Politics

Obama Raises $1 Million Right After Gay Marriage Support

Thu., May. 10, 2012 3:45 PM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

Decision heard around the world. President Obama's announcement supporting gay marriages was watched by tens of millions

 

Time will tell if President Obama will have pay socially and politically for his endorsement of same-sex unions. But here’s what his endorsement of gay marriage bought him: $1 million in the first 90 minutes after he publicly proclaimed his support for homosexual getting married.

“This is beyond unifying — it’s electrifying,” said Eugene Sepulveda, a former fundraiser for Obama who withdrew to take a non-political job early this year. “This man stands for right, despite the political consequences.”

Jeff Soref, a longtime Democratic activist in the gay community, told BuzzFeed: “I think the people who were disappointed by the president’s failure to support marriage quality will now have that barrier removed for them.”

Deep-pocketed gay donors have been using their expensive access to bend Obama’s ear on the issue of gay marriage for years. Some now feel that their specific pleas have been answered.

What this does to his other key demographics who supported Obama in the past remains to be seen. Obama’s decision has created a rift in the black electorate that needs to be repaired prior to the November elections.

– terry shropshire

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