Clinton Asked About Executive Order Ending 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Exclusive Interview with Philadelphia Gay News during Pennsylvania

Primary







03 Apr, 2008, 01:00 ET from Philadelphia Gay News

    PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an exclusive
 and wide-ranging interview with the Philadelphia Gay News, Senator Hillary
 Clinton discusses the option of issuing an executive order or signing
 statement to end the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the ban on
 openly gay servicemembers.
 
 
 
     The interview touches on issues not yet raised in the presidential
 nomination process. She discusses IRS filings by LGBT couples, equality in
 immigration policy, services for LGBT youth and seniors, and whether the
 federal Department of Education should give local school districts and
 teachers direction on presenting positive LGBT lesson plans. She is also
 the first candidate to address the government-sponsored arrest, torture and
 murder of gay men in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and other countries in the Middle
 East, Africa and Asia.
 
 
 
     Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, said, "Senator
 Obama's lack of dialogue with the local gay press is disappointing. The
 local gay press often is to the LGBT community what churches are to the
 black community."
 
 
 
     Despite concerted efforts, Senator Barack Obama has not granted a
 formal interview to the Philadelphia Gay News. PGN, now in its 32nd year
 and the nation's most-honored LGBT newspaper, is taking the unusual step of
 displaying Obama's lack of communication to the local LGBT press, leaving
 blank space on the newspaper's front page where Obama's interview would
 have appeared, illustrating his lack of accessibility to the local gay
 press. Obama has not granted a formal interview to any local gay press in
 1,522 days, when he spoke to the Windy City Times during his Senate race in
 2004.
 
 
 
     PGN requested an equal chance to interview Senator Obama as with
 Senator Clinton, given same questions and time limits. PGN has learned that
 several of his advisors, including his strongest political supporter in
 Pennsylvania, Senator Bob Casey, two of his superdelegates and a major
 Pennsylvania financial backer supported the newspaper's invitation. Obama's
 scant respect for the local gay press was discussed at last week's National
 Gay Newspaper Guild meeting in Boston and at a recent LGBT Obama fundraiser
 in New York, where the candidate again was personally encouraged to speak
 to the LGBT press.
 
 
 
     PGN offered equal time to Republican candidate Senator John McCain.
 McCain's campaign declined the invitation respectfully. "It's a sad day
 when we are treated with more respect from the Republican candidate, John
 McCain, than a Democratic senator," said Segal. "With McCain, his top press
 representative called us back within three hours. It took seven weeks for
 Obama's representative to acknowledge."
 
 
 
     The question is now this: Is the Senator playing it safe, or just being
 managed? Space for his interview will remain available in PGN until the
 Pennsylvania primary on April 22. "We hope he takes us up on the offer,"
 said Segal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Philadelphia Gay News
    PHILADELPHIA, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an exclusive
 and wide-ranging interview with the Philadelphia Gay News, Senator Hillary
 Clinton discusses the option of issuing an executive order or signing
 statement to end the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the ban on
 openly gay servicemembers.
 
 
 
     The interview touches on issues not yet raised in the presidential
 nomination process. She discusses IRS filings by LGBT couples, equality in
 immigration policy, services for LGBT youth and seniors, and whether the
 federal Department of Education should give local school districts and
 teachers direction on presenting positive LGBT lesson plans. She is also
 the first candidate to address the government-sponsored arrest, torture and
 murder of gay men in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and other countries in the Middle
 East, Africa and Asia.
 
 
 
     Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, said, "Senator
 Obama's lack of dialogue with the local gay press is disappointing. The
 local gay press often is to the LGBT community what churches are to the
 black community."
 
 
 
     Despite concerted efforts, Senator Barack Obama has not granted a
 formal interview to the Philadelphia Gay News. PGN, now in its 32nd year
 and the nation's most-honored LGBT newspaper, is taking the unusual step of
 displaying Obama's lack of communication to the local LGBT press, leaving
 blank space on the newspaper's front page where Obama's interview would
 have appeared, illustrating his lack of accessibility to the local gay
 press. Obama has not granted a formal interview to any local gay press in
 1,522 days, when he spoke to the Windy City Times during his Senate race in
 2004.
 
 
 
     PGN requested an equal chance to interview Senator Obama as with
 Senator Clinton, given same questions and time limits. PGN has learned that
 several of his advisors, including his strongest political supporter in
 Pennsylvania, Senator Bob Casey, two of his superdelegates and a major
 Pennsylvania financial backer supported the newspaper's invitation. Obama's
 scant respect for the local gay press was discussed at last week's National
 Gay Newspaper Guild meeting in Boston and at a recent LGBT Obama fundraiser
 in New York, where the candidate again was personally encouraged to speak
 to the LGBT press.
 
 
 
     PGN offered equal time to Republican candidate Senator John McCain.
 McCain's campaign declined the invitation respectfully. "It's a sad day
 when we are treated with more respect from the Republican candidate, John
 McCain, than a Democratic senator," said Segal. "With McCain, his top press
 representative called us back within three hours. It took seven weeks for
 Obama's representative to acknowledge."
 
 
 
     The question is now this: Is the Senator playing it safe, or just being
 managed? Space for his interview will remain available in PGN until the
 Pennsylvania primary on April 22. "We hope he takes us up on the offer,"
 said Segal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE Philadelphia Gay News