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Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney After He Says He Will Deny Gay Couples Hospital Visitation

by David Badash on October 23, 2012

in News,Politics

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The Log Cabin Republicans today endorsed Mitt Romney for President, stating “We Are Americans First.” The Log Cabin Republicans are the oldest gay Republicans organization. The endorsement comes immediately after Barack Obama won his third debate in a landslide, and just days after a top Romney advisor stated Governor Romney supports allowing hospitals to deny same-sex couples hospital visitation rights.

READ: Romney: Hospital Visitation For Gay Couples Are ‘Benefits’ Not Rights

“After careful consideration and consultation with our members and chapters, as well as communication with Mitt Romney and his campaign team, the National Board of Directors of the Log Cabin Republicans has elected to endorse Governor Romney for president,” the LCR said via an email statement, which indicates less than enthusiastic support:

“The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper. “Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity. On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents. No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney.”

If the Log Cab Republicans think they “will be that voice to President Mitt Romney,” they are even more sadly mistaken than they were when they thought they had a voice in the drafting of the Republican National Committee platform, which, as many believe, was moved farther right on social issues, thanks to their mere presence.

Claiming that on “issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents,” the Log Cabin Republicans, and their president, R. Clarke Cooper, are deluding themselves. Mitt Romney signed the National Organization For Marriage’s pledge, which requires:

  • Support and send to the states a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman,
  • Defend DOMA in court,
  • Appoint judges and an attorney general who will respect the original meaning of the Constitution,
  • Appoint a presidential commission to investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters,
  • Support legislation that would return to the people of D.C. their right to vote for marriage.

Perhaps Mr. Cooper would care to explain how this “moves the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents.” It actually is more radical and right wing than any previous U.S. president, period. Just like Mitt Romney.

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{ 16 comments }

Alex_Parrish October 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Log Cabin is irrelevant. Why would any self-respection person, or self-respecting LGBT person be interested in the thoughts(?) of these self-hating closet-cases and their devotion to their money? Let them fad-away into oblivion — it's what they deserve and I think it's going to happen.

dlampo October 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

You really need to come up with something more intelligent than the "self-hating closet case" crap you always roll out. The fact is that one quarter to one third of gays and lesbians vote Republican, and they do so for a variety of reasons. As far as fading away, LCR, GOProud, and their allies are more prominent in the party than ever, and rank and file Republicans support most of the gay rights agenda, even if you're too ignorant to even know that. By the way, how many "self respecting" gay Democrats opposed Bill Clinton after he gave us DOMA and DADT? Were you "self hating" because you continued to support him, even after he bragged about these bills in ads on Christian radio stations during the '96 election?

NorthwestYankee October 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I know a lot of gays who don't support Bill Clinton even today.

The Republican Party doesn't even want these gay groups. Didn't some prominent GOP member recently talk about how the Log Cabins are "poisoning" the party? And yet they still want to be a part of that party, for some reason.

If rank-and-file Republicans support gay rights, they should elect people who represent their true interests.

dlampo October 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

What does that mean, "the party doesn't even want these gay groups?" Log Cabin and GOProud has many supporters in the party and in the conservative movement. It's always astounded me that gay Dems take the side of the religious right in saying we shouldn't be in the Rep. Party, like we're supposed to kowtow to the right and let them decide who can be in the party and who can't. What a strange alliance that is. Their opposition to us makes us want to stay in and reform the party all the more, and yet instead of applauding efforts to bring gay rights to every party and community, they say instead to just vote Democrat, clearly a failed strategy and achieving equal rights.

NorthwestYankee October 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm
NorthwestYankee October 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Can you point to anything over the last few decades that demonstrates that GOProud or the Log Cabins have made any headway into the GOP in terms of gay equality? If anything, the party is swinging further to the right, as evidenced in their policies.

dlampo October 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I never heard of any gay group or spokesmen who refused to support or endorse Clinton even with his sorry record of DOMA and DADT.

NorthwestYankee October 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

That doesn't mean they don't exist. I know them.

dlampo October 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

David, No where in the article can I find anything about Romney denying hospital visitation to gay couples, as you state in the headline? Did you just make that up?

NorthwestYankee October 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

He was referencing comments that Romney made recently. It might not be in this article, but that doesn't mean he made it up. I think that the author assumed (obviously erroneously) that his audience would understand the reference and be familiar with the incident.

dlampo October 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I'd like to see the documentation and context, because Romney has spoken in favor of such rights on several occasions during the Republican primary process.

NorthwestYankee October 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Google is your friend.

I've not heard him say anything about gay vistation rights during the primaries. I searched online, but I didn't come up with anything that fits your description.

EdinOcala October 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

break the bubble…..Romney is guided by his religion which is homophobic.

Alex_Parrish October 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

"Romney advisor Bay Buchanan told Buzzfeed today. “Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children."

Alex_Parrish October 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

"The fact is that one quarter to one third of gays and lesbians vote Republican, and they do so for a variety of reasons" Source?? I seriously doubt this.

EdinOcala October 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

You are entitled to you view and I respect that I just can't understand it. We are all Americans first and we should all be treated equally and equitably under the law. Civil rights are part of being an American so how can that be secondary to the good of the country?

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