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Michelle Obama To Support Openly Gay Menbers And Their Families In National Campaign

First Lady Michelle Obama will include openly gay service members in her national military families initiative “Joining Forces”. The campaign seeks to support the troops and their families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can.

The Advocate reports:

The campaign, Joining Forces, is a multi-prong national program launched in April by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden to support military families through public service outreach and partnerships with some of the nation?s largest corporations, among other efforts.

?The First Lady and Dr. Biden will continue to recognize and honor the families of all service members, as they have been doing since the beginning of Joining Forces,? Kristina Schake, Mrs. Obama’s communications director, said in a statement to The Advocate.

?After the repeal of Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell takes effect, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden look forward to including openly gay and lesbian service members in events to recognize their service to the nation, as well as the service of their families,? Schake said.

The statement is similar to one made just prior to the White House launch event for Joining Forces in April. At that time, the White House had cited that DADT remained in effect and precluded participation by gay service members or their representative
advocacy groups at the East Room unveiling of the initiative.

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Watch First Lady Michelle Obama announce the initiative