President Obama briefly visited a late Tuesday meeting at the White House that was focused on legislative repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during Congress' lame duck session, reports The Advocate. The meeting was held by House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and brought together representatives of the Center for American Progress, the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, Servicemembers United, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the University of California Santa Barbara's Palm Center.
As noted previously by R20, White House LGBT liaison Brian Bond warned participants via email that any discussion of pending DADT litigation was proibited, otherwise the meeting would end. White House officials later explained the precaution was due to the fact that White House counsel and LCR litigants would be in the same room.
"To my knowledge, it hasn’t taken place yet. But, look, the only way we’re going to get something through the Senate is to change the vote count and to move past—look, you got to get—you’re going to have to get past a promised filibuster and—in moving to the bill. And certainly the only way we can move to that bill is to change some of those votes.
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