I just got the following from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the lead gay rights group in charge of taking on the military’s anti-gay ban:
Statement by SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis on DNC Event
SLDN will be outside boycotting the Democratic National Committee (DNC) LGBT event in Washington this Thursday. SLDN will be calling upon the President to end his silence on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We will be wearing and handing out buttons with the number 265, representing the number of service members who will have been discharged this week since President Obama was sworn in. We do not, nor would we want to, dictate how members of our board or our Military Advisory Council make their political views known. However, I understand that two board members are attending the DNC event. I also understand they will be making their own spirited and creative statements once inside the room
How’s that effort going to co-opt the mainstream groups? Not so well apparently.