HRC, others, pull out of Democratic LGBT fundraiser in PR disaster

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hrclogoAdd the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to the growing list of those refusing to attend a DNC $1000-a-plate LGBT fundraiser over the recent DOMA brief controversy. As reported by Americablog, HRC joins Andy Towle of TowleRoad, Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and Foundation, former top Clinton aide Richard Socarides  and David Mixner, long time friend of Bill Clinton.

Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking at the event, hosted by gay representatives Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and Jared Polis. Polis released a statement on the DOMA brief today.

“I was shocked and disappointed to learn that President Obama chose to defend DOMA in federal court, especially given his campaign promise to call for a full repeal of DOMA. My sadness turned to outrage when I read the Justice Department’s brief that not only defended this hurtful law but seemed to embrace it. Comparing my loving relationship with my partner, Marlon, to incest was unconscionable coming from a president who has called for change.”

Tammy Baldwin is also disappointed with the brief as reported at

“Last week the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DOMA.  I was profoundly disappointed by this action, particularly coming from this administration.”

Barney? Where are you?

It appears the fundraiser has all the makings of a PR disaster. Ben Smith at Politico writes: “Organizers, I’m told, are scrambling to get visible White House action on gay issues in advance of the June 25 dinner to prevent it from becoming a protest stage.”

Pam’s House Blend has published a list of those who were invited to the fundraiser, and the Washington Blade plans to cover the event to see who shows up.

Post by ILO on 06/16/09 at 4:18 pm