This is major. Stampp Corbin, one of the leading gay supporters of President Barack Obama and the former Co-Chair of the Obama LGBT Leadership Council during the presidential campaign, announces he will not attend the Democratic Party's LGBT fundraiser scheduled next week. Corbin, who is a San Diego City Commissioner and one of the most prominent black gay elected officials in the country, is only the latest high-profile gay not to support the event due to the Justice Department's inflammatory motion to dismiss a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
Corbin explains his reasons in an eloquent op-ed entitled "The DOMA Brief Ruined Everything." It reads in part:
The president says he is a “fierce advocate” for LGBT rights. Really? I don’t think comparing a marriage to my partner, to marrying my niece or sister, is being my fierce advocate. I expect the president will try to distance himself from the brief and even the press statement, but it is too late. If how I feel, as one of the president’s most ardent supporters, is any indication, Obama is in for a world of trouble over the next year with the LGBT community.... Unfortunately, I will see everything that the Obama administration does for LGBT Americans through the lens of the DOMA brief. Meaning, I will be waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop, while praying President Obama delivers on his promises.
Next week, I am boycotting the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council Democratic National Committee event honoring Vice President Biden to drive home my discontent. Many other prominent LGBT donors have also joined in the boycott. Is the announcement of benefits for LGBT federal employees to squash the boycott and the general uproar? Hmm…In politics, money talks. It is unlikely that Obama just put together this announcement in the last week to throw a bone to my community; it has been in the works for many weeks. I would have celebrated loudly had this been announced before the DOMA debacle, but now I will only give polite, muted applause. That pesky DOMA brief has ruined everything.
Mr. President, your DOMA mistake awakened a sleeping giant. He is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore. You better get LGBT affirming legislation moving quickly or the coffers of the LGBT community will be slammed shut on the fingers of your administration and the DNC.
This will be a significant blow to the DNC and the White House. Corbin created the first-ever LGBT specific advertising for a presidential campaign, those full-page adverts that debuted in LGBT newspapers during the primaries. He has also been one the Administration's most reliable and fiercest gay defenders.
AFTER THE JUMP, watch Stampp Corbin on CNN last Friday. Corbin debated Dan Savage—who incited a race riot in the aftermath of Proposition 8—and defended the Obama Administration's inaction on LGBT rights and tried his best not to discuss the DOMA brief. "We were discussing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," Corbin tells Savage. "Not DOMA or that brief!" My, what a difference a week makes.