Let me explain this for straight Democrats, and straight media folks, out there. The Stonewall Democrats is THE gay Democratic organization. They are partisans to the core. They don’t go against the party. And no offense to our friends at SD, but they’re not exactly “gay activists” either. For this organization to announce that it is pulling out of the upcoming DNC gay fundraiser is not just a big deal for the fundraiser, it’s a very troubling message for the Democratic party leadership.
Let me put this another way. And again, no offense to Stonewall Dems. But these are folks that sometimes, some of us, think are more Dem than they are Gay. For them to stick it to the Democratic Party is rather huge. It’s should be a big red warning light to the leadership of our party that this rupture with the gay community is real, and getting worse by the day.
The members of the Board and our membership put our hopes, our dollars and our time into ensuring the election of Barack Obama because we believed that he supported us. To now have his Administration refer to our relationships in the same terms used by our long time enemies such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson hurts on so many levels. To have our committed and loving relationships referred to as the moral equivalent of incest and pedophilia is not something that any of us ever expected from this Administration considering how hard we worked to be seen and respected. For that reason alone, advocating for attendance at a fundraiser to support the Administration and the DNC, while they have not condemned this hurtful language, is not something our membership will receive positively.