This week I wrote about how it frustrates me how people talk about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell like it’s the biggest issue affecting the queer community when it’s really just a small piece of the bigger issue, employment nondiscrimination.
Well, be careful what you wish for. (Just kidding. The Monkey’s Paw is good reading, but wishes, luck, and karma aren’t real. I’m just being poetic here.) My reward? More inaction on the part of the Obama administration. This just in:
In a move consistent with other contradictory behavior on LGBT issues, the Obama administration has directed its Justice Department to file an extraordinary motion to get Log Cabin Republicans’ lawsuit against the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law thrown out of court, despite a federal judge’s ruling that it can proceed. The 11th-hour move for interlocutory appeal, which seeks to stay proceedings and block discovery, was surprisingly formulated at the same time that President Obama was reassuring LGBT activists that he still firmly opposes the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner earlier this month in Washington, DC.
“After President Obama clearly stated that his highest priority for the LGBT community was to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, it is quite troubling to see this ‘about face,'” said Terry W. Hamilton, national Chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans. “This aggressive move by President Obama’s Justice Department seriously undermines not only his commitment to our community and to the defense of our nation, but it also casts doubt on the motives of those at the highest levels of LGBT leadership in Washington who refuse to criticize the President over this double speak.”
Now, I have written before that I don’t have a lot of admiration for the Log Cabin Republicans, so I am always skeptical when they’re involved. I don’t know anything about this particular suit aside from what’s in this article; I openly admit that. It just strikes me as odd that Obama would blatantly oppose efforts to overturn the policy. It’s almost as if he’s saying I said I’ll do this, but we do it my way in my time. It’ll be interesting to see if the administration attempts to spin this or blame this on underlings like they did with the Department of Justice earlier this summer with DOMA.
In the mean time, all we have is all we have. This looks to me like Obama doing exactly the opposite of what he said he’d do. Until there’s a better explanation (assuming such an explanation exists), I say we just add this to the pile. If we’re looking to this President to be the leader he has pledged to be, we need to hold him accountable.