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Gay Republicans Sign on to Boehner Fundraiser

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel reports on gay involvement in a fundraiser headlined by Dick Cheney to reelect House Speaker John Boehner:

BoehnerWhile much of the personality of the House Republican caucus has been dominated by freshmen members who identify with the Tea Party, this fundraiser underscores Boehner's ties and support from the GOP establishment.

While Boehner and Cheney undoubtedly agree on many, if not most, policy issues, one major area of disagreement is on same-sex marriage. Cheney has been outspoken about his support for marriage equality and was reportedly involved in a lobby effort on the issue in Maryland. Several other individuals on the invitation list -- including former Republican National Committee chair Ken Mehlman, former deputy press secretary Tony Fratto and Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper -- also back marriage equality. None of them returned a request for comment.

Boehner, on the other hand, has led the effort to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans same-sex marriage at the federal level.

Writes Terkel: "The event is benefiting the 'Boehner for Speaker' effort, which is a joint fundraising committee composed of his reelection campaign, his political action committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Ohio Republican Party."

View the invite here.

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  1. KAPOS!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 23, 2012 7:34:16 PM


  2. clearly, these people are not gonna become democrats over gay civil rights issues. sooo.... better have them on the inside, in the backroom, pulling whatever influence they may have, rather than standing on the sidelines, and having no influence whatsoever.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Feb 23, 2012 7:37:50 PM


  3. Gay + GOPer = no influence whatsoever with the Rethuggies. This is pure idiocy running rampant through the political landscape. I mean, c'mon, faggots, supporting a fund raiser for the man who oversees the funding of the GOPers defense of DOMA? What in the Hell is wrong with you??

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Feb 23, 2012 7:47:03 PM


  4. The BDSM subculture of the gay community.

    Posted by: MalaysianHO | Feb 23, 2012 7:53:11 PM


  5. Gay.K.K.

    Posted by: RedOnTheGreg | Feb 23, 2012 8:01:02 PM


  6. Why is Boehner orange? Is this the skin color of heterosexuals in Congress?

    Posted by: trees | Feb 23, 2012 8:03:42 PM


  7. It makes as much sense,at this time in our history, to be a gay republican as it would be to be a black klansman or a jewish nazi.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 23, 2012 8:23:40 PM


  8. "better have them on the inside, in the backroom, pulling whatever influence they may have, rather than standing on the sidelines, and having no influence whatsoever.

    Yeah, preparing to be involved in the next gay sex scandal.

    Posted by: Doug | Feb 23, 2012 8:33:40 PM


  9. It's true that the Republican Party is no ally to the cause of gay rights. A large segment of Republicans are bigots. But Kudos to the Log Cabin Republicans for pushing for change in the Republican Party. These true activists should be lauded, and not ridiculed by our Community. If it weren't for a few Republican representatives, gay marriage would not have passed in New York. I'm not a Republican, and I'm not a Democrat. I'm proud to be registered Independent!

    Posted by: Bri | Feb 23, 2012 8:45:48 PM


  10. It's all part of the game
    I do have a little respect for the LCR, at least they talk about being gay. Kens a d-ck.
    Enjoy the party girls

    Why is he so orange... I think he tans to much, he may want to watch that

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 23, 2012 8:54:08 PM


  11. Malayhisano

    BS

    BDSM people whether gay or straight tend to be overwhelmingly progressive libs

    The majority of gay repubs are repubs due to racism and are more than wiling to sell themselves out as long as non anglo saxon protestants are trashed by repubs

    Posted by: say what | Feb 23, 2012 8:55:35 PM


  12. BRI

    indies are people too embarrassed to proclaim their republican leanings

    shrub chased a ton of semi-sane repubs into declaring themselves indies

    Posted by: say what | Feb 23, 2012 8:57:14 PM


  13. Supporting anti-gay GOP pols just shows pro-gay GOP pols that LCR and other gay conservatives don't actually reward pro-gay votes.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 23, 2012 8:58:53 PM


  14. SAY WHAT

    Embarrassed for my Republican leanings? You do have a point. I do tend to lean towards fiscal conservatism, and little government involvement in our lives. I tend to keep quiet about this with my friends. I've been flirting with Libertarian, but do support a strong National defense, and I tend to care about human rights in the World. In the meantime, I'll vote mostly Blue Dog Democrat, but for an occasional Republican. (Huntsman was the only Republican I'd have chosen over President Obama.) I am proud to independently vote with my conscience, and not blindly follow one political party.

    Posted by: Bri | Feb 23, 2012 9:49:32 PM


  15. B-B-But we were told Ken Mehlman is working within the Republican party for marriage equality! Suckers.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 23, 2012 9:50:02 PM


  16. BRI - would that it were true that these suck-ups were there to fight the good fight. But they are there for money first and dignity second. Or third. Gay rights will always pay second fiddle. Which is why these suck-ups will always suck.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 24, 2012 12:43:54 AM


  17. Of course there will always people who only care about themselves, and their stinking tax cuts.
    But we should be proud that the vast majority of our community support equal rights, for ourselves, the poor, and other oppressed groups.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Feb 24, 2012 12:58:42 AM


  18. For the sake of the country, and in an attempt to get congress working again, we need to see Boehner defeated in his own district. He has presided over the most obstructionist, do-nothing Congress in decades. He must go!

    Posted by: westcoast88 | Feb 24, 2012 12:59:49 AM


  19. Boehner's position on same-sex marriage is identical to Barack Obama's. Anyone who gives money to either of them further deepens our inequality.

    Posted by: Cyd | Feb 24, 2012 1:03:06 AM


  20. Worst Speaker Ever! Still no jobs bills, his house is obsessed with contraception. Contraception! and the Republicans want him to continue to be speaker!

    Posted by: Redebbm | Feb 24, 2012 1:22:15 AM


  21. so what's the deal with the timing of a voter referendum in Maryland? Does the law go into effect before that, or is it held in abeyance as is now happening in

    Posted by: Microsoft Office | Feb 24, 2012 1:54:13 AM


  22. ....and yet, their parents still won't let them sit at the Family Table at the holidays.

    *sigh*

    keep trying, wimps. you're only wasting your own lives.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 24, 2012 2:12:47 AM


  23. actually CYD, you're missing a very important distinction:

    you can google as hard as your little fingers will let you, but you will not find any anti-gay prejudical bigoted quotes from President Obama.

    Boehner? oh yeah.

    so, no, you're wrong. their positions are not the same. it's a distinction that seems to be lost on some people....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 24, 2012 2:14:04 AM


  24. Boehner's position on same-sex marriage is identical to Barack Obama's. Anyone who gives money to either of them further deepens our inequality.

    Posted by: Cyd | Feb 24, 2012 1:03:06 AM

    You're a damn LIAR..PERIOD! STFU!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Feb 24, 2012 2:16:06 AM


  25. Mehlman, Cheney and Boner SCUMBAGS

    Posted by: Kevin Thor | Feb 24, 2012 3:52:31 AM


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