July 28, 2009

New Report On Gay Efforts To Block Executive Order

Gay Community Has Relinquished Momentum on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Report Says

SANTA BARBARA, CA, – Politico.com has announced the publication of a new Palm Center report on efforts by gay and gay-friendly activists, journalists and others to block consideration of an executive order suspending “don’t ask, don’t tell.”  The new report, “A Self-Inflicted Wound: How and Why Gays Give the White House a Free Pass on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was written by Palm Center director Aaron Belkin.

“Some members of our community have been circulating misleading arguments which ended up as talking points for the President of the United States,” Belkin said.  “It is not our job to provide Washington with reasons to continue to discriminate.”

Yesterday, a working group including former Congressman Marty Meehan and two retired Generals released a statement correcting misleading and inaccurate claims about “don’t ask, don’t tell” that are addressed in today’s report.