Obama attends LGBT fundraiser

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President Obama speaking at the DNC's LGBT Leadership Gala in New York on Thursday.
President Obama speaking at the DNC's LGBT Leadership Gala in New York on Thursday.
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Tonight, President Obama is attending his first-ever campaign LGBT fundraiser. Despite his “evolving” stance on marriage equality, donors forked over up $35,800 just to go to the sold-out event in Manhattan.

Gay activists, frustrated with the president’s lack of progress on issues important to the LGBT community, protested outside the gala.

The president has endorsed civil unions in the past, but White House spokesman Jay Carney reconfirmed Obama’s position on gay marriage still remains the same.

Upstate in Albany, lawmakers seem to be making greater headway toward a historic vote to make it legal. The state Senate seems to be one vote away from making New York the sixth (not to mention largest) state to legalize gay nuptials.

On June 29, Obama will host a Gay Pride reception at the White House.

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Obama attends LGBT fundraiser

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