The question stands: Will President Obama (the first openly Black man to become President of the United States) nominate the first openly gay man to the position and CHANGE the discourse in America? We shall find out if the rhetoric throughout the campaign was sincere.
Last December, The Washington Times
reported that some top retired military leaders and some Democrats in Congress backed William White
, COO of the Intrepid Museum Foundation located on the Hudson River pier in NYC, to be the next Secretary of the Navy -- a move that would put the first openly gay person at the top of one of the services. Since the secretary's job is a CIVILIAN position, the nomination would not run afoul of the ban on gays serving in the military, but it would renew focus on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
As expected, the consideration is sparking loud resentment from anti-gay conservatives such as Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, a nonprofit policy organization that opposes service by gays. Today, Newsday
reported that Ms. Donnelly’s rationale for opposing the nomination is because his appointment would complicate the debate in Congress over gay men and women serving in the military, and whether the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy should be repealed. Donnelly said having White named to the post "would make it more difficult for Congress to look at this issue rationally."