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.