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#DADT for this second: White House working to squash Levin-bred fears

DADT trial

Cross-posted at Good As You.

By Jeremy Hooper

In light of comments from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) suggesting that he’s open to dropping DADT repeal from the NDAA, the White House is working to ensure concerned eyes and ears that ridding the world of the un-American ban is still a pre-holiday priority:

[White House spokesman Shin Inouye] wrote, “Today, President Obama called Chairman Levin to reiterate his commitment on keeping the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the National Defense Authorization Act, and the need for the Senate to pass this legislation during the lame duck.”

He added, “The President’s call follows the outreach over the past week by the White House to dozens of Senators from both sides of the aisle on this issue.

White House: Obama Calls Levin With “Commitment” to Lame-Duck DADT Repeal [Metro Weekly]


  • 1. Michelle Evans  |  November 17, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Would be nice if Obama actually kept his promise this time around.

  • 2. Lesbians Love Boies  |  November 17, 2010 at 7:19 am

    It's not like he can claim amnesia…scribin

  • 3. StraightForEquality  |  November 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

  • 4. Ann S.  |  November 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

  • 5. Alan E.  |  November 17, 2010 at 8:18 am


  • 6. JonT  |  November 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

  • 7. Sagesse  |  November 17, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Subscribing from work.

  • 8. Ronnie  |  November 17, 2010 at 7:23 am



  • 9. Don in Texas  |  November 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

    If the Senate fails to pass DADT repeal, the President should instruct the DoJ to withdraw its appeal of Judge Phillips' ruling.

  • 10. Mouse  |  November 17, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I'd rather they kept the appeal but used the same crack legal team that argued so eloquently in favor of Prop 8.

    Why would gays and lesbians serving openly be harmful to our military?: "I don't know."

    What evidence do you have that changing policy today would impact our military readiness? "I don't need evidence for that!"

  • 11. Kathleen  |  November 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  • 12. Bob  |  November 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    just watched Maddow, and she had a guest on, a miltitary member who is speaking regarding DADT, and he's actually risking discharge to wade into the debate, is this finally the guy we've been waiting for, someone willing to risk discharge to speak out, and do the right thing, does anyone know about him???

  • 13. Richard A. Jernigan  |  November 20, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Let's just go ahead and end state-sanctioned discrimination once and for all!

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