Gays Rankle at Obama's Unkept Promises

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2009 1:39 PM CDT
Gay rights protesters demonstrate outside the Beverly Hills hotel where President Barack Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser last week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gay-rights supporters in and outside of Washington are getting fed up with President Obama’s perceived inaction on their core issues, Politico reports. Obama has been unwilling to back gay marriage, and has yet to fulfill his campaign promise of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of the same. “Obama is out of step with his party,” one activist said. “He’s out of step with the next generation.”

“The president remains fully committed to advancing LGBT rights,” an Obama aide said, noting recent progress in hate crime legislation. “While we recognize that some in the community are anxious, the president’s commitment has not wavered.” DC's gay leaders have stayed relatively quiet, but it’s only because they cherish a White House relationship, Politico adds. In actuality, the “professional gay crowd feels a sense of impending betrayal,” says an insider.