After initial outrage, DC-friendly LGBT operatives pivot back in support of Hillary Clinton


After Democratic Party presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton made controversial comments, which LGBT activists deemed to be false and revisionist, about her husband's LGBT civil rights record, many LGBT leaders in the media and politics expressed outrage.

Mrs. Clinton said that former President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, into law to prevent LGBT discrimination forces from enacting a more radical Constitutional amendment codifying de jure discrimination against same-sex couples.  Mrs. Clinton also sought to excuse former President Clinton's institution of the U.S. military's former discriminatory policy, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which prevented gays, lesbians, and bi-sexuals from serving openly in the military.

As reported by Progress Queens, LGBT leaders in politics, including Hilary Rosen and Elizabeth Birch, denounced the excuses.  Ms. Rosen issued her repudiation of Mrs. Clinton's comments two days after Mrs. Clinton made them, and Ms. Birch  has been denouncing the Clintons' tired line of excuses for over two years.

Ms. Rosen, a lobbyist at the political consulting firm known as SKDKnickerbocker, has been a long-time, close political ally of the Clintons.  After Mrs. Clinton made her remarks on Friday in defense of DOMA and DADT triggered a backlash from the LGBT community, Ms. Rosen communicated criticisms of Mrs. Clinton's remarks on Twitter, writing on Sunday that, "Pls stop saying DOMA was to prevent something worse.  It wasnt, I was there."

Ms. Rosen's comments were made after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had denounced Mrs. Clinton's remarks as false.

By Monday, however, Ms. Rosen had shifted her criticism of Mrs. Clinton's remarks to pointing out shortcomings in Sen. Sanders' own LGBT civil rights record.

Finally, by Tuesday, Ms. Rosen linked to an op-ed she authored, published by The Washington Post, ring-fencing her criticisms of the Clintons to only former President Clinton, since he was the one, who signed DOMA into law, seemingly completely ignoring Mrs. Clinton's revisionist remarks made on Friday.

The turn-about was matched by Ms. Birch, the former head of the Human Rights Campaign, a big money LGBT advocacy group that closely coördinates its work with Democratic Party leaders.  In 2013, Ms. Birch had denounced the often-repeated Constitutional amendment excuse in an editorial for The Huffington Post.  By Monday, Ms. Birch had published a new editorial in The Huffington Post, this time praising Mrs. Clinton's leadership and evolution on DOMA.

In an interview with Progress Queens, internationally-prominent transgender civil rights advocate Pauline Park predicted that Washington-friendly LGBT political operatives faced the possible loss of credibility with the wider LGBT community if the Washington political operatives did not criticise Mrs. Clinton's revisionist remarks.  

But few were expecting that the Washington-friendly LGBT political operatives would exhibit such a rapid and unprincipled retreat from their criticisms of the DOMA revisionism by pivoting in the direction of supporting Mrs. Clinton within days of Mrs. Clinton having made the revisionist comments.