FIRST GAY PREZ

Obama Raises $3M At NYC Gay Fundraisers, States Commitment To Repealing DOMA

President Obama did a grand tour of New York City yesterday, having a gay ol’ time outlining his LGBT rights goals—and taking in an estimated $3 million-plus in donations, according to the New York Post.

First, he stopped by The View to state his opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“This is part of the reason why my justice department has said to the courts,” he said. “We don’t think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. This is something that historically had been determined at the state level. Part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient, and I had been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same-sex couples.”

When asked by Barbara Walters if he would fight to repeal DOMA (a batle Harry Reid has said is on the horizon), Obama said: “Congress is clearly on notice that I think it’s a bad idea.”

CNN reports that, later that evening at a $5,000-a-ticket fundraiser hosted by Ricky Martin, Obama mentioned definite plans to pursue the repeal of DOMA:

[Obama] also outlined goals he hopes to accomplish under a second term, including the repeal of the Defense Of Marriage Act, which the administration has already stopped defending…

“We admire his courage, like the courage he showed last week in affirming his belief in marriage equality,” [Ricky] Martin, who announced two years ago that he is gay, said on stage, prior to introducing Obama. “That is the kind of courage we expect from our president and that is why we support him.”

What’s next after the repeal of DOMA? A federal recognition of same-sex partnerships or legalization of gay marriage?

Guess we have to make sure Obama wins in November first, huh?