Petraeus Aide Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill: If You Can’t Serve With Gays, Get The Hell Out Of the U.S. Armed Forces

If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they're going to have to do what's best for their troops and best for the organization and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward — if that's the way that we have to go. … We know that if there is a change, that that change will have to be led, and it's going to have to be led by senior leaders such as myself and — and others across the battlefield. Senior leaders are the ones [that are] going to set the tone in the unit and enable the unit to move forward.

—Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, a senior aide to NATO's Afghanistan commander David Petraeus (pictured R-L), in an interview that airs tomorrow on Washington Watch. If Don't Ask Don't Tell was a way to rid the military of openly gay soldiers, its repeal is a way to rid the military of openly bigoted soldiers. [via]


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Gay Ex-Christine O’Donnell Aide Speaks

ChristineODonnellx180 (Screengrab) | Advocate.comTony Richards, a gay man who once worked for an antigay organization headed by Republican senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, said that her homophobia surprises him because her sister is a lesbian.
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Aide Linked to Foreign Sec. Hague Quits

WILLIAM HAGUE CHRIS MYERS X390 (TELEGRAPH/XPOSURE) | ADVOCATE.COMBritish foreign secretary William Hague denied blog-fueled rumors about his intimate involvement with a younger male aide.
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Anonymous White House aide: President Obama still doesn’t support marriage equality

For those of you who read the official WH response to Kerry Eleveld regarding the overturning of Prop 8:

“The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.”

Be sure to carefully parse that before believing he is celebrating with you – he has a different definition of “equality” that he is still preparing to defend. (The Politico):

Asked for White House reaction to Wednesday’s ruling, spokesman Ben Labolt pointed out that President Barack Obama has publicly opposed the same-sex marriage ban “because it is divisive and discriminatory.” However, he said the President “will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.”

Nevertheless, Obama has also publicly opposed same-sex marriage, and a White House aide said the president’s position has not changed.

He supports civil unions, doesn’t personally support gay marriage though he supports repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and has opposed divisive and discriminatory initiatives like Prop. 8 in other states,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

Yes, we have a biracial constitutional law scholar for a President who still believes that “god is in the mix” and that separate is equal when it comes to marriage. As we noted earlier, with DOMA cases knocking at the DOJ’s door, it’s going to be put up or shut up (and shut the wallet by a lot of LGBTs) very soon.

Should also make it interesting for the next White House briefing. Do you think that Robert Gibbs will call on The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld and get someone from the WH on the freaking record?

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If Obama wants to “promote equality for LGBT Americans,” he can support full equality, not “separate, but equal” civil unions. That’s so 2008. And, it has to change.

Please sign our open letter to President Obama asking him to come out in support of full marriage equality. It’s time for Obama to get on the right side of history. And, we have to let him know that’s where he needs to be.

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WH aide makes it clear: Obama does not support marriage equality

So, we’ve got the answer to the question of whether the President supports the Prop. 8 decision. Not really.

Earlier today, a White House spokesperson provided a tepid statement earlier today to Kerry Eleveld:

“The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.”

Clearly, we have different of what LGBT equality means. For LGBT Americans, it means full equality. For Obama, it means separate, but equal:

Nevertheless, Obama has also publicly opposed same-sex marriage, and a White House aide said the president’s position has not changed.

“He supports civil unions, doesn’t personally support gay marriage though he supports repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and has opposed divisive and discriminatory initiatives like Prop. 8 in other states,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

That might have worked in 2008. It won’t work in 2012.

And, this “White House aide” spoke anonymously. Can some reporter, maybe at the briefing, get this on-the-record?

If Obama wants to “promote equality for LGBT Americans,” he can support full equality, not “separate, but equal” civil unions. That’s so 2008. And, it has to change.

Please sign our open letter to President Obama asking him to come out in support of full marriage equality. It’s time for Obama to get on the right side of history. And, we have to let him know that’s where he needs to be.




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