President Obama raises $1.4 million at gay fundraiser

Says adminstration's LGBT accomplishments are 'rooted in concept of fairness'

President Obama raises $1.4 million at gay fundraiser
10 February 2012

President Barack Obama, who is still officially 'evolving' on the issue of gay marriage, managed to raise $1.4 million for his reelection effort at dinner Thursday (9 February) for high-paying LGBT donors.

The Washington D.C. event was held at a private home and during his opening remarks, Obama steered clear of the marriage equality issue during a week that the Washington state legislature passed a bill to allow same-sex marriage and an appeals court ruled that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Instead, Obama focused on his adminisitration's accomplishments so far such as the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and changing federal policy to require that same-sex couples have equal hospital visitation.

Said Obama at the $35,800-per-plate event: 'What's been striking over the course of these last three years is because we've rooted this work in this concept of fairness, and we haven't gone out of our way to grab credit for it, we haven't gone out of our way to call other folks names if they didn’t always agree with us on stuff, but we just kept plodding along — because of that, in some ways what's been remarkable is how readily the public recognizes this is the right thing to do.'

He acknowledged that there is still much more work ahead.

'There's still areas where fairness is not the rule,' Obama said. ' And we're going to have to keep on pushing in the same way — persistently, politely, listening to folks who don’t always agree with us, but sticking to our guns in terms of what our values are all about.  What American values are all about.'

It's not yet known if gay marriage was discussed during a Q&A session held after the opening remarks. A transcript of Obama's opening remarks was provided but not of the Q&A, according to Metro Weekly.

'We have the most terrific president, who's gotten more done for us in three years than all the other presidents combined in, you know, 220 years,' attendee Andrew Tobias told Metro Weekly. 'And if we re-elect him, we're gonna get a lot more progress to come.'

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Following the footsteps of Robert Burns

We introduce you to three of our favourite contemporary LGBT Scottish poets
No thumbnail available

Dustin Hoffman plants gay kiss on One Direction’s Niall

The 75-year-old American actor kissed British boyband heartthrob on the David Letterman couch
No thumbnail available

Judge in Florida rules state's ban on gay marriage is against US constitution

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year
No thumbnail available

Morocco frees UK man's partner

The British tourist was released earlier this week
No thumbnail available

West Australian lawmaker compares gay marriage to marriage between half-siblings

Western Australian Liberal lawmaker Nick Goiran has compared same-sex relationships to incestuous relationships in a bizarre attack on the idea of same-sex couples being able to marry
No thumbnail available

Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson got choked up over on-screen wedding

Stonestreet: 'This just feels really great to know that at the end of 5 years Mitch and Cam are having a little bit of completion of their relationship'
No thumbnail available

Sao Paulo gears up for gay pride

Millions to descend on Brazilian mega-city for LGBT carnival
No thumbnail available

Jim Davidson: 'I'm no gay hater, I had ladyboy sex'

British comedian and Celebrity Big Brother contestant says he is not homophobic because he had oral sex with a Thai ladyboy
No thumbnail available

Report finds young LGBTI Canadians at bigger risk for unplanned pregnancy

LGBTI respondents to the British Columbia 2013 Adolescent Survey were found to be more likely to have been responsible for an unplanned pregnancy than their heterosexual peers
No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert finally has another album on the way - calls it 'new era'

'It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter100 percent'