Stonewall Democrats Drop Support For DNC Fundraiser

Jim Burroway

June 18th, 2009

The National Stonewall Democrats are pulling their support for next week’s DNC fundraiser. In an email obtained by, the board of Stonewall Democrats cite the recent dust-up over the DOMA brief, as well as being cut off from a key customary party sponsorship:

[W]e are incredibly disappointed that the DNC has made a decision to withhold any financial support to National Stonewall Democrats this year but is in turn asking us to help raise money for the DNC in a difficult financial environment. The DNC has historically supported National Stonewall through sponsorship of the annual Capitol Champions event. This year, we did not receive any support. …

We’d be remiss to also not mention that the recent legal brief of the Obama Administration defending DOMA is incredibly hurtful. The members of the Board and our membership put our hopes, our dollars and our time into ensuring the election of Barack Obama because we believed that he supported us. To now have his Administration refer to our relationships in the same terms used by our long time enemies such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and James Dobson hurts on so many levels.

Stonewall Democrats says it’s not “boycotting” the fundraiser, but they won’t encourage members to attend. has the full email, along with a rather contrite response from the DNC.

Timothy Kincaid

June 18th, 2009

I commend the Stonewall Democrats. It is very difficult for a partisan organization to stand up to their party when it comes to a partisan LGBT event.

It shows that this is an organization of gay men and women who find similarities in policy with the Democratic Party rather than just a bunch of partisan Democrats who coincidentally happen to be gay.

Mike Airhart

June 18th, 2009

If the DNC really withheld support from the Stonewall Dems, then withdrawal from the fund-raiser seems to me like closing the barn door after the horses have fled and the fire has burned down the roof.

Stonewall and HRC supported Obama for too long without precondition; perhaps they are no longer needed now.

henri lemonnier

June 18th, 2009

I live near DC. When is the fundraiser and where do I sign up to protest?

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