Obama Relying on Gay Donors for 2012

Because some big money donors aren't showing up

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2011 7:50 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign is hoping gay donors can fill the holes left by the big-money interests that are deserting it. Gay donors have been showing their gratitude for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Obama's abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, and Obama has taken notice. Whereas his 2008 finance committee had just a single gay man on it, his 2012 one has 15, a source tells Politico.

“It’s ironic—a year ago, there was no constituency more unhappy,” says one long-time gay activist. “There was a sea change.” Other gay activists say that Republican 2012 hopefuls’ rhetoric has reminded them what’s at stake. In just the past week, Tim Pawlenty said he’d block DADT, Rick Santorum said gays and lesbians shouldn’t have the “privilege” of adopting children, and Donald Trump compared gay marriage to…unattractive golf clubs. “Our community has tasted change,” said another activist, “and it’s hard to conceive of going backward.”

Gay pride participants hold signs in support of Barack Obama at the 38th annual LA Pride Parade June 8, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.
Gay pride participants hold signs in support of Barack Obama at the 38th annual LA Pride Parade June 8, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.   (Getty Images)
Gay rights advocates march by the White House demanding President Obama keep his promise to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.
Gay rights advocates march by the White House demanding President Obama keep his promise to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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