A group of prominent gay-rights bloggers, activists, and fundraisers, led by AMERICAblogGAY, is launching a boycott on contributions to the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s campaign apparatus:
We are asking voters to pledge to withhold contributions to the Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America, and the Obama campaign until the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is passed, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) is repealed, and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed -– all of which President Obama repeatedly promised to do if elected….
Democrats should not have promised to support gay civil rights rights in exchange for our votes if they never intended to keep the promise. If we’re not controversial during the campaign, when politicians are happy to accept our votes and our money, we cannot accept being labeled controversial after our candidates win. We kept our part of the bargain, we voted for Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress. It’s entirely reasonable for us to ask our elected officials to keep their part of the bargain too.
I doubt that this boycott will have any more success than the ill-advised boycott of Mormons by gay rights activists in response to the passage of California Prop. 8. But I understand their anger at the Obama administration.
It’s an anger so many people feel over broken promises, false promises, double-talk, sales puffery masquerading as deep concern, and smoke and mirrors packaged as hope and change. And I’m referring to Obama supporters, such as the women’s movement, who were part of Obama’s core constituency but have been thrown under the bus in order for Obama to make history.
Now I hope you all realize what those of us on the right have known all along: It’s all about him.