Log Cabin Republicans endorse McCain [Wash Blade]
**UPDATE: Stonewall Democrats respond: Stonewall Democrats on the Gravely Anti-Equality Record of the McCain/Palin Ticket
***ALSO: Here's the complete LCR release:
September 2, 2008
For Immediate Release
direct: (202) 347-5306, ext. 109
Log Cabin Endorses Sen. John McCain for President
McCain is an Inclusive Leader Who Will Appeal to Independent Voters
(Minneapolis, MN) - Log Cabin Republicans today announced its
endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for President of the United
States. Log Cabin's national board of directors voted 12-2 to endorse
the Republican nominees for President and Vice President. Log Cabin
announced the decision at its "Big Tent Event" during the Republican
National Convention in Minneapolis.
"On the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last
decade-the federal marriage amendment-Sen. John McCain stood with us.
Now we stand with him," said
Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Sammon. "Sen. McCain is an
inclusive Republican who is focusing the GOP on unifying core
principles that appeal to independent voters."
"Sen. McCain showed courage by bucking his own party's leadership and
the president-twice voting against the amendment. He gave an
impassioned speech on the Senate floor, calling the amendment
'antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.'
He paid a political price for his vote," said Sammon.
"Log Cabin Republicans is a grassroots organization and our membership
overwhelmingly supports endorsing Sen. McCain," said Log Cabin Board
Chairman Pete Kingma. "Our board and staff members have spent recent
months getting input and feedback from our members. The consensus
among our members is strongly in favor of an endorsement because of
his inclusive record. Our members also support him because he's a
maverick; a trait most recently on display with his decision to select
Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate."
"In recent years, too many Republican politicians have used divisive
social issues in an effort to win elections. Sen. McCain is a
different kind of Republican. He understands the GOP lost its majority
in Congress in 2006 largely because the Party focused on divisive
social issues. Sen. McCain knows the politics of fear and division
will damage our Party and our nation so he's focusing the GOP on
unifying core principles such as limited government, fiscal
responsibility, and a strong national defense," said Sammon.
"We have honest disagreements with Sen. McCain on a number of gay
rights issues. Log Cabin will continue our conversation with him and
other Republican leaders about issues affecting gay and lesbian
Americans. We will speak out when there's disagreement-either during
the upcoming campaign or when John McCain is President," said Sammon
Sen. McCain has had a long and friendly association with Log Cabin
Republicans, dating back to the organization's opening of a national
office in the mid-1990s.
"Sen. McCain has always shown a willingness to reach out and engage in
dialogue with Log Cabin, while considering all sides of an issue,"
said Sammon. "We know that will continue when he is President."
"Progress in the fight for LGBT equality requires support from both
Republicans and Democrats," said Sammon. "Log Cabin's endorsement of
Sen. McCain will ensure our community has a strong voice making the
case for gay rights to John McCain when he is President."
According to the organization's bylaws, Log Cabin endorses only
Log Cabin Republicans endorsed then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000,
but declined to endorse President Bush in 2004-largely over the
president's push for a federal anti-gay marriage constitutional
amendment and his decision to use gay people as a wedge issue in
"I expect Sen. McCain will receive strong support from gay and lesbian
Americans," said Sammon. "LGBT people are not single-issue voters.
Gay rights issues are a critical part of the equation, but so are many
other issues impacting our daily lives-foreign policy, the economy,
jobs, energy policy, health care reform, and taxes. Gay and lesbian
Republicans believe Sen. John McCain is the most qualified person to
lead our country."
# # #
Log Cabin Republicans promotes legislation to provide basic fairness
for gay and lesbian Americans and works to build a more inclusive GOP.
The 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide,
a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action
committee and state political action committees.
These people have lost their minds if they think John McCain or Sarah Palin will EVER support inclusiveness. Idiots.
Posted by: Kristi | Sep 2, 2008 4:26:53 PM
While I understand the need for gay advocacy within the Republican party, and believe that the log cabins are influential at the state and local level in blue states, I wish they would stop pretending that the national party has moved one iota towards gay equality.
The message that they are sending is that they will give their money/support to the Repubs no matter what, so what exactly is the incentive for Republicans to change?
Posted by: Phil | Sep 2, 2008 4:32:34 PM
Switching to the war in Iraq, Palin told the group of students that they should not only pray for men and women in the military but to make sure the leaders of this country are sending U.S. soldiers "out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."
This woman is too scary for words. Not only is she stating that she is fully behind this stupid war in Iraq, but she is suggesting that it is "GOD'S PLAN", whatever the fuck that is. And, even more, that she is privy to what "GOD'S PLAN" IS. Nothing is scarier than that, let alone "that" being one (feeble old man) breath breath away from the atomic-football.
Maybe she is just pandering, like Dubya did when he claimed to have been directed by the g-man to invade Iraq. But, I don't think so. I think that she's delusional enough to believe that whatever pops into her pea-brain is truly divinely inspired.
Dubya's pandering was always pretty transparent, because he's simply too stupid to have been very convincing at it. And his pandering was always to deflect attention away while he did whatever he wanted. If She's pandering, then she is doing it wrong - she is actively focusing attention on exactly what she should be deflecting attention away from.
On the one hand, that is somewhat refreshing. But on the other, it is way more scary, because only god (I mean Sarah Palin) knows what "task" from GOD'S PLAN will come next.
Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 2, 2008 5:24:16 PM
I think we are all missing the point. It is not about human rights, it is not about gay rights. The Log Cabin Repugs. are all about greed. They are nothing but a bunch of corporate whores, protecting their stock portfolios. They only believe in money and power. They could care less about our families struggling for dignity and equal rights.
Posted by: Bud | Sep 3, 2008 7:07:46 AM
As my mother put it, "Ah, the poor souls, they're slitting their own throats."
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