NY Times: Obama’s Non-Health “Benefits” Timed To Stave Off Fundraising Disaster

Jim Burroway

June 17th, 2009

Late yesterday, we learned that President Barack Obama was going to sign a presidential memorandum (rather than a more permanent presidential order) granting partner benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees. Then we learned that because of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” — which the Obama administration chose to defend in court with an insulting DOJ brief — bars the extension of health and retirement benefits to same-sex partners. Which means that the presidential memorandum will only address things like relocation expenses.

New York Times is reporting that the only reason the Obama administration is doing this is to help salvage next week’s fundraiser:

But administration officials said the timing of the announcement was intended to help contain the growing furor among gay rights groups. Several gay donors withdrew their sponsorship of a Democratic National Committee fund-raising event next week, where Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is scheduled to speak.

This does not appear to be mollifying anyone as far as I have been able to learn. The rebellion continues, with at least five prominent LGBT advocates saying that they are pulling out of the fundraiser.

Johnson

June 17th, 2009

I’m hoping everyone, gay and gay-friendly alike stay away from these Fund Raisers and DO NOT GIVE THEM A CENT–we have been taken for granted and lied to. It’s that simple, folks!

Bruno

June 17th, 2009

It’s mollified Barney Frank evidently. But that’s no shock.

Matt

June 17th, 2009

I stopped giving to HRC long ago. The Obama admin is next on the cutting block.

Bad economy and all, you know.

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