It just goes from bad to worse inside the Beltway when it comes to drop-kicking the LGBT community by this Administration. It’s one thing for bloggers to call out the biased and homophobic defense of DADT in court by the DOJ, but when I read this piece by Chris Johnson at DC Agenda, “Gay advocates assail Obama’s Justice Department,” I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Pro-repeal advocates like Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center and Nathaniel Frank, a senior fellow at Palm, both respected voices on open service in the military (and friends of the Blend) are charging that the zeal by the DOJ to defend preventing gays and lesbians from serving in the mililtary has clearly, to put it charitably, “overcompensated” to the nth degree. The Justice Department named Belkin and Frank as because of their depositions in the case of Log Cabin v. United States. Frank:
“The way they portrayed me is preposterous and I’m not sure that any person in good faith hearing what I had to say could conclude what the [Department of Justice] concluded in their [request for] summary judgment,” he said. “I specifically said having a concern about privacy is not irrational, but using that privacy concern as an argument for the need to ban gays is irrational.”
“They completely misrepresented my statement in the deposition. They were not being truthful about my statement because they said that I claimed that there is a rational basis for the privacy arguments, and I claimed no such thing.”
Wow. Are we in Bizarroland where President Obama has a Justice Department led by Alberto Gonzales? And if you think that’s an overstatement, why is the Obama DOJ operating like an arm of Elaine Donnelly’s Center for Military Readiness?
Frank also took issue with the Justice Department’s repeated references to experts on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with the use of quotation marks.
For example, the brief says in a footnote that “LCR’s ‘experts’ ultimately seek to challenge the wisdom of the DADT policy, a challenge that is irrelevant under rational basis review.”
Frank said the repeated reference to experts in quotation marks is “highly unusual” for the Justice Department and “may have gone too far.”
“That’s a favorite tactic of the religious right to polish their anti-intellectual credentials, and make it seem like there’s no such things as a homosexual, so they’ll put homosexual in quotes,” he said.
It should surprise no one that they couldn’t find a live body at the DOJ to respond to Frank’s and Belkin’s charges that their remarks were out of context or misrepresented.
Surf over and read the rest. It will give you agita about this administration. Obama apologists on LGBT issues — there’s no excuse for this.
Joe Sudbay has more.