President Obama's decision to support gay marriage this week is paying off in a big way with the LGBT community in Hollywood.
Like the fundraising dinner hosted by actor George Clooney on Thursday night in Los Angeles, which raked in $15 million, the dinner is expected to bring in millions of dollars for Obama's reelection campaign. Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage on Wednesday has prompted a slew of big-dollar donations from the gay community.
“Obviously yesterday we made some news," Obama told attendees at Clooney's home on Thursday night. “It was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be. It grew directly out of this difference in visions: Are we a country that includes everybody and gives everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly, and is that going to make us stronger? Are we welcoming to immigrants? Are we welcoming to people who aren’t like us? Does that make us stronger? I believe it does.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the LGBT gala is now seeking a larger venue to meet skyrocketing demand for the event, which could include a performance from singer Pink and reel in a haul of up to $10 million.
The Clooney fundraiser on Thursday night also had big star presence, including Tobey Maguire, Stacy Keibler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Billy Crystal.
Some on the right have knocked Obama as a “celebrity president,” and one ad from the American Crossroads super-PAC called “Cool” wove together clips of the president with various entertainers before asking if voters were better off than they were four years ago.