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New LCR Ad in The Hill


Funny, I don’t hear the gay left demanding to know where Log Cabin got the money for this add in the The Hill newspaper. LCR_THE_HILL

LCR Issues Statement on House Republicans Defense of DOMA


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Log Cabin Republicans Issues Statement on House Republicans Defense of DOMA

(Washington, DC) – Today, Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) Interim Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo, released a statement criticizing House Republicans for their decision to incorporate ongoing counsel to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into the new Congressional Rules.

The following is a response from the LCR Interim Executive Director, Gregory T. Angelo:

At a time when sound fiscal policy should be front-and-center, diverting taxpayer funds to defend the Federal Defense of Marriage Act should not be a priority, period. But the beltway buzz about Congressional Rules ignores the big picture: this debate would be nonexistent if DOMA was repealed. Following a week in which Republican Congressmen Richard Hanna and Charlie Bass joined Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in support of the Respect for Marriage Act and DOMA repeal, we urge the Republican Congress to focus on our core tenets of small government and avoid engaging in distracting social issues that do nothing more than provide political fodder to the left.

Date: 1/3/2013
Copyright 2013 Log Cabin Republicans

Sen. Collins Signs on to Legislation Supporting Binational LGBT Families


Senator Susan Collins Becomes First Republican to Sign On to Legislation Supporting Binational LGBT Families

(Washington, DC) – Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is once again proving her mettle as a leader for LGBT families, today becoming the first Republican to co-sponsor the Uniting American Families Act, which will allow Americans the same ability to sponsor permanent same-sex partners for immigration purposes.

“This legislation would simply update our nation’s immigration laws to treat binational couples equally,” Senator Susan Collins said. “More than two dozen countries recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes. This important civil rights legislation would help prevent committed, loving families from being forced to choose between leaving their family or leaving their country.”

“Log Cabin Republicans are grateful to Senator Collins for continuing to be the tip of the spear as a Republican fighting for LGBT families. The Uniting American Families Act is a vital piece of legislation for many in our community who for too long have been forced to choose between their love of country, and the loves of their lives,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. “With no ability to sponsor their partners, Americans are being forced abroad, taking their tax base, their talent, and enterprise to the more than 25 countries that offer residency for lesbian and gay partners. The Uniting American Families Act would allow Americans to sponsor their permanent partners for residency, benefiting both these American citizens and the companies which employ them. Log Cabin is proud to support the Uniting American Families Act, and we are committed to continuing our partnership with our allies at Immigration Equality to send Senator Collins the reinforcements she needs to make this bill a reality.”

Former Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe added, “I’m very pleased that Senator Collins has agreed to co-sponsor the United American Families Act. As an individual whose own relationship would be personally affected by the adoption of this legislation, I am hopeful Senator Collin’s sponsorship will encourage other Republicans in the House and Senate to add their names as co-sponsors.”

Congressman Paul Ryan Strengthens the GOP Ticket


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Congressman Paul Ryan Strengthens the GOP Ticket

(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans statement in response to the announcement that Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will join Governor Mitt Romney as the presumptive vice presidential nominee for the Republican Party.

“Congressman Paul Ryan is a strong choice for vice president, and his addition to the GOP ticket will help Republican candidates up and down the ballot,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “As chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of the Republican “path to prosperity” that provided the blueprint for serious spending cuts in this Congress, nobody is more qualified to articulate a conservative economic vision to restore the American economy and stimulate job creation.

At the same time, Congressman Ryan’s 2007 vote in favor of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and his consistent willingness to engage with Log Cabin on a range of issues speaks to his record as a fair-minded policymaker. Overall, while Log Cabin Republicans have not completed the endorsement process for the 2012 presidential election, this is a choice that all Republicans can be excited about, and which sends a good message about the kind of campaign Governor Romney wants to run, and the kind of president Governor Romney wants to be.”

Date: 8/11/2012
Copyright 2012 Log Cabin Republicans

Log Cabin & Rep. Eric Cantor Agree: GOP Must Be “a Party of Inclusion”


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Log Cabin Republicans and Rep. Eric Cantor Agree: GOP Must Be “a Party of Inclusion”

(Washington, DC) – As the Republican National Convention approaches, Log Cabin Republicans agree strongly with Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) that the GOP “need[s] to be a party of inclusion, not exclusion.” In an interview with Buzzfeed, the congressman urged tolerance and acceptance of a diversity of opinion on issues including the freedom to marry.

“The Log Cabin Republicans motto is ‘inclusion wins,’ and it is encouraging to see conservative leaders like Majority Leader Cantor promoting that message as key to victory in 2012,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “From the Republican Party’s staunch support for candidates like Log Cabin member Richard Tisei to the leadership of conservative champions like Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), there is increasing support for LGBT equality within the GOP. The march to victory in 2012 and beyond will require a big tent, respecting diversity of opinion while uniting around the core issues that unite us as Republicans. We are grateful to Majority Leader Cantor for leading the way.”

Date: 7/20/2012

Copyright 2012 Log Cabin Republicans

Huffington Post Piece on Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry


Last night, at the Capitol Hill Club, an initiative for a new conservative group was launched – Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.  I can just hear the leftists cracking jokes about the event was probably held in a janitor’s closet.  But know this, last night’s event was held in one of the largest rooms of the Capitol Hill Club to a packed house!  For those of you who don’t know, the Capitol Hill Club is an annex of the Republican National Committee and is a mere half a block from the Cannon House Office Building.

This campaign will spotlight and increase awareness of conservatives around the country who are speaking out on why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families, and why conservatives should be supportive.

In a coalition with Log Cabin Republicans, Freedom to Marry recognizes the importance of forging a bipartisan partnership, instead of labeling all Republicans and conservatives as anti-gay bigots.  A message other large movement organizations would do well to heed.

In the coming days, you will likely see articles and blog posts from the Washington Blade, the Huffington Report among others.  Those are the ones I saw last night who came up and asked me for quotes.  But take a look at this piece by Julie Bolcer at The Advocate.

Freedom To Marry, the national advocacy group, launched the initiative, Young Conservatives for the Freedom To Marry, on Tuesday. The campaign intends to show the bipartisan nature of marriage equality by providing a platform for conservatives, Republicans and Libertarians under the age of 44 who believe the issue “fulfills basic conservative values of responsibility and community, as well as limited government and individual freedom,” according to a news release.

DC Becomes First GOP State Committee to Add Inclusion to Platform


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DC Becomes First GOP State Committee to Add Inclusion to Platform

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the DC Republican Committee (DCRC), the DC equivalent of a state party, became the first Republican state party to insert inclusive language into its party platform leading up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.Under the heading of ‘Family and Marriage,’ the DCRC added, “We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Robert Turner II, President of the DC chapter of Log Cabin Republicans and a newly elected member of the DCRC praised the work of the committee saying, “We are excited to be a part of a state party who understands that inclusion wins! Marriage equality is settled law here in the District. All citizens, including LGBT citizens should be treated equally.” Turner testified before the Platform Committee earlier this month and offered language that was similar to what was officially adopted. “We didn’t get the exact wording we had hoped for, but we are extremely happy with the outcome. We commend Chairman Bob Kabel on his efforts in putting this document together,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom. The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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Op-Ed: Should Log Cabin endorse Romney?


Washington BladeIn a front-page article for the Washington Blade, Chris Johnson asked whether Log Cabin Republicans would endorse Mitt Romney for president. As of this writing, Log Cabin hasn’t endorsed Romney. Representing more than one million gay and lesbian Republicans, Log Cabin will endorse (or not) after reaching a consensus of the national board of directors, the national staff and chapter leaders.

We local chapters endorse in local rather than national races. That said, as individual members of Log Cabin, we’ll discuss whether Log Cabin should endorse Romney. Johnson overlooked the calculus behind a presidential endorsement.

Log Cabin members differ with the Republican Party on some issues, particularly marriage equality. We also, however, strongly disagree with liberals, particularly on fiscal matters and foreign policy – thus we are Republicans, despite some LGBT censure. Gay rights are important to us, but the good of our nation requires individuals to consider many issues when voting. For Log Cabin, with its unique role in both the Republican Party and the LGBT community, other factors complicate an endorsement.

Think of endorsements as chess moves: should Log Cabin try the neutrality gambit or the endorsement strategy? As in chess, we need to anticipate the moves of other pieces on the board: the Romney campaign, LGBT Americans, the press corps, the Religious Right, etc. With that in mind, let’s examine the implications of two moves, neutrality or endorsement. (Despite the fevered dreams of some activists, Log Cabin won’t endorse the Democrat.)

Neutrality would send the message that Romney’s positions — the NOM pledge, primarily — are so far against Log Cabin’s mission that we believe it is in the best interest of both gays and Republicans not to offer our formal support. Log Cabin advocates for a stronger, more inclusive GOP based on the idea that anti-gay politics are destructive to our party and our country. Neutrality is a position not taken lightly, but is possible.

The gay case against Romney parallels the conservative case against him. Conservatives have long been leery of Romney’s ideological flexibility. In 1994, Romney claimed to be a better advocate for gay rights than Ted Kennedy; he was a socially moderate candidate for governor in 2002. When running for office in Massachusetts, pro-gay positions made sense. When they became problematic, Romney became a critic of gay rights. Log Cabin is well aware of his devolution.

Ironically, Romney’s journey partially tracks Barack Obama’s shifting stances on marriage. As a state senator in 1996, Barack Obama was on record in favor of marriage equality, but as president he first opposed it, and then he waited until after anti-marriage equality amendments passed before supporting it again. It might be that Republicans, let alone gay people, would be better served without Romney’s unpredictable principles in the White House — indeed, many Republicans voted for Santorum for that reason. Further, if Romney fails to earn the Log Cabin endorsement and loses, it will be a warning to future hard right conservatives: being anti-gay loses.

Johnson and others seemed to suggest that the LGBT community would see a rejection of Romney as an act that would earn Log Cabin respect. Given the disdain that continues to be heaped on gay conservatives after the withheld Bush endorsement in 2004, we question whether any respect would be forthcoming.

Neutrality’s danger, which liberal gays overlook, is that if Romney becomes president without any major gay organization’s backing, then Log Cabin and the gay community have checkmated themselves. After the group’s neutrality in 2004, Log Cabin’s reputation within the GOP suffered, and gay people had no official line of communication with the White House. We might have headed off some anti-gay policies if the Bush administration had been inclined to listen to gay voices. Maintaining those lines of communication is central to Log Cabin’s work for our community, and the endorsement decision is part of that process.

Should the election of 2012 be close, the Log Cabin endorsement will matter. Knowing that his presidency depended in part on gay voters and independents who could be swayed with a Log Cabin endorsement, Romney and his staff will be more likely to continue conversations with Log Cabin. But they will listen only if Log Cabin endorsed. Elephants will never forget which side Log Cabin chooses.

There’s precedent for endorsing a candidate whose record is mixed. The Human Rights Campaign endorsed Obama’s reelection long before he grudgingly endorsed gay marriage (safely after North Carolina’s ghastly Amendment One passed), despite his anemic effort on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, and notwithstanding a broken promise on employment nondiscrimination for federal contractors. Log Cabin isn’t going follow HRC’s lead and decide too soon; we prefer to see what Mitt Romney will offer. Log Cabin is trying to anticipate moves in a complicated game.

Ultimately, the organization will make the decision we feel best represents the interests of the LGBT Americans who often vote conservative. This includes people like Richard Grenell, who recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “Like many voters, I rarely agree with a candidate’s every position. I can support Mr. Romney for president but not agree with all of his stated policies. I can be proud of President Obama’s personal support for gay marriage and still take exception to his dismal national-security and economic records.” Grenell has made his decision, while other Log Cabin Republicans or the national organization may choose differently.

To endorse or stay neutral? Either could be a path to victory for gay conservatives and independents this November.

Republicans: Campaigning Against Marriage is a Losing Strategy


Republicans: Campaigning Against Marriage is a Losing Strategy

(Washington, DC) – In the wake of President Obama’s personal announcement in support of the freedom to marry, Republicans should recognize the changed political climate on the issue in favor of equality.

“Marriage equality has captured the nation’s attention, and the response to President Obama’s announcement is evidence of the tide turning in favor of equality for all. Log Cabin Republicans have long believed that supporting the freedom to marry is the right thing to do and the President’s joining this effort is in the nation’s best interest. That said, Americans can be certain that the President would not have made this decision at this time if it were not in his best political interests. In addition to energizing his base and distracting attention from a failed economic record, the trap is laid for any Republican who responds with intolerance,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Already some in the GOP are taking the bait with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie bringing up the twice-failed Federal Marriage Amendment and the unfortunate vote on Representative Heulskamp’s (R-KS) amendment re-affirming DOMA last night. Democrats are eager to fundraise off of this issue. It is in the best interests of Republican candidates to be measured and disciplined in response, recognizing that a generational shift has occurred.”

“Governor Mitt Romney’s statement in opposition to not just marriage but civil unions jeopardizes his ability to win moderates, women and younger voters, especially as a large majority of Americans favor some form of relationship recognition for their LGBT friends and neighbors. Ultimately, the response of the Republican candidates this election cycle will determine not just endorsements by Log Cabin Republicans, but the votes of millions of Americans who are simply tired of the culture wars.”

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