the sidewalk. As such, he …

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WASHINGTON: Charges Dropped Against Lt. Dan Choi And Capt. James Pietrangelo

Rather than face the public scrutiny of the so-called repeal of DADT, today the government abruptly dismissed the charges against Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo moments before the trial was to get underway. Both men were charged with “failure to obey a lawful order” after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence earlier this year. Reportedly the arresting …

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Lt. Dan Choi & Capt. James Pietrangelo Subpoena Obama Over White House Arrest

Ben Smith reports at Politico: The gay soldiers arrested outside the White House protesting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will announce today that they’re demanding that President Obama testify in their trial on minor civil disobedience charges. Their novel argument: Obama himself called on gay rights advocates to pressure him, so they were just following orders. “Don’t Ask” has energized gay …

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LIVE VIDEO: Activists Meet Obama At White House For LGBT Pride Reception

Things are scheduled to begin at 6pm DC time. UPDATE: The president spoke for about ten minutes, during which he renewed his pledges to overturn DADT and DOMA, and to work towards the passage of ENDA. I’ll post a clip of his speech here once it goes up on the White House’s YouTube channel. What did you think? UPDATE II: …

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HomoQuotable – Greg Quinlan

“Could it be that [Elana] Kagan is ex-gay? That would explain the White House insistence on Kagan’s heterosexuality and Kagan’s silence about her past sexual preference. As an ex-gay myself, I sympathize with Kagan and the Obama administration. I have had to face taunts, threats, and phone calls to my employer demanding that I be fired. There is no hate …

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Constance McMillen Invited To White House LGBT Pride Reception

Lesbian teen Constance McMillen has been invited to join a select group of activists at a White House reception tomorrow to celebrate LGBT Pride Month. The White House confirmed Friday that Obama will host the event and is expected to deliver brief remarks. After the prom controversy, McMillen said, she faced a hostile environment from her peers and transferred out …

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Helen Thomas Announces Retirement

You can’t fire her, she quits! Veteran reporter Helen Thomas has announced her retirement after enduring several days of blistering criticism for saying that Jews should leave Israel and return to their home countries. Thomas, 89, has been a member of the White House press corp for 50 years and has reported extensively on every president since John F. Kennedy. …

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White House To SCOTUS: The Vatican Should Be Immune To U.S. Lawsuits

The White House has issued a brief to the Supreme Court backing the Vatican’s claim that they should be immune from child molestation lawsuits brought in the United States. The Supreme Court is considering an appeal by the Vatican of an appellate court ruling that lifted its immunity in the case of an alleged pedophile priest from Oregon. In a …

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