NY Times: Obama will speak at HRC dinner this weekend

The New York Times just broke this news:

President Obama will speak to a gathering of gay rights activists this weekend, a day before thousands of people are expected to march on Washington in a demonstration calling for greater legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgendered Americans.

Mr. Obama’s appearance on Saturday at the annual dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights advocacy group, represents a significant show of support for gay rights at a time when many prominent gay and lesbian activists have been questioning the president’s commitment to their issues.

Many gay rights activists have become increasingly vocal about their frustration over what they see as tepid support from Mr. Obama. While the president has professed support for overturning the ban on gays in the military and called the law that precludes federal recognition of same-sex marriages discriminatory, he has not engaged on gay rights issues as actively as some had hoped.

I’d include John and me in the list of those who have been vocal about our frustrations over the lack of support we’ve gotten from President Obama. He has not engaged at all, really. And, this weekend, his National Security Adviser took a step backwards on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

So, this is my favorite line in the NY Times article:

While it remains to be seen what Mr. Obama’s appearance at the dinner will do to his standing in the eyes of gay rights activists, his speech may mollify some of their concerns.

We’ve had speeches. We’re not mollified. We need actions, not words. The days when a speech from Obama making everyone think everything is hunky-dory are long past.


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