Obama hasn't won the gay community back yet

The president's move to placate people disappointed by his lack of action hasn't had much effect

By Alex Koppelman

Published June 18, 2009 6:45PM (EDT)

The White House had hoped that the president's signing on Wednesday of a memorandum extending some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees would placate LGBT activists disappointed over the administration's lack of action on its issues. So far, though, it doesn't appear to have worked.

ABC News' Jake Tapper reports that even more people have said publicly they will not attend or support a Democratic National Committee fundraiser specifically targeted to the LGBT community next week. Some activists had already organized a boycott, and now others, like a former special assistant to President Clinton, the president pro tem of the Vermont state senate, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human RIghts Campaign's national field director.

Obama still has time to win all of these people back, obviously. But they're concerned because they haven't heard any timeline for when the president intends to act on campaign promises like repealing the Defense of Marriage Act or overturning the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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