Obama protest

Protesters dog Obama event

By Kara Rowland-The Washington Times

CORAL GABLES, Fla. | A smattering of gay rights protesters dogged President Obama as he raised money in South Florida on Monday – the latest in a series of protests from advocates who say he hasn’t done enough to reverse the military’s ban on openly gay troops.

That policy stands as one of Mr. Obama‘s as-yet unfulfilled promises, and has turned into a simmering political issue heading into November’s elections. Some gay rights activists say the president hasn’t done enough, either on his own or in pushing Congress to act, but the administration is taking a deliberate approach.

Monday’s protest, in which activists from GetEQUAL used air horns to try to draw attention away from a fundraiser at former basketball star Alonzo Mourning‘s mansion, is not the first time gay rights protesters have tried to publicly embarrass the president over “don’t ask, don’t tell,” (DADT) the military policy that has governed gay troops’ service since the Clinton administration.

After promising during the campaign to end the policy, Mr. Obama initiated a Pentagon review of it soon after taking office, initially arguing that the military should have a chance to examine possible effects before the policy is reversed. He later tweaked that position to support a congressional proposal that would automatically eliminate the ban if the Defense Department concluded it would have no detrimental impact.

That effort failed last month as Senate Republicans filibustered a defense policy bill that would have overturned “don’t ask, don’t tell,” contingent on the Pentagon‘s review concluding it was feasible to do so.

This weekend Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, told the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner they’ll continue trying to force lawmakers to act.

“We’ve got to keep pushing the Senate to do the right thing and get this done,” she said, a year after Mr. Obama addressed the same gathering and repeated his pledge to end the policy.

To read more, visit: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/oct/11/protesters-disrupt-obama-rally/

No comments yet - you can be the first!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.