The Libertarian Party is reminding gay voters that Libertarians are sexual orientation-blind, and criticizing Democrats for pandering to gay voters.

The move comes after Senate Democrats failed on Tuesday to advance repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” 17-year-old law that prohibits gay troops from serving openly.

In a statement released Thursday at the group's website, Libertarian Party Chairman Mark Hinkle suggested that the gay community had squandered its influence by backing Democrats.

“Exit polls indicate that Democrats get over 70% of the LGBT votes in federal elections,” he said. “Those voters must really love the Democrats' rhetoric, because they certainly aren't seeing any action.”

Hinkle added that despite having complete control of the federal government, Democrats have not kept their promises to the gay community.

“They could have repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'” he said. “They could have gotten rid of the Defense of Marriage Act [the federal gay marriage ban, DOMA]. But they didn't do either of those things. That's a complete and total betrayal of all the promises they made to gay and lesbian voters for years.”

Hinkle went on to suggest that Democrats only want to appear supportive of gay rights.

“After a carefully orchestrated failure in the Senate, the Democrats are now blaming Republicans for blocking the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Of course, three Democrats just voted against it too, including Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid claims he voted for procedural reasons, but the whole situation seems calculated to look like they're trying to help, while making sure they don't actually help.”

Wes Benedict, executive director of the party, added that Libertarians are sexual orientation-blind.

“The Libertarian Party neither supports nor opposes gay relationships,” he said.

The White House has said it was “disappointed” with Tuesday's vote against repeal of “Don't Ask” and that President Obama would continue to work with Senate leaders to repeal the policy.