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Log Cabin Republicans' leader fights 'don't ask, don't tell'

By Ed O'Keefe

R. Clarke Cooper says that in his five months leading the Log Cabin Republicans, no congressional office has denied a meeting with him. (Melina Mara/Post)

R. Clarke Cooper is watching the clock on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The leader of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group of about 19,000 members, is pressing the three branches of government to end the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in uniform.

The Army reserves captain, who is suing the federal government, was at a recent meeting with President Obama and other activists to discuss strategy, and this week he is lobbying Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Days before the lame-duck session starts, Cooper is finding himself up against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the war hero and former presidential candidate who once supported repeal but is now trying to strip it from the massive defense authorization bill that sets Pentagon policy. McCain has said he wants it cut to ensure quick passage of the bill, according to his aides.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, From The Pages of The Post, Military  
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