Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Obama Deferring Gay Agenda?

In the wake of the citizen revolt against Washington's radical liberalism, Democrats are running scared from several of their top objectives. Will homosexualists be "thrown under the bus?"

-- From "Sen. Levin asked to hold off on hearing to repeal ‘Don't ask, don't tell’ policy" by Roxana Tiron, The Hill 1/25/10

The White House has asked the top Senate Democrat on military affairs to postpone announcing a hearing that would explore repealing the controversial law that bans openly gay people from serving in the military.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was expected to have Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen testify before his committee on recent calls to end the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The hearing had been expected at the end of January. Now the target date is expected to be Feb. 11, a source said.

Levin was told to hold off on announcing the hearing until after the president’s address Wednesday, according to a Senate aide. Levin was also told that Obama will address the issue of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in his speech on Wednesday, but Levin does not know what’s in the speech, the aide added. Levin also mentioned this in a huddle with reporters on Monday.

Gay-rights advocates are eyeing the change in law for this year, but it is unclear how Obama will proceed.

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From "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' may not be in Obama Speech" posted by Brian Montopoli, CBS News 1/26/10

Gay rights groups were heartened by word yesterday from Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that President Obama would address the military's "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" in his State of the Union Address tomorrow.

. . . but gay rights advocates fear [Democrats] will retreat amid concerns about their midterm election prospects.

Now a senior administration official tells CBS News that while language has been drafted for Mr. Obama's State of the Union urging Congress to repeal the policy, it is not by any means certain that language will be included in the speech, which remains in a state of flux.

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