Obama Steps Up Campaign for the LGBT Vote

December 28, 2007 at 6:38 am Leave a comment

In a clear sign of intensified efforts by the Obama campaign to reach LGBT voters, comes this from the Bay Area reporter:

In an interview with the Bay Area Reporter Monday, December 17, Tobias Wolff, a gay man who’s chair of the national LGBT policy committee for the Obama campaign, called the Illinois senator a “fighter” who will stand by his principles.

“People like Senator Obama and they like his record,” Wolff said in response to a question about Obama’s electability. Wolff pointed out that recent polls show Obama doing better than Clinton in hypothetical match-ups with Republican candidates. National polling, however, does not mean much at this stage of the race.

Wolff, 37, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, also noted that while he disagrees with Obama on the issue of same-sex marriage, he nonetheless believes that Obama is the better candidate. Obama, as well as the other leading Democratic candidates, support civil unions. Wolff supports marriage equality. But Wolff drew a distinction with Obama’s and Clinton’s position on the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Obama supports repeal of all DOMA, while Clinton is on record supporting repeal of only part of the legislation. President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law, as well as the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces.

Check out Barack Obama’s platform on LGBT civil rights.

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