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HRC's Joe Solmonese and R Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans discuss the Prop 8 case and growing Republican support for gay marriage.


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  1. I just can't bring myself to watch ANYTHING with Joe Stholomonesthe in it.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 1, 2010 7:52:45 PM

  2. Great, six Republicans are for marriage equality. Yeah, that's going to sway the evangelical/tea partier/Beck-Palin neo-Christian haters that make up a HUGE part of the Republican voting base.

    I'm not buying that the Republicans are going to get behind this enmass. At all. It's actually laughable.

    This is either a Karl Rove-ian ruse or it will divide the Republican party into factions. (Which wouldn't be a bad thing.)

    After being the repugnant party that says they believe in liberty for all...except for gay and anyone else that isn't white, straight and Christian conservative, I can't quite buy htis new embracable you happy face they are trying to put on this disgusting tribe of "I've Got Mine, So Fuck You." As I've stated before, buying this line of crap from them now is like falling for the abusive boyfriend knowing that sooner or later he's going to punch you in the face.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 1, 2010 7:54:49 PM

  3. please notice that NONE of the republicans that now support marriage equality are actually running for elective office.

    Also note that they aren't expressing support for ENDA, UAFA, repeal of DOMA or repeal of DADT.

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 1, 2010 8:25:46 PM

  4. Actually Charlie Baker is running for governor of Massachusetts and he supports marriage equality.

    But...duh, it's Massachusetts (+ Baker has a gay brother, I believe).

    Lincoln Chafee is a former Republican, running for governor of Rhode Island now an independent and he supports marriage equality unlike that hateful governor they have now.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 1, 2010 8:42:47 PM

  5. This is all an act to get people to feel LESS guilty about voting in the political representatives of those who promote the ideal of an anti-gay Christianist theocracy.

    Any Gay person who falls for this because acceptance the GOP means equality was never a progress or a liberal - just a conservative minority member - who is hoping to jump in bed with the elites, and keep people down as the 1 percent of America with MOST of the wealth try to go from what 90 Percent to 94 Percent no matter how many other citizens it hurts.

    No once these gay GOP folks come out - they are are the enemy of progress. Welcome out boys good to know who you are - so you can do LESS damage = because you will be watched now.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Sep 1, 2010 9:46:38 PM

  6. Actually Charlie Baker is running for governor of Massachusetts and he supports marriage equality.

    But...duh, it's Massachusetts (+ Baker has a gay brother, I believe).

    --- Charlie Baker is an Elitist from the word go ... destroyed many jobs at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Look up those stories - he drove that company into the ground --- and got rich enough to run for Gov.

    Posted by: Tony C | Sep 1, 2010 9:48:13 PM

  7. Let's not kid ourselves, the Republicans used the "gay" issue for strategic advantage in the the 2004 election and they are using it now for the same reason. The only difference is that public opionion has come over to our side. If Republicans win big in November, do not count for any more support for our cause than we have now from Obama.

    Posted by: voet | Sep 1, 2010 9:59:58 PM

  8. WTF! last i checked all repub candidates for house rep , senate, governor, etc all are publicly against us gays

    The repubs have already stated very loudly that if they win control of congress they will nix any talk of revoking DADT

    ken slimeball came out of the closet, whip de doo = it means squat and not a total reversal of the repub party hating us

    Posted by: reality bites | Sep 1, 2010 10:10:30 PM

  9. I am really getting PISSED about this shit, what is this crap and where did it start? which support are you people talking about?

    if you are counting republicans who are either out-of-office or where-never-were (meghan) as the republican support, you people are nuts.

    wake me up, when they are actually doing the real support, like let's see helping pass the laws such as repelling DADT or DOM, then we can talk.


    Posted by: johnosahon | Sep 1, 2010 10:53:04 PM

  10. Gay GOPers are coming out. Get used to it. There are a lot of us. Ok gay marriage. Yes we're fighting for gay marriage and gays in the military. But what this country really needs is jobs. We need to turn the economy around. Nothing is more important than that right now.

    Posted by: Ken P. | Sep 1, 2010 11:05:33 PM

  11. What Johnosahon said.

    There's a huge cognitive dissonance on this blog and other leading gay blogs about this "huge groundswell of Republican support for gay marriage."

    The wives and daughters of former politicians are hardly a critical mass. A few former campaign chairmen are hardly a groundswell. But these are some prominent names and will eventually help convert some people. But they're opinion leaders or vote managers.

    And it is very telling that most of the high profile GOP support has come after they leave positions of power. And they say nothing about ENDA.

    Posted by: Anderson | Sep 1, 2010 11:58:22 PM

  12. Today it was reported Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski conceded to Alaska GOP Senate Primary To Joe Miller.

    Republicans are terrified that the Tea Party they helped create and promote has now become it's biggest threat.

    So, what to do? Start courting The Gays. Start softening that social conservative hostility. PURE CALCULATION.

    While some may see little difference between Democrats and Republicans there is a huge difference between Democrats and Tea Partiers. In that scenario the Republicans become irrelevant.

    They're trying to stay relevant. It's all calculated strategy.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Sep 2, 2010 12:44:12 AM

  13. I'm sorry. That Log Cabinette made my skin crawl.
    And I agree that this is a tactical move by the GOP to paint themselves as less heartless and cruel than they are.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Sep 2, 2010 12:47:59 AM

  14. It's not a question of whether the Republicans embrace The Gays. It's their motivation that should concern you.

    The ONLY way they'll take The Gays is if doing so gives them more power. They have no interest in human rights or Gay people. They just want to prevent the Tea Party from getting to popular.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Sep 2, 2010 12:49:15 AM

  15. @ KEN P. What do the repugs offer for jobs? Oh right, a tax cut sonthe rich can keep even more. That does shit for the economy cuz they can already buy what they need. Stimulus spending on our electric infrastructure would be aigret start and set us up well for the future, but the repugs will block it, because their war in Iraq with it's outsourced flunkies raking in the dough has bankrupted the nation and the treasury. Just not the top 1%, they got rich off it all.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 2, 2010 12:54:05 AM

  16. Great, six gay Republicans....Thanks Bart, I'm with you.

    Posted by: Modern Meet | Sep 2, 2010 12:54:05 AM

  17. Sorry for the typos, very tired, using iPad. "sonthe" should have been "so the"; "aigret" should have been "a great"; and "it's" "its".

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 2, 2010 12:57:32 AM

  18. "We want acceptance, damn it!" "We want tolerance, damn it.!" Until you start giving it to us, and then we'll piss and moan and bitch and it will never be good enough.

    Go back to your "Fierce Advocate" and the huge Democrat veto-proof majorities that brought the gay community next to nothing except a pretty part invitation to the White House. No action on DADT. No end to ENDA. How about DOMA.

    Keep writing those checks to Democrats who don't deliver. Keep getting taken for granted because of the overwhelming support for a single party. And then bitch because Republicans have no reason to talk to us.

    Get off the cross, ladies. We need the wood.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 2, 2010 1:31:52 AM

  19. PLEASE..This is poison candy....I don't buy iy. If they really want to impress then fight for support for ENDA, UAFA, repeal of DOMA and repeal of DADT.


    Posted by: Chris | Sep 2, 2010 1:45:02 AM

  20. Here's the difference between Republicans and Democrats on gay issues: The Republicans are like the kid in school who'd beat up up every day and tell you to you face how much he hates you. The Democrats are like the kid in school who'd act like your friend when no one was around but would constantly undermine you behind your back and could never be counted on when you needed him. Which is worse?

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 2, 2010 1:52:38 AM

  21. What's all this "Glenn Beck is for gay marriage" stuff. All he said was that it's not a concern at this time and isn't a focus. He didn't say "yes, let's have it."

    And, Glenn Beck is pushing such a hard line on religion and politics by creating religious culture warriors that he's energizing people to fight marriage equality, no matter what his stance is on the issue.

    People need to call the LOG Cabin republicans out on this everytime they say it and emphasize that while their might be a few republicans for marriage equality, not all (like the Cheney's and Laura Bush) are actively pursuing/fighting for it.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 2, 2010 2:03:19 AM

  22. As the saying goes:
    Throw a dog a bone.

    A handful of Repubs who suddenly have changed their tune out of how many? But nothing being said about the other issues of civil rights: DADT, EDNA, UAFA.

    They're playing the LBGT community as fools 'n' tools.

    Posted by: aleabeth | Sep 2, 2010 2:14:25 AM

  23. This is mostly bait and switch. The next republican presidential nominee will be a bigoted homophobic demagogue. It is as certain as death and taxes. Changing that party will take years to effect. But, there's a slowly growing, powerless movement right now that anticipates the future, and wants a place for the republican party at the table....which the current trajectory is eliminating.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 2, 2010 2:36:51 AM

  24. Gay GOPers are salivating over Young Guns, the upcoming book with a movie trailer [ ] of the coming to power in the next Congress of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy. It's like a trailer for a William Higgins ("Big Guns") film. But when these three get into power, the prospects for gay rights get better? Give me a break.

    Posted by: Philo | Sep 2, 2010 2:54:10 AM

  25. @Philo, especially because Cantor has a 0% rating from the HRC and a 7% rating from the ACLU. He's voted for the anti-gay position every chance he's gotten.

    We are a few generations away from a GOP that supports gay - as in those political leaders are probably playing in the sandbox right now.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 2, 2010 3:51:17 AM

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