Democrats Use Gay Marriage Ruling to Push Fundraising

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 01:49 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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In 1992, Rahm Emanuel, while raising money for Bill Clinton's campaign, infamously proclaimed "gays are the next Jews of fundraising."

His prediction appears to be coming true, as Democratic political action committees Wednesday quickly began using the Supreme Court's ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act to start pressing supporters for funds for future campaign battles, reports The Washington Examiner.

The Democratic National Committee sent out a quick email on Wednesday afternoon, signed by committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who emphasized there "is no gay agenda or straight agenda," The Examiner reported.

"As Democrats, our only agenda is full equality under the law for every American," while encouraging supporters to "commit to standing with the Democrats who are fighting for equality today."

It was the second time this week the DNC sought funds following the Supreme Court action. On Tuesday, the letters went out after parts of the Voting Rights Act were shot down.

In addition, House Majority Communications Director Andy Stone, in an email to supporters, said the Supreme Court's ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional was "only one step towards equality — but our work goes on," reports The Hill.

Stone warned that "the Tea Party is going to go all in — not just on marriage equality but all of their extremist social agenda. All eyes will be on Democrats' fundraising totals after this ruling."

Political groups weren't the only ones seeking funding after the landmark ruling. The American Civil Liberties Union also asked donors to give money to "help spearhead challenges to state marriage bans that still prevent millions of loving same-sex couples from getting married."

Meanwhile, Republicans vowed to pick up the fight against same-sex marriage on the state level, reports The Hill. Maggie Gallagher, a fellow at the social conservative American Principles Project group, said various grassroots groups have action meetings planned for next week to discuss steps moving forward, reports The Hill.

"It’s going to put a new focus on who we elect president in 2016. Clearly a candidate's position on Supreme Court justices will matter even more following this decision," she said.

And Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said his group "will continue to work to restore and promote a healthy marriage culture, which will maximize the chances of a child being raised by a married mother and father."

On Wednesday, Perkins said the court's decision "did not impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage."

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