The Advocate is reporting that Illinois
Senator Barack Obama held a private, no media fund-raiser at the home
of GLSEN founder and executive director Kevin Jennings and his
partner, Jeff Davis.
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight
Education Network) is a group that promotes a healthy and safe
climate for GLBT students in the classroom.
According to the report, Obama said he
did not think that same-sex marriage was “politically feasible”
at this moment. He acknowledged that the community wanted full
marriage rights but said that he favored civil unions. He also said
his position was “open” and might evolve in the future.
The event drew 125 people to the
Jennings-Davis apartment and raised $170,000.
It was not the first time Obama has
spoken on the issue of marriage equality. It was, however, rare to
see him speak in NY where gay Democrats favored Senator Hillary
Clinton in the primary.