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President Barack Obama To Hold Fundraiser Gala For Gay Supporters

President Barack Obama is set to speak at fundraiser gala tonight in New York City for gay supporters. Several LGBT groups are planning a protest.

The Associated Press reports:

Talk about timing. President Barack Obama is about to hold a gala fundraiser in New York City on Thursday for gay supporters ? his first as president ? just as the New York state Legislature stands on the brink of legalizing gay marriage.

The coincidence of timing and place will inevitably spotlight the piece of Obama?s record that causes greatest consternation for the gay community: his failure to endorse gay marriage.

After getting off to what gay activists viewed as a slow start on their issues, Obama won over many by repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military and by instructing the Justice Department to stop defending in court a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

On gay marriage, though, the president has disappointed gay supporters. He endorses civil unions but not marriages for gay and lesbian couples, although he?s also said his views on the issue are evolving ? as are the country?s as a whole.


Several LGBT organizations have announced a demonstration during Obama?s manhattan visit.

Get EqualPress Release:

Today, GetEQUAL ? a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization ? and Queer Rising ? a New York based grassroots queer equality organization ? and Join the Impact ? a national LGBT civil rights organization ? announced plans to demonstrate for full LGBT equality, scheduled to take place at 5:30 pm (ET) tomorrow, Thursday, June 23rd, 2011.? The event,??A Demonstration for Full LGBT Equality?,was called by the organizations in order to give the LGBT community and their allies an opportunity to gather together in unity as they raise the urgency for full LGBT equality now.? As we?ve seen from one of the hardest fought legislative sessions for LGBT equality in New York history, freedom isn?t free and the work for full LGBT equality will continue.

?A Demonstration for Full LGBT Equality? will take place just outside of the perimeter of the largest LGBT fundraising event this election season with proceeds going to assist the re-election campaign of the ?still-evolving on marriage equality candidate,? President Barack Obama.

For more information on the demonstration, visit?A Demonstration for Full LGBT Equalityon Facebook.