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White House Threatens To Cut Out LGBT Groups After Report

“Moving forward, we will no longer be able to brief any of you in advance of major decisions or developments,” White House staffer tells LGBT leaders.

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WASHINGTON — The White House is threatening to cut LGBT groups out of the conversation following a BuzzFeed report on the federal government’s treatment of married same-sex couples.

“Apparently one or more of you chose to ignore our request regarding the embargoed nature of this evening’s meeting,” Gautam Raghavan from the White House Office of Public Engagement wrote to an undisclosed group, referencing BuzzFeed’s Thursday night report, which followed a Thursday meeting the White House held with LGBT organization leaders.

“Moving forward, we will no longer be able to brief any of you in advance of major decisions or developments,” he wrote.

The White House released information about its year-long response to last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act late Thursday. Several departments and agencies — including the Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs departments and the Social Security Administration — released further information Friday morning.

The Obama administration has aggressively fought leaks.

Email obtained by BuzzFeed:

update

BuzzFeed was not in the meeting referenced and was not one of the recipients of Raghavan’s email.

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Geidner covers the Supreme Court and also reports extensively on LGBT legal issues around the country. Geidner won the 2014 National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact this reporter at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com
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