Another must-read column from Kerry Eleveld, providing some clarity to the events of this week:
Longtime LGBT activist David Mixner was one of about a dozen prominent equality advocates who attended the Mehlman-Singer fund-raiser, including lobbyist Steve Elmendorf, Winnie Stachelberg of the Center for American Progress, Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, and Richard Socarides, former LGBT adviser and special assistant to President Bill Clinton.
Mixner said of the evening, “I never thought I would see the day in my lifetime” when a group of conservatives and equality activists gathered in the same room to rally around the fight for same-sex marriage.
“I’m in awe of this night,” he beamed. “Ya know, I’ve worked at this for years and years and years, and the purpose of a movement is to change minds and not to punish those who come late. And we’ve changed minds.”
Meanwhile, back on the east side, President Obama was trying to reason with protesters who were loudly registering their discontent with his administration’s funding for AIDS and efforts to end “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
“We heard your point,” Obama said in response to two of the shouting protesters. “This young lady here, she wants increases in AIDS funding. That’s great. We increased AIDS funding. She’d like more. I’m sure we could do more — if we’re able to grow this economy again. That young man shouted, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ … As president, I said we would reverse it.”