There is an interesting development to the report of a White House meeting later this afternoon with advocacy groups today on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate has obtained a copy of an email sent from Brian Bond, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Administration's LGBT liaison.
The participants include:
"Allison Herwitt and Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign; Shane Larson of the Stonewall Democrats; Winnie Stachelberg of the Center for American Progress; Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network; R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans; Alex Nicholson and Jarrod Chlapowski of Servicemembers United; Nathaniel Frank, DADT expert formerly of the Palm Center; Jim Kessler of the Third Way."
Bond ended the email with this warning:
"'Obviously this meeting has gotten out. We are expecting the content of the conversation today to be off the record and to help us figure out how to move forward with the lame duck session. Also as previously mentioned, there can be no discussion of current court cases or legal strategy or Counsel’s Office will end the meeting. The focus is repeal and the lame duck session. This is also a non-partisan meeting where we want everyone’s help.'"
Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans and SU's Nicholson are parties to Log Cabin Republicans v the United States of America, the landmark federal challenge to DADT. To give the White House the benefit of the doubt: Legal ethics dictate that parties of a court case cannot discuss pending litigation without their attorneys present, so why not just say that? Or better yet, why invite LCR and Nicholson to a legislative meeting?