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Jarrett Keynotes Pentagon’s Gay Pride Event, Touting Obama’s ‘Most Significant Civil-Rights Accomplishment’

Similar gay-pride events were being held at other U.S. installations including Kandahar and Bagram air bases in Afghanistan.

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June 25, 2013 - 1:43 pm
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“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was remembered as a “painful” era, in the words of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, at the Pentagon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month event today.

But Jarrett, keynote speaker for the event in the Pentagon auditorium, told the gathered service members and civilian employees that the congressional repeal of the Clinton-era policy “is one of the most significant civil-rights accomplishments of the president’s career.”

Similar gay-pride events were being held at other U.S. installations across the world this week, including at Kandahar and Bagram air bases in ultraconservative Islamist Afghanistan. It’s the second year the Defense Department has designated an LGBT Pride Month.

The Pentagon event opened with an invocation, where the prayer lauded “love refused to be constrained by culture, creed or fear.”

“Holy God, by the power of your love remind us that all people are created in thy image,” the chaplain leading the prayer said, adding that American armed forces help promote the “amazing ideal” that people “no matter who they love are created equal.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who received a long ovation from the audience, said the open service of gays and lesbians “makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger.”

“We’re very proud of everything the gay and lesbian community have contributed and continue to contribute. With their service, we are moving closer to fulfilling the country’s founding vision, that all of us are created equal,” Hagel continued. “It has never been easy to square the words of our forefathers with the stark realities of history. But what makes America unique, what gives us strength is our ability to correct our course.”

“Over more than two centuries, our democracy has shown that while it is imperfect, it can change, and it can change for the better,” he added.

Jarrett, wearing a pink suit, lauded Hagel as making “an incredible difference in the lives of our men and women in uniform” in his first few months on the job. She praised the DOD Pride group for coming “a long way” since quietly meeting for morning coffee during “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“Because of you, the United States has the strongest and the best military in the world, dontcha think?” she said.

“In late 2010, I hosted a meeting in the White House with a small, small group of active-duty gay and lesbian service members and a couple of gay veterans that had been discharged. As you’ll recall, Congress was in the midst of a debate over the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ And at that point, there was not a clear path to victory. Each person shared their story of what it was like to serve in the military and why trying to hide who they are was so hard,” Jarrett said. “…Seeing you all here today, proud and open and honest about who you are and who you love, brings the stories that I heard that day, those painful stories, full circle, because the president kept his promise.”

“As you know, change has been the defining theme of the Obama administration,” Obama’s close confidante added. “…Change that propels us to true equality for all, and closer to what the Constitution describes as a more perfect union.”

Jarrett added that she met with a gay Marine Corps captain who joined during “Don’t ask, don’t tell” but “believes that a true leader is honest and open, so his inability to share major parts of his life with his colleagues kept him from being the best leader that he could be.”

“Since the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ however, he can serve, in his words, fully, completely and with integrity. And when he deploys in August, he’ll be taking his husband with him,” she said.

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Let me get this straight. Obama's Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, cancels Don't ask, Don't tell policy 20 September 2011 followed by declaring June as LGBT Gay Pride Month celebrated in public on DoD bases world wide with parades and propaganda promoting unrestrained sexual perversions of all types with senior DoD officials in approval and leading the events. Then immediately with this public approval by our highest DoD civilian leaders and military officers we are surprised to find sexual assaults in the military have skyrocketed to epidemic proportions, men on men, women on women, women on men and men on women. And now over the past week, everybody, military and civilian, admirals, generals, down to recruits, in DoD, have had to attend mandatory sexual harassment training. How stupid can Hagel and his politically correct military leadership be? I am starting to have trouble distinguishing reality from farce here.
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Has Jarret ever served in the military? The US military is not a social experiment. It is to protect these United States.

The United States, with this above example of depravity, is headed down the road to hell. I am too, but at least I repent. New Age fools.
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Well, I guess the big question is will Obama come out now?
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why should anyone express pride in a man humping another man's butt? what makes this so special? it's really disgusting. why did obama proclaim an entire month to be homosexual pride month? probably because obama's a homosexual.
everything obama has done for the homosexuals is a clear indication obama's a homosexual himself. obama should just come out of the closet and admit it.
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Completely despicable! O's military policies glorifying homosexual perversion makes me ashamed to be an American.
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Hmmmm. Jarrett was 'missing' all through Benghazi.
That means she had nothing to do with it.
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Valerie Jarrett: "After we win this election, it's our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don't forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay."
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That's right, Valerie; sexual harassment and assault have no place in the military. And neither do "gay pride" events. Perhaps there would be fewer sexual offenses if instead of celebrating the sexual predilections of certain members, everyone remembered who they are and why they're there. You people are preposterous.
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Ahh...Jarrett...the Gay-in-Chief's "better" half...his alter ego.
Well, you just may want to dig a little deeper into this dastardly duo's underbelly, but do not eat before doing so. You will likely become nauseated - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/24/whatwho-was-occupying-obamas-missing-time-as-americans-died-in-benghazi-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

In any case, Benghazigate is tied into the above quarterbacking of her "pride" for her boss - and so much more! Via his "missing time" much of their skeletons will be found. Hopefully rattled too, if the media performs its due diligence. This is where the crux lies.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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The military is the only organ of the federal government that is not hostile to christian conservatives. They want to recreate culture of the IRS within the USMC.
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Let me get this straight. Obama's Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, cancels Don't ask, Don't tell policy 20 September 2011 followed by declaring June as LGBT Gay Pride Month celebrated in public on DoD bases world wide with parades and propaganda promoting unrestrained sexual perversions of all types with senior DoD officials in approval and leading the events. Then immediately with this public approval by our highest DoD civilian leaders and military officers we are surprised to find sexual assaults in the military have skyrocketed to epidemic proportions, men on men, women on women, women on men and men on women. And now over the past week, everybody, military and civilian, admirals, generals, down to recruits, in DoD, have had to attend mandatory sexual harassment training. How stupid can Hagel and his politically correct military leadership be? I am starting to have trouble distinguishing reality from farce here.
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Bend over, America.
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