I am not at all surprised by this. I don’t think Congress ever had any intention of passing this. Now Obama and the Dems can blame a failure to pass on the Rethuglicans. They should have started working on this from the very beginning.
It was inevitable that this change would have to come through the courts. McCain and his other GOPers have their arguments lined up as to why they won’t support this. That 30% minority will suddenly become incredibly important (after all the rights of the minority must be protected – unless they happen to be gay of course) and they won’t get a vote on it.
And I truly believe that this is what Obama wanted. He didn’t want DADT lifted really but he wanted to blame congress for it. Now he can do that.
as marjangles said, Obama got what he wanted: the impression of fierce advocacy of LGBT rights without the substance.
In 2012, he hopes, and will say, that LGBT have nowhere else to go but the Dems. They could well stay home, as the Dems and he have done nothing of depth on our agenda
Let the courts end the ban then.
Obama has been such a horrendous disappointment as President.
He has not acted on ANY of the promises he made to the LGBT population prior to his election.
I guess he’s happy to be a 1 term president, as I cannot see the LGBT population supporting him, when he comes about whining and lying for re-election.