Obama Campaign Launches LGBT Outreach
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its efforts to reach LGBT voters Wednesday, two weeks ahead of a major Los Angeles fundraiser targeted at gay donors that will kick off Pride Month.
Dubbed Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama, the committee is launching with trainings, phone banks, and house parties in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, and Michigan. It will also be holding voter registration drives at Pride events across the country.
"We will be making sure LGBT voices are heard at the ballot box in November," said Jamie Citron, the Obama for America LGBT national vote director. "We will run robust LGBT vote programming in order to turn out LGBT voters in November."
Obama is riding a wave of enthusiastic support among LGBT Americans following his endorsement of same-sex marriage in a television interview May 9. A June 6 fundraiser starring the singer Pink had to be relocated to a larger venue in L.A. in order to handle the demand for tickets.
Polls released this week have shown that the president’s backing marriage equality has not eroded his support. An Angus Reid Public Opinion survey found Obama’s approval rating at nearly 50 percent.
Of the 1,012 American adults who took part in the survey, 49 percent approved of how Obama is handling his duties. That was an increase of 1 percent since March.