Marriage vote possible in Albany as Obama raises LGBT money in Manhattan (Evolve Already, btw)

Lots of LGBT news today. We think there will be a vote on marriage in the New York Senate tonight. But, Albany being Albany, anything can happen. The GOP Senate conference is meeting to discuss whether to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The pressure for a vote is intense.

Greg Sargent thinks the anti-marriage side has run out of arguments. And, he’s right.

Also, the President is attending an LGBT fundraiser in New York City tonight. Amazing timing, huh? There will be a protest asking Obama to evolve already. That’s the new message to the President: Evolve Already.

We’re not the only ones asking the President to evolve. The Advocate’s Andrew Harmon spoke to several Democratic Senators who urged the President to finally support marriage (while Feinstein wants him to support her DOMA repeal bill.)

And, finally, I want to share something I wrote yesterday at AMERICAblog Gay. 2012 is not 2004. It’s good politics for Obama to evolve. He’s already behind public opinion:

Every time I see another article where [Campaign Manager Jim] Messina claims the campaign is going after the youth vote, I wonder how’ll they’ll do that if Obama is opposed to marriage. For example, in Virginia (one of the 2012 battleground states and not a liberal bastion in any way), 73% of 18-29 year old voters support marriage. Not saying all young voters make their choice for President on marriage equality, but it could influence whether some of them actually vote. The current position of the President is dated and looks way out-of-touch — and it doesn’t inspire the base.

When Kerry Eleveld and I hosted Mike Signorile’s show on May 3, 2011, one of our guests was Nate Silver who had just written a post titled, “Gay Marriage Opponents Now in Minority.” He told us that Obama was already behind the trend of public opinion, “It’s too late for [Obama] to get ahead of the trend.” But, it’s not too late for him to get on the right side of history.

Evolve already, Mr. President. It’s the right thing to do on so many levels, including politically.

Now, if only the donors attending the big LGBT fundraiser in NYC tomorrow would convey the same message…..

Really, it’s for his own good.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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