Not a fundraiser, mind you — but a meet-and-greet for the vice president to reach out to LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry. The event was meant to be healing. As President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden sought re-election, Hollywood's queer community felt that the administration had not done enough. Sure, Obama had signed a bill in repealing the Clinton administration's disastrous military policy, "don't ask, don't tell;" and yes, the following year, Obama had instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act. But for monied LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry — who had supported Obama in , only to see California's discriminatory Proposition 8 pass during his election — they wanted more from the administration than just rescinding a few hateful policies of the past.
Many of the largest U. At the same time, in the past two decades, several other religious groups also have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions. Another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church U. Among the four largest mainline Protestant churches , the same-sex marriage debate has not been simple.
Obama himself was frustrated about it, if a description in a new book by his former top adviser, David Axelrod , is to be believed. Obama may have been selling himself short on that score, given the number of times he or his advisers publicly opposed same-sex marriage over the years. In the book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Axelrod blames himself, and his political calculations, for preventing Obama for standing up for what he believed in. On issues from immigration to racially charged police violence to the decriminalization of marijuana , activists have voiced frustration at a perceived double-dealing by the president on the issues they hold most dear, and fatigue with repeated White House requests for patience.
The Bermudian who launched the legal fight for marriage equality four years ago said he was optimistic about how it would end — and about the future for gay people on the island. You have just got to find it. Mr Godwin and then fiance Greg DeRoche, a Canadian, launched a civil lawsuit claiming discrimination by the Government in after the Registrar-General refused to post their marriage banns. They won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in May that year and paved the way for same-sex couples to marry. The Government did not appeal the ruling, but instead passed a law that introduced domestic partnerships for gay and straight couples, which included a clause designed to outlaw same-sex marriage.