Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese suggested Saturday that support for gay rights would likely soften after the November elections.

Solmonese made his remarks during an HRC fundraising dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina, the gay and lesbian rights blog Pam's House Blend first reported.

Referring to repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy that bans gay troops from serving openly, Solmonese promised the policy would be repealed this year, then added: “I also get that there is a drumbeat coming from our community to put more pressure on, to make more demands of the president and members of Congress to get it done this year because who knows what's going to happen at the mid-term elections and frankly they are right and our time is now.”

The admission from the helm of the nation's largest gay advocacy group left bloggers who've been pressuring the group to up the ante stunned.

“My jaw just about hit the floor,” Pam Spaulding said on her blog. “It shouldn't be hard to be on the same page, as this closing window of opportunity harms us all.”

Writing at, John Aravosis was far more critical, saying that HRC's effectiveness will be judged by whether the ban is lifted this year.

“If DADT is not repealed this year, that will mean that Solmonese either lied, or that HRC is no longer an effective force in Washington politics,” Aravosis said. “Either way, Solmonese just gave us all a clear benchmark for judging whether HRC is worthy of our continued donations.”

“By October, we'll have our answer,” he added.

Aravosis and Spaulding have led in criticizing the usefulness of gay rights groups and calling out Democratic lawmakers who stroke the gay community for financial backing but refuse to put up their political capital for gay rights.

Last month, New Jersey's largest gay rights group, Garden State Equality, took the criticism to heart, announcing it would donate to the campaigns of individual pro-gay rights candidates, and end its support of political parties.

“No political party has a record good enough on LGBT civil rights that it can rightfully claim to be entitled to our money on a party-wide basis,” Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality, said in a statement. “No longer will we let any political party take our money and volunteers with one hand, and slap us in the face with the other when we seek full equality.”

The move came after New Jersey senators rejected a gay marriage bill.

At Saturday's We Are All Made Of Stars fundraiser, Solmonese also said he believes Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin's bill that extends full benefits to the spouses of federal gay and lesbian employees would be approved.