Obama, the Gay-Marriage Flip-Flopper

The President is proving not to be deft in handling the unhappiness of his once fervent gay constituency

John B. Vasko

Signs held aloft at a New York City rally last year protesting California's ban on gay marriage.

On a sunny Saturday last month, I crashed a fancy brunch on New York's Fire Island at the swank beachside home of Daniel Cochran and Greg Sutphin, a wealthy gay couple. They served lovely Bloody Marys and a giant spread of eggs and meats and assorted asparagus dishes prepared by a white-coated chef. The brunch was the 31st to be held in Fire Island's Pines community to raise money for Lambda Legal, the gay movement's litigation arm. At last year's brunch, cheers went up virtually every time Barack Obama's name was uttered. This time, when Lambda executive director Kevin Cathcart began...

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