A group of more
than 20 leaders of prominent gay rights groups met
with eight Democratic senators at a closed-door meeting in
Washington earlier this month. The Washington
Blade reported Wednesday that the
activists were critical of the Democrats'
position on same-sex marriage and other issues.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton organized the
Capitol Hill meeting as chair of the Senate
Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. The
discussion focused on what gay groups see as an inconsistent
message from Democrats regarding important issues for
gay people. In addition to marriage equality, other
topics discussed included hate crimes, "don't ask,
don't tell," and the Ryan White Act.
Human Rights Campaign president Joe
Solmonese told the Blade, "The conversation was more
about the message and how to talk about the issues. I
think that everyone in that room was committed to us
on the issues." The gay leaders reportedly urged
Democrats to speak out more forcefully against injustice
toward gays and lesbians.
In addition to Senator Clinton, the meeting
reportedly included minority leader Harry Reid of
Nevada, Barack Obama of Illinois, and five other
Democratic senators. (Sirius OutQ News)