Gay groups will hold Obama to his one line on DADT
Washington Post: 1-28-10The president's statement was just one line in a 71-minute speech. It didn't set a timeline and Obama didn't commit to suspending the dismissal of gay men and lesbians. Last night's pledge echoes similar statements at least three times last year and during his presidential campaign.
See video clip of President Obama's line on DADT at the Federal Eye Blog, Washington Post
Today Gay advocacy groups intend to launch a nationwide campaign to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, holding President Obama to his one line in a 71 minute speech, which called for a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for homosexuals.
The line was delivered during Wednesday's State of the Union address.
"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," Obama said.
The Washington Post has pointed out that the line was similar to Obama's campaign pledges, and did not set any particular timeline nor did the president promise to use his executive powers in repealing the legislation.
The Human Rights Campaign will launch its “Voices of Honor” campaign with plans to mobilize veterans and build campaigns in states essential to input to the House and Senate for the repeal of the DADT legislation.
This is the organization's response to Obama's pledge within the SU address; There are many others:
Also energizing for action is Courage Campaign, a gay rights group which payed close attention to the President's words last night.
Read also the New York Times, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Keep
“The Commander in Chief sent a clear message tonight that in a time of war, what matters is that our men and women get the job done -- not whether they’re gay or straight,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said Wednesday night.
"Our country simply cannot afford this discriminatory law that hurts military readiness by denying patriotic men and women the opportunity to serve," Solmonese said.
A report released Tuesday estimated that 66,000 gay, lesbian and bisexual people are serving in the U.S. military, roughly 2 percent of all military personnel.