Welp, Gay Activists Can Stop Their DADT Protesting Now

“Gay activists tell The Mouth that they plan to step up protests until they get a straight answer from the Obama administration on whether the President will reverse the DADT policy before the fall elections,” reports Kenneth R. Bazinet in the Daily News. Well, looks like the protests can stop, because the Obama administration gave its answer.

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  • Jon

    Keep protesting till you get a REAL STRAIGHT answer. Not something that is unable to tell what it really says.

  • AndrewW

    On Monday GetEqual slaps the President during a speech.

    In Kip’s William’s words:

    “They interrupted his speech, demanding the immediate repeal of DADT and full equality for the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. They were escorted out of the event without incident.”

    On Wednesday the White House announces (for the first time) they will wait for the Pentagon Study to be completed before taking any action on DADT Repeal. DADT Repeal will wait until after the Mid-terms.

    Congratulations to Kip, Robin and the GetEqual bunch.

  • Miguel

    Let me break it down for you, Jon. When the WH says no action until the study is complete, that means no action before the November elections. Straight enough for you?

  • AndrewW

    “What a stupid thing to do .. immature and tacky.”

    – Barney Frank (Regarding GetEqual’s stunts)

  • Joe

    I have been saying that there wouldn’t be a repeal until after the study for how long now? It just doesnt make since for them to repeal it if they dont know the effects of a repeal. Of course we all know that there wont be any major problems with it, but the politicos in Washington cant blow their own noses without a year long study prior to doing it. Its the way our beaurocracy works. Get used to it. I dont see a repeal until 2011 or 2012, if we get one under Obama.

  • JamieMcG

    It’s very ikely that if it doesn’t happen this year, that it won’t happen for many years to come. We can be certain that we are going to lose many seats in both the house and senate come November. You think Obama is going to get ANY of his LGBT promises passed with a Republican house and senate? THAT is why GetEQUAL is pushing for this now.

  • AndrewW

    @JamieMcG: GetEqual is “Pushing?” try “pissing off.” The White House responded: WAIT.

  • JamieMcG

    Well clearly, asking nicely for our rights hasn’t worked for the past several generations. Should we continue to put our faith in Gay, Inc.? Which has been knowingly lying to us about where the legislation stands? Or do we go straight to the top and put direct pressure instead of going through a middle man who is so intent on being polite, that they’ve forfeited the game?

  • AndrewW

    @JamieMcG: No, we go to the PEOPLE. Until we get enough fellow Americans to stand for our equality, we will not succeed. We are NOT doing that now.

    The truth is two-thirds of Americans WILL support our full equality, but we’re too busy playing activist or playing politics. Neither will succeed.

    It is ours for the asking. No yelling required.

  • JamieMcG


    So it was the PEOPLE who signed the Civil Rights Act? I was unaware.

    Yes, the people are part of it, and believe me, I’ve been fighting and asking for people to come out and talk about equality with their friends and neighbors and co-workers for a while now. It’s my primary focus. But with 77% of the PEOPLE publicly saying they want a repeal of DADT, and with the PEOPLE’s elected leaders not actually working to make that happen, the PEOPLE need to speak to those elected leaders, and yes, even YELL.

  • Cam

    @ No. 2 · AndrewW

    Your premise is not true. The White House said previously that they wouldn’t move on any DADT repeal until after the Pentagon had studied the issue. Get Equal was protesting to get them to change that stance. I get that you don’t like their tactics, but come on, if you have to lie about something to back up your opinion, you really need to rethink whether or not your reasoning is valid.


    @AndrewW: Answers like this make me sick. You dominate or domesticate animals by making them “WAIT,” to show them who is in charge, who calls the shots- I thought we were all equal? You want to tell the unemployed to wait, too? why didn’t the big banks have to wait? I’d imagine a $2 million+ bonus would keep me happy. You wait on the sidelines of history and I hope you don’t get trampled.

  • AndrewW

    @Cam: Provide a citation. This was the first formal statement about DADT repeal and “waiting” until AFTER the study was completed.

  • Steve

    It seems the Democrats don’t want any money from gay people until after the next election. Except, they just called me on the phone last evening to ask for money.

    Before the last election, there were specific promises about what would happen after that election. None of those promises have been kept. If they want my support, they first have to explain: Why should I believe the new promises? There can be no satisfactory answer to that question.

    The Democrats seem to be running hard to the right, trying to take the middle away from the Republicans. It seems to be working. The R’s are continuing to move toward the right, further away from the center, as the blindly oppose the D’s. And, the R’s who don’t want to do that are being ejected from their party. This seems to be creating a split in the R party, which could work to the D’s advantage in the next election. There could be a lot of cross-over, if the D’s just don’t do anything too “liberal”. That’s probably why the D’s don’t want to do anything for gays now.

    The thing to do is to keep up the noise and protests. Noise and protests, and PR, and talking to our neighbors, is what moves opinions. The American people are moving toward supporting equal rights for gay people. Eventually, the political “leaders” will follow. A fellow named Robespierre, who was involved in the French Revolution, is reputed to have said, “I must see which way the crowd is headed, for I am their leader.”

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