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Eleveld On DOMA In NYT: "L.G.B.T. Issues Aren't As Toxic As A Lot Of People Have Been Painting Them For The Past 20 Years"

February 25, 2011 9:12 am ET by Equality Matters staff

From the February 25 edition of the New York Times:

President Obama's decision to abandon his legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act has generated only mild rebukes from the Republicans hoping to succeed him in 2012, evidence of a shifting political climate in which social issues are being crowded out by economic concerns.


Others, like Kerry Eleveld, editor of, a new Web site, say Mr. Obama appears to be evaluating the politics of gay rights issues differently since the positive response to the don't ask, don't tell repeal from people on the political left, many of whom have criticized him over issues like health care, climate change and immigration.

"He got this big bump from it in terms of the progressive base, and didn't get a whole lot of heat, and I think that has given him a little more heart in feeling like L.G.B.T. issues aren't as toxic as a lot of people have been painting them for the past 20 years," she said.

While Mr. Obama has changed his legal position on the Defense of Marriage Act, his personal views on same-sex marriage - he opposes it, but favors civil unions - have not changed, the White House says.


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