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Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) to Headline Log Cabin Republican Convention

Rep. Bob Barr, who authored the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), will be the keynote speaker at the Log Cabin Republican annual convention in Dallas on April 30, the group announced via press release.

Bobbarr Said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director: 

"Congressman Barr is living proof that Republicans are becoming more inclusive, and doing so for conservative reasons. As a freshman member of Congress in 1996, Barr wrote DOMA. He has since come to the conclusion that 'DOMA's language reflects one-way federalism' and that the law 'has become a de facto club used to limit, if not thwart, the ability of a state to choose to recognize same-sex unions,' contrary to the traditional Republican respect for states' rights, and that DOMA should be repealed. Barr's principled stand shows what a real evolution on marriage looks like today, and Log Cabin Republicans look forward to hearing from him on this timely issue in Dallas. As evidenced by the last election, in which gay and lesbian support for Republicans nearly doubled and independent voters helped sweep a GOP majority into office, inclusion can and does win. Log Cabin will continue to work to expand the base of the Republican Party, all the while gaining new allies in the fight for freedom."

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  1. The Republican party has no interest in freedom. It wants absolute fealty to the oligarchs.

    And nothing less.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 29, 2011 7:17:16 PM

  2. do members of the lcr really that a repuk can really change? they just want our money and votes in 2012 so they stab us in 2013. look at the candidates running for the repuk nomination all have an anti gay agenda and have said so out loud. do you think barr will stray far from the message?

    Posted by: walter | Mar 29, 2011 7:20:33 PM

  3. zOMG I HOPE HOPE HOPE he talks about tax cuts! They are SOOOOOO important.

    Posted by: Rebel Agenda | Mar 29, 2011 7:31:27 PM

  4. Barr has a libertarian streak. He was against the Patriot Act, for example. He's out of the mainstream of the party. If he's trying to make a comeback, it will probably be through the Tea Party libertarians. I suspect that he's been burned politically by evangelicals, particularly after Ted Haggard's issues came to light.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 29, 2011 7:33:46 PM

  5. Former (like most of the inclusive Republicans) Congressman Barr may be living proof that he has become more inclusive, but he has zero influence within the Republican party, in no way represents the current Republican platform, and is at odds with the vast vast majority of currently elected Republicans, who are veering ever rightwards and more firmly against us.

    It's laughable that the LCR claims that the Republican party is becoming more gay-friendly when a glance at the daily news reveals just the opposite. But I guess when you have your heads in the delusional sand . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 29, 2011 7:36:30 PM

  6. Why not just have Fred Phelps address them?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Mar 29, 2011 8:32:28 PM

  7. realizing that DOMA is bad law on a technicality based merely on Federalism is still pale in comparison to most Democrats who just instinctually realize the prohibiting gay marriage is against the Constition. i'll take the party with the right instinct in the first place, thanks.

    Posted by: Andrew K | Mar 29, 2011 9:39:32 PM

  8. "Barr wrote DOMA. He has since come to the conclusion that 'DOMA's language reflects one-way federalism' and that the law 'has become a de facto club used to limit, if not thwart, the ability of a state to choose to recognize same-sex unions,' contrary to the traditional Republican respect for states'"

    One way federalism enabling the use of DOMA as a club to thwart a States right to recognize same sex unions was its intent and purpose. For Barr to claim he's only recently come to this conclusion is bulls**t.

    Republicans have(usually)historically supported states rights only when a State DENIES rights/liberties to a minority. Once a State expands rights and liberties to those whom have been denied them Republicans suddenly become Federalists; DOMA being the most perfect example of this hypocrisy. I'm glad to see he has reversed himself on this and thinks DOMA should be repealed, but that's not the same a supporting same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Ian | Mar 29, 2011 9:52:54 PM

  9. I truly wish that I could believe that the GOP was indeed becoming more inclusive and embracing their cloying gay brethren for who & what they are. Unfortunately, history must be the guide. History shows us unequivocally that while the Republicans will gladly do just about anything to ensure that the LCR keeps their not-inconsiderable voting powers within the party lines, they have absolutely no interest in doing anything to guarantee that their gay constituents will actually be able to be treated as equals. To do so would invalidate their larger power-hungry base and their desperate ministrations to make gays the whipping-posts for all the world's ills.
    At this juncture, I can no longer fault the GOP. When you have a PAC that insists upon prostrating themselves before the altar and freely offering up the knives, what else are they to do?

    Posted by: Vatican Lokey | Mar 29, 2011 9:59:54 PM

  10. Mr. Barr and a few other Repubs from the San Francisco Bay Area and eastern Massachusetts represent a tiny libertarian-leaning minority within the Republican Party, and they tend to support gay rights on constitutional technicalities, not because they think gay and bisexual men are their equals who are deserving of equal rights. Log Cabin Republicans needs to admit this. If LCR are suggesting voting for this tiny group of atypical Republicans, fine. But to suggest that gay voters vote for mainstream Repubs, who are guaranteed-anti-gay, is madness.

    Posted by: Phil | Mar 29, 2011 10:02:48 PM

  11. This is huge for Log Cabin. It normalizes them with countless republicans, and spells the end of anti gay bias in the party. This is extremely bad news for democrats.

    Posted by: ted | Mar 29, 2011 10:08:53 PM

  12. "Republicans are becoming more inclusive"

    Saying it does not make it so.

    Posted by: Max | Mar 29, 2011 10:20:44 PM

  13. This is bad news for the Democrats? I"m confounded where you people learn your logic skills.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Mar 29, 2011 10:31:35 PM

  14. How exactly is this huge for Log Cabin, Ted? Seriously, explain.

    One out-of-office Republican who believes that DOMA should be repealed for reasons that have little to do with respect for actual gay people doesn't exactly spell revolution. I mean, good for him, but his views are at odds with nearly every person of power (which he is not) within the Republican party.

    The fact remains that no legislative progress on gay civil rights progress can be attributed to Republican majorities. If you or anyone can come up with some please fill us in . . .

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 29, 2011 11:12:19 PM

  15. didn't realize Barr was a republican again; he ran for president in 2008 as a libertarian

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Mar 29, 2011 11:35:03 PM

  16. Hey, he's not so anti-gay that he won't take their speaking fee...

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 29, 2011 11:38:04 PM

  17. Why do they always go after types like Bob Barr or John Coryn? Why not at least try to build some public allies firmly with someone like Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, or Scott Brown (who really needs to prove he is somewhat socially liberal in order to keep his seat).

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 30, 2011 1:48:59 AM

  18. Is wanting the right thing for the wrong reason all that much better than wanting the wrong thing for the wrong reason?

    It's a bit like Hitler saying, "Don't shoot the Jews. We are going to send them to the gas chambers anyway."

    (I apologize if that simile is offensive to some. Just trying to make a point.)

    If Barr had come to the position that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, are entitled to the same legal rights as everyone else, then that would be reason to applaud him.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Mar 30, 2011 3:08:30 AM

  19. This is a different Ted. So he will support all 50 states enacting their own versions of DOMA, eh? Congrats to the log cabin republicans. Maybe they should change their name to the aunt jemina republicans and bring back segregation.

    Posted by: Ted | Mar 30, 2011 3:33:18 AM

  20. To give this man any kind of platform in front of a gay group shows either a complete ignorance of or a sick and twisted perception of history. He stood in the chambers while promoting DOMA and said the most despicable lies about gays imaginable, and had a nasty and unyielding attitude while he did it. So, he's had a change of attitude? Give him a gold star, not a speaking engagement.

    With this, and Ann Coulter speaking at GOProud, gay conservatives are proving that they will do anything to provide cover to our worst enemies.

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 30, 2011 8:08:11 AM

  21. Hmm... nope, still despise the man.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Mar 30, 2011 10:21:08 AM

  22. Bob Barr? Anita Bryant wasn't available?

    Posted by: wimsy | Mar 30, 2011 1:34:58 PM

  23. On the other hand, guys, remember it was LCR--NOT HCR--that got DADT repeal legislation brought forward.

    HCR is a bunch of smug, self-satisfied professional lobbyist/bureaucrats just like any other lobbying group.

    Posted by: Danny | Mar 30, 2011 3:05:52 PM

  24. excuse me--I mean HRC.

    Posted by: Danny | Mar 30, 2011 3:07:52 PM

  25. Not quite, Danny. The LCR should certainly receive credit for taking DADT to court and succeeding, but they also supported some Republican candidates who tried to stand in the way of DADT legislative repeal. Their claim that the Republican party is becoming more inclusive is a fabrication. By supporting Republicans, they're working against us at the same time they claim to be working for us. Not that I'm defending the HRC--they are like any other lobbying group. But at least the HRC people aren't deluding themselves into thinking Congressional Republicans are our friends.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 30, 2011 5:02:49 PM

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