ABC NEWS - Jake Tapper - June 18, 2009 2:30
More Gay Donors Drop Out of DNC Fundraiser, Protesting Justice Department Brief
“This is not appropriate time” for the Democratic party to be hitting up gays and lesbians for money, says Richard Socarides, a former Special Assistant to President Clinton, who’s not attending next week’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.
Socarides tells ABC News that many members of the LGBT community are troubled by a brief filed by President Obama’s Justice Department last week that argued – too vociferously, many believe – against same sex marriage.
“The brief was very troubling to a lot of people and rightfully so,” Socarides says. “Supporters of the Democratic party and others who feel that gay and lesbian equality is an important issue for this administration to address are rightly concerned about this brief. Serious issues still need clarification.”
Socarides says that even though President Obama yesterday signed a presidential memorandum extending some benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees, he was also aware of what the President did not do. “The president did not last night address what direction he would give the Justice Department when these issues come up in the future, he ...CONTINUES HERE...