May 2nd: GetEQUAL Again To Protest DADT At White House
Following up today's earlier press release from Lt. Dan Choi, the new activist group GetEQUAL has announced a May 2nd protest at the White House.
On May 2nd, at noon a crowd of impassioned protesters will gather outside The White House to let President Obama know that they demand immediate repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy that does not allow lesbians and gays to serve openly in the United States military.Three GetEQUAL activists, including Choi, were arrested at last month's protest.
Last October President Obama said at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, “It’s so important that you continue to speak out, that you continue to set an example, that you continue to pressure leaders — including me — and to make the case all across America.” In January of this year in the State of the Union Speech, President Obama said he would work with Congress to repeal DADT. Since January The White House has not mentioned DADT and when asked for a commitment for repeal this year has wavered.
The next 30 days are critical for the repeal of DADT this year and here is why: Right now the President has the ability to transmit to the Senate Armed Services Committee his recommendations (Transmittals) for repeal of DADT to be included in the Defense Authorization Bill. President Obama has the power to push for repeal – yet he is doing nothing. The President is not keeping his promise to the LGBTQ community.