Obama starts campaign with DADT mention

President Obama officially opens his reelection bid

Obama starts campaign with DADT mention
05 May 2012

Today President Barack Obama officially started his reelection campaign. In his stump speech, given at Ohio State University, the incumbent made sure to point out that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed on his watch.

“We’re not returning to the days when you can be kicked out of the United States military just because of who you are or who you love. That would be wrong for our national security, and it would be a betrayal of our values,” the president said, as reported by the New Civil Rights Movement.

‘Don’t Ask’ was the military policy prohibiting troops from being out while they served. The 17 year old policy was instituted by President Bill Clinton in 1993. According to numbers provided by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network approximately 14,000 personnel were dismissed under DADT.

Ohio will be a battle state between the president and the presumptive nominee, Gov. Mitt Romney. As reported by a Quinnipiac University poll, Ohio is now virtually tied; the president at 44 percent and the challenger 42.

‘Gov. Mitt Romney has closed President Barack Obama’s leads in Ohio and Florida to the point that those two states are now essentially tied, a turnaround from the end of March when the president enjoyed leads in those key states,’  said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

In Florida, Romney leads 44 to 43.

‘Romney’s ability to cut into the president’s leads in Ohio and Florida reflects two changes in the political environment,’ Brown continued ‘First, since he is now the de facto nominee, Romney is no longer being attacked by his fellow Republicans, who are closing ranks behind him. Second, voter optimism about the economy has leveled off, reflecting economic statistics over the past month and the public reaction to them.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Chinese propaganda campaign accidentally hints at gay prison sex

Officials in the Chinese city of Manzhouli have had to withdraw a propaganda campaign aimed at encouraging people to obey the law after it appeared to suggest going to prison would result in gay sex
No thumbnail available

Antony Hegarty says gay marriage is ‘not the point of being queer’

Antony and the Johnson’s singer says in interview with The Observer ‘as if we just want to be included in these business-as-usual institutions’
No thumbnail available

US Senator Ted Cruz to announce run for the White House

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions
No thumbnail available

Plumber in Norway stabbed workmate ten times over gay jokes

A plumber in Norway has been sentenced to compulsory mental care after he stabbed a workmate that had made gay jokes about him ten times despite a psychologist finding he was not mentally ill at the time of the attack
No thumbnail available

Arkansas Senate passes 'religious freedom' bill permitting discrimination against gay customers

'This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it'
No thumbnail available

Is this man a danger to gay Londoners?

Police want to speak to a man in his early 20s in connection with a serious assault
No thumbnail available

Listen: Four Spice Girls songs have been leaked online

The songs didn't make it onto the girl groups' 2000 album Forever but the reason why will stay a mystery
No thumbnail available

Is the Catholic Church about to radically change its views on gay people?

A new document reveals that some bishops believe some gay Catholics have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes
No thumbnail available

Marcus Collins releases Mercy as next single

Gay UK X Factor finalist Marcus Collins wants to make the world smile with self-penned track from debut album
No thumbnail available

Californians, waiting for Supreme Court ruling, now support gay marriage by 58%

Polls shows change in attitudes - especially among seniors - since voters passed Proposition 8