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Obama was in Manhattan Tuesday raising money for Democrats with three different fund raisers. It comes amid difficult decisions for the White House on how, or whether, to attempt to end violence in he Middle East. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

President Barack Obama spoke before gay and lesbian activists Tuesday night.

He's barring sexual orientation discrimination among federal contractors.

"It's not just the laws that are changing. It's hearts and minds," Obama said.

What's changing in the Mid East is the level of violence in Iraq.

In Libya, a long promised arrest. Last weekend U.S. commandos captured an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks at the Benghazi consulate.

At his fundraiser, Obama didn't mention the raid, but he did earlier at a stop in Pittsburgh.

"Regardless how long it takes, we will find you and I want to make sure that everyone around the world hears that message very clearly," the president said.

Republicans have long criticized the Obama administration for the raid, and what was said after.

The head of the democratic national committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, predicts those will not end with the arrest.

"They want desperately to distract from the fact that they don't have the agenda that the American people care about," said Wasserman.

Back at the fundraiser, donors care about gay rights issues.

Obama only recently announced support for same sex marriage, but there's no resentment it didn't come earlier.

"Under this administration, we've seen more achieved for gay and lesbian equality than in any administration before it," said City Councilman Corey Johnson of Manhattan.

With same sex marriage increasingly legalized, it may not be seen as the lighting rod to draw people to polls.

Gay activist Mitchell gold says Democrats are still motivated to beat Republicans.

"We have to stop allowing them to think its a sin. It is not a sin to be gay," said Mitchell Gold of Faith in America.

The president also raised money for Democrats at the home of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.

Wednesday, it's back to foreign affairs—he'll meet with congressional leaders about the spiraling violence in Iraq.

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