Michael K. Lavers at Boy in Bushwick reports on this windfall for the President’s re-election:
President Barack Obama cited the repeal of the ban on openly gay and lesbian servicemembers his administration’s most important LGBT-specific accomplishments at a private fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night that raised $1.4 million for his re-election campaign.
“The perception was somehow that this would be this huge, ugly issue,” Obama told 40 people who gathered at Karen Dixon and Dr. Nan Schaffer’s home in Northwest. “But because we did it methodically, because we brought the Pentagon in, because we got some very heroic support from people like [former Defense Secretary] Bob Gates and [retired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. ] Mike Mullen, and they thought through institutionally how to do it effectively–since it happened, nothing’s happened.”
One other little detail — this fundraiser was held at the home of a married lesbian couple. Interestingly, over at ABCNews, reporters Devin Dwyer and Jake Tapper had this blunt takeaway from the event – “Obama, No Same-Sex Marriage Supporter, Solicits Cash at Home of Lesbian Couple.”
President Obama, who has opposed same-sex marriage but is said to be “evolving” on the issue, this evening is attending a fundraiser at the home of a lesbian couple whose 2008 Chicago nuptials were described in a local paper as the “wedding of the season.”
Dixon and Schaffer, transplants from Chicago, held a wedding ceremony in July 2008 with hundreds of guests attending from all across the country, according to an account in the Windy City Times. Photos of the ceremony are available HERE.
…Asked whether Obama supports marriages like that between Dixon and Schaffer and whether their marriage in Chicago should have been afforded the same rights and privileges as those given to heterosexual couples, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt offered the following comment:
“The President has long opposed a Federal Marriage Amendment, supported the repeal of DOMA, and been clear that this was a matter than states should decide.”
When it comes to the gAyTM, it’s always been open for the President and he doesn’t even have to punch the buttons to get the cash to pour out from the moneyed gays. However, it’s nice to know that it’s not just LGBT bloggers pointing out the President’s nonsensical need to “evolve” on marriage equality. This political fig leaf has blown away; Barack Obama’s current ”states rights” position on marriage is an embarrassment in the wake of 1967′s Loving v. Virginia and everyone knows it. Evolve already.