But Lisa Brown says it could’ve been worse! Barack Obama‘s staff secretary said the Department of Justice’s lawsuit response to DOMA was “an awful lot better that the brief that was written in the Bush administration,” adding, “There’s no question–personal statement–that there were some cites in there that should not—that should not have been in there…They were trying to…essentially eliminate arguments that the Bush Administration had made.”
Speaking at a panel discussion for the American Constitution Society, Brown’s words were joined by Vice President Joe Biden‘s chief of staff Ron Klain, who noted: “I understand why people are impatient with the pace of progress. We have only been here 125 days, and in those 125 days have many irons in the fire. … I hope that next year when we have this conference and that question gets asked it doesn’t elicit the same kind of applause that it elicited this time.”
Amusingly(?), notes Politico‘s Josh Gerstein: “However, when a former Bush appointee suggested that Obama could take unilateral action to reverse the don’t ask don’t tell policy, the Obama appointees on the panel stood mute.”
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is planning a closed door meeting with gay rights leaders. Invitees reportedly include GLAD and Lambda Legal. The DoJ only confirmed the meeting when asked by a reporter.