Not a fundraiser, mind you — but a meet-and-greet for the vice president to reach out to LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry. The event was meant to be healing. As President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden sought re-election, Hollywood's queer community felt that the administration had not done enough. Sure, Obama had signed a bill in repealing the Clinton administration's disastrous military policy, "don't ask, don't tell;" and yes, the following year, Obama had instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
Split Image: The Life of Anthony Perkins
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Did he honestly think that marriage to Berry Berenson could make him a heterosexual? Maybe not. But ultimately that was not the point. According to Split Image: The Life of Anthony Perkins , it was more important that Hollywood believe Perkins, who married photographer Berenson at age 41 after years of gay affairs, was straight.
The mood among conservatives was bleak. A month later, the Supreme Court would decide the case of Obergefell v. Hodges , which would establish equal access to marriage as a constitutional right. It created a culture war.