Obama Campaign Surprised by LGBT Voter About Face

By: Michael Matson
5.9.2011

Though it’s too early to determine what the death of Osama bin Laden will mean in the big picture for Barack Obama’s reelection bid, the President’s campaign officials are pleasantly surprised by the LGBT community's about face and early support for an Obama second term.

Politico.com reports that many of the wealthy donors who supported then-Senator Obama’s 2008 campaign have been “alienated and disappointed by elements of the President’s first term.” But Obama’s repeal of DADT, signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, his mandate for hospitals to extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and his decision to not have the Justice Department defend DOMA in court have intensified support for the President in the LGBT community, despite previous and vocal criticism from activists just last year.

“It’s ironic—a year ago there was no constituency more unhappy,” veteran gay activist David Mixner said to Politico. “There was a sea change. You not only will see a united community that will contribute to Obama, but they will work their asses off.”

The 15 openly gay men on the President’s finance committee won't hurt either.

Obama Though it’s too early to determine what the death of Osama bin Laden will mean in the big picture for Barack Obama’s reelection bid, the President’s campaign officials are pleasantly surprised by the LGBT community's about face and early support for an Obama second term.

Politico.com reports that many of the wealthy donors who supported then-Senator Obama’s 2008 campaign have been “alienated and disappointed by elements of the President’s first term.” But Obama’s repeal of DADT, signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, his mandate for hospitals to extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and his decision to not have the Justice Department defend DOMA in court have intensified support for the President in the LGBT community, despite previous and vocal criticism from activists just last year.

“It’s ironic—a year ago there was no constituency more unhappy,” veteran gay activist David Mixner said to Politico. “There was a sea change. You not only will see a united community that will contribute to Obama, but they will work their asses off.”

The 15 openly gay men on the President’s finance committee won't hurt either.

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