Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Michele Obama and Jill Biden launched their “Joining Forces” initiative to “support and honor America’s service members and their families” today. The two women, along with President Obama and Vice President Biden, will make remarks at the White House in conjunction with the kickoff of the event.
However, Ms. Obama’s and Ms. Biden’s “Joining Forces” bars gays and lesbians civilian representatives from today’s festivities.
Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United, who represents gay and lesbian troops and veterans said:
“It is rather unfortunate that both East Wing and West Wing staff have refused to allow a representative of gay military families to even be in the room at an event that is supposed to honor their commitment and sacrifice.”
Kristina Schake, Communications Director for the First Lady, sternly explained the discriminatory decision this way in a terse email to CBS News:
“The President has been crystal clear that the Administration is moving forward with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ quickly and efficiently. However, it still remains the law. The White House, including the First Lady and Dr. Biden, look forward to working with the families of gay and lesbian service members after certification occurs and repeal goes into effect.”
So much for President Obama’s claims that he’s our “fiercest advocate.” The funny thing is, Obama thinks the LGBT community will support him in 2012. Methinks he’s in for a big surprise.