Some gay activists impatient with the President
I personally never believed Obama would be a super 'pro-gay President' and he himself never gave strong indications of being so within his campaign.
These are not the Clinton years nor is Obama of that ilk. I believe the pressing matters which exist under current conditions take precedent and he is doing for gays no less than he actually verified he would.
Many of the gay rights activists who will hear President Obama speak at the Human Rights Campaign banquet in Washington, D.C., Saturday worked to get him elected.
They had realistic expectations of what he could do for them if he won, but they have grown impatient with a president who has said nice things but done little more than extend limited rights to federal employees' same sex partners.
Obama determined that granting health benefits to same-sex partners was beyond his authority.
"I don't care what he says Saturday night -- I want to see what he does," Illinois Equality Now founder Rick Garcia said.
This is the second major olive branch Obama has extended to the gay community. He had a White House reception in June at which he tried to reassure his skeptical gay supporters to give him time.
Will Obama have some gay rights legislation or an administrative order in hand when he appears at the gala Saturday night on the eve of the activists' march on Washington?
Attendees are hoping he has more than just a good speech for the more than 3,000 expected to attend.
"I've heard good words coming out of his mouth on things he wants to do, but I'd like a timeline," said John K. Barry, who sits on the board of the Human Rights Campaign. "Him coming to speak is alleviating the impatience a bit, but I'd like to have a understanding of what's going to happen when."
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