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Log Cabin Republicans To Honor Susan Collins

CollinsSusan Gay GOP group The Log Cabin Republicans announced this week that they will honor LGBT-friendly Sen. Susan Collins at their annual dinner in Washington D.C. next month.

"Senator Collins is the reason why the failed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy will be relegated to history. We have always been proud of her leadership on behalf of gay & lesbian Americans & we are excited for the opportunity to honor her work," said the group's executive director, R. Clarke Cooper.

He went on, "Senator Collins has further demonstrated her steadfast commitment to fairness through her support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act & achieving tax parity for health care. She remains the tip of the spear in the fight for equality."

The event, where Collins will be given the Spirit of Lincoln Award, comes as LGBT activists in her home state of Maine ramp up efforts to put a marriage equality vote on the 2012 ballot.

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  1. One of the few good, decent republicans, one of 8 who voted for repeal of DADT which proves the majority of the republicans party including the Tea Party and Civil Libertarian scumbags are anti-equality. Ron Paul now supports DOMA.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Aug 18, 2011 9:22:35 AM

  2. I'm glad that Senator Collins is being honored, even if she is a long-time closet case. Or do the Log Cabin Republicans like celebrating the closet, since there seem to be more closeted Republicans than closeted Democrats?

    Posted by: allan | Aug 18, 2011 10:17:54 AM

  3. "tip of the spear" is a horrible metaphor.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 18, 2011 11:16:14 AM

  4. They are right to say that DADT repeal would not have happened without Susan Collins......and Joe Lieberman.

    None of the Senate Democrats were really willing to push back on a White House that would have preferred to let DADT repeal die in the lame-duck session so that they could focus on the START treaty, the DREAM Act and all kinds of other things that Obama cared more about than helping us.

    Closeted or not, Republican or not, she deserves all the credit in the world for taking the initiative when others were not willing to......

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 18, 2011 11:39:45 AM

  5. I have no problem with this whatever.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Aug 18, 2011 11:40:19 AM

  6. is she a good republican or just a good politician

    she is in the north east where she has to buck the repub party or loose to a dem

    Posted by: say what | Aug 18, 2011 1:00:53 PM

  7. For all my differences with them, I gotta say that at least the Log Cabin Republicans actually support gay rights like the repeal of DOMA and DADT. Unlike GOProud, which is about a virulently homophobic as they come.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Aug 18, 2011 1:06:40 PM

  8. Senator Collins's vote was the right thing to do, and she deserves full credit for it. She certainly deserves to be honored by the LCR's since she is one of the very few Republicans they can support without complete shame. To say, however, that she is the reason that DADT will be relegated to history way overstates her role. There were many others, inside and outside of government, who worked much longer and harder for repeal than Collins. Give her the credit without exaggerating, LCR's, or it makes it seem like no other Republicans support you . . . Oh, wait, never mind. She's about all you've got.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 18, 2011 1:11:04 PM

  9. Collins made good on DADT repeal and co-sponsored ENDA, but it should be very interesting to see if she "comes out" in favor of marriage equality if the ballot question surfaces in 2012. My bet is she stays silent on it, just like in 2009.

    Posted by: Bruno | Aug 18, 2011 1:29:19 PM

  10. Jesus. You'd think Collins put a gun to the head of ALL the Dem senators to force them to vote for repeal.

    "she deserves all the credit in the world for taking the initiative when others were not willing to......"

    Taking the initiative? REALLY? Was she a co-sponsor for the last several years? Did she spend years convincing colleagues to vote for repeal?

    She played a small part, being the only GOP senator willing to join those truly responsible for repeal: the Democrats.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 18, 2011 1:46:52 PM

  11. Congratulations on finding a Republican who's not a homophobe. Is there another one in Congress?

    Posted by: Charley | Aug 18, 2011 3:04:16 PM

  12. She (and a few others like Lieberman) did practically put a gun to the head of Harry Reid and force a vote on the issue when our "Fierce Advocate" and those champions of our community, the Democrat leaders in Congress, would do nothing.

    Bravo, Sen. Collins. This wouldn't have been accomplished without you. Not all Republicans are evil, and not all Democrats are our friends. Those who believe otherwise and condemn all Republicans will ensure that the Democrat Party continues to take our community with all it's eggs in their basket for granted.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Aug 18, 2011 3:48:25 PM

  13. As for the suggestion by "say what" that she is only being a good politician, Susan Collins carried every county in Maine in both 2002 and 2008, racked up a 61% margin in 2008 (a lousy year for Republicans), and hasn't missed a vote in the U.S. Senate since 1997.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Aug 18, 2011 3:56:14 PM

  14. @LL: I agree, Susan Collins is not an evil Republican. She's a rare moderate in a party of extremists, and she played a crucial role in the repeal of DADT.

    But, let's be clear, the repeal would not have happened legislatively on a Republican president's watch (remember McCain's position?) or with a Republican majority. The votes tell the story of which party is the more gay-friendly, and it sure isn't (with notable exceptions like Collins) the current Republicans.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 18, 2011 7:44:00 PM

  15. I'm grateful to Senator Collins and she deserves any award she receives. She caught holy hell from other Republicans, particularly some dumbasses from her own state of Maine, and she never flinched on the DADT repeal. She's rare.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 18, 2011 8:26:11 PM

  16. Ok, "all of the credit"? WTF? one Republican, ONE, voted in favor of repeal. It took all of the other dems and independents in the Senate to get it to pass. Why don't they get the credit from the Log Cabins? Oh, b/c she's a repub. Why not the people who actually sponsored the bill and pushed tirelessly for repeal. Seriously, the Log Cabins are a bunch of idiot, self-loathing, brain washed gays. Just b/c you finally got one to say that they don't hate you enough to remove hateful legislation, doesn't mean the party now supports the gay community. Stop supporting that party! And, I know there are other republicans who don't hate gays, but won't vote in favor of gays...they have to show more courage (which I do give Collins credit for...but certainly not "all" the credit) ugh.

    Posted by: trineb2002 | Aug 18, 2011 10:51:36 PM

  17. @TRINEB2002 Get your facts straight. Eight Republicans in the Senate voted for DADT repeal, and six voted against their party leaders on the procedural vote that was critical to passage.

    Nobody is claiming the Republicans overall are a gay-friendly party, just that they are not all homophobes and without bi-partisan support, no gay rights legislation ever passes anywhere (see the New York marriage vote recently).

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 19, 2011 11:28:03 AM

  18. great news

    Posted by: glass table | Aug 20, 2011 11:43:30 PM

  19. Well one out so many is, at least a small step to honest thinking, congratulation to Collins, a women with an honest voice.

    May other learn from her actions !

    Posted by: EJ | Aug 21, 2011 9:38:49 AM

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    Posted by: Log Cabins | Aug 24, 2011 5:02:41 AM

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