HRC just put out a press release in response to Jason Bellini's Daily Beast report I wrote about earlier, that claimed HRC had made a deal with the Obama administration that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal would be put on hold in favor of hate crimes and employment discrimination legislation. Full release as follows:
Human Rights Campaign Statement on Reckless Report by The Daily Beast
WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to a report posted on The Daily Beast by Jason Bellini.
Statement from Human Rights Campaign:
“This story is not only an outright lie, it is recklessly irresponsible. HRC never made such a deal and continues to work with congress and the administration on a full range of equality issues including a swift end to the military's shameful ban on lesbian and gay servicemembers,” said Brad Luna, communications director for Human Rights Campaign.
Statement from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s Office:
“Senator Schumer has never said the White House didn't consider the repeal of 'Don't ask, Don't tell' a priority, and he never said the Human Rights Campaign struck some quote-unquote deal on this issue. Any rumors to the contrary are flat-out wrong,” said Brian Fallon, spokesperson for U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.