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October 3, 2011 Print

Obama Headlines HRC Awards Event

by Karla Dial

President Obama delivered the keynote speech at the Annual Dinner of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for gay-rights activists Saturday, extolling all the things he’s done to support their agenda.

Obama, who also gave the keynote speech at HRC’s star-studded, multimillion-dollar annual awards banquet in 2009, said he is “committed to equality,” but stopped short of saying he supports same-sex marriage — leading some activists to say afterward he needs to do more. However, he has extended benefits to federal employees’ same-sex partners, and supports civil unions and a bill currently pending in Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act — which the Justice Department refuses to defend.

CitizenLink Senior Director of Issue Analysis Carrie Gordon Earll says his actions speak loudly enough.

“The Obama Administration has a long record of promoting homosexuality at the expense of marriage,” she said. “From pushing same-sex adoption to authorizing Medicaid benefits for same-sex couples to pushing for a repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, the president is dismantling marriage at every turn. So to say that he doesn’t support same-sex marriage is only rhetoric. His actions speak louder than words.”

HRC honored New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with its National Ally for Equity Award at Saturday’s event for contributing money to key Republicans in the state legislature earlier this year as they were considering legalizing same-sex marriage.

Those actions are currently the subject of a lawsuit being waged by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, which says the backroom deals should be made public under open-records laws.

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