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Log Cabin Faces Sticky Situation With Romney Nom


Will the Log Cabin Republicans endorse Mitt Romney? That's the question Chris Johnson poses today at The Washington Blade.

LCR pulled their support of George W. Bush for that president's push for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Romney has told voters this year he would pursue a similar amendment. So, will the Log Cabin do the same this election season?

Jerame Davis from the National Stonewall Democats says the whole thing forces LCR to a crossroads of sorts: "On the one hand, if they do endorse Romney, they are sending a clear signal to the rest of the LGBT community that being partisan hacks is more important than standing up for LGBT equality. On the other hand, if they don’t endorse Romney they become largely irrelevant in the debate about who will be the next president."

LCR says it will make an endorsement decision before the GOP convention, but until then wants its members to avoid speaking to the press. “We have been informed that Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade is reaching out to our chapter leaders with questions regarding the potential for Log Cabin Republicans to endorse Mitt Romney,” reads an internal email obtained by Johnson. “Please redirect Mr. Johnson to the national staff on this issue. No endorsement decision has been made, and it is in the best interest of our organization to refrain from comment at this time.”

Johnson also points out that during Romney's 2008 run, LCR produced an ad saying Romney has "fought conservatives and religious extremists," using his past pro-choice comments and criticism of Ronald Reagan as examples of his "Massachusetts values." A 2012 endorsement would require a lot of explaining. Or they could just use the "Romney isn't Obama" excuse other conservative groups have fallen back on...

You can watch the LCR's 2007 anti-Mitt video AFTER THE JUMP.

That image, by the way, is of Romney getting "glitter-bombed" for his anti-gay politics.

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  1. I immediately go deaf when a gay republican tells me, haughtily, that he isn't a one-issue voter and other things matter to him more than gay rights, like the economy, national security, etc.

    What they don't realize is that, aside from wanting to make you second class citizens, Republicans don't respect you as a human being, without even knowing you. And not just you. That feeling largely applies to poor people, minorities, and anyone who isn't Christian.

    My *only* hope when a new politician arrives on the scene is that he respects people. Most problems and issues would be fixed (or never would've happened in the first place) if every one believed in treating others the way they themselves would want to be treated regardless of their differences.

    Posted by: RafiD'Angelo | Apr 26, 2012 9:14:30 AM

  2. Like most repugs, they'll employ the etch-a-sketch. Let's rewrite history. We've seen the bushies try to do this with their record. Thank God for the recorded media.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Apr 26, 2012 9:19:48 AM

  3. I hope you're not suggesting that gay Republicans don't have a sturdy leg to stand on, because that would be crazy talk.

    Posted by: Adam Sass | Apr 26, 2012 9:28:30 AM

  4. It's never easy being a Log Cabin Republican. Poor boys.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 26, 2012 9:38:30 AM

  5. How's that "working from within" thing going for you boys? A constitutional amendment, desire for repeal of DADT, in bed with NOM...not just IN bed, but FINANCING Prop 8 and signing their pledge, and a total repudiation of the "moderate" Romney once was/pretended to be. It's you or the evangelicals, and we all know how that will turn out. Enjoy all that cash guys, because you won't be getting any rights.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Apr 26, 2012 9:53:04 AM

  6. are there any lesbian log cabin republicans ? I havent ever seen any...or latino ? Or Black ? hmm....curiously they seem to only be rich rather sallow faced white guys with anger issues.

    Posted by: paul | Apr 26, 2012 9:55:53 AM

  7. @Paul, LMFAO!!! Exactly.

    Posted by: DRG | Apr 26, 2012 10:00:36 AM

  8. If LCR nationwide is anything like the Cleveland branch, they're a bunch of white trash, morbidly obese losers.

    Posted by: Hank | Apr 26, 2012 10:39:59 AM

  9. Paul, I was thinking the same thing. I have never seen a GOProud or LCR who wasn't a weathly white guy.

    Posted by: KT | Apr 26, 2012 11:02:24 AM

  10. @Paul, spot on!

    They're just a bunch of gay wealthy white guys that hate on everyone else and secretly wish they were straight like their masters in the GOP establishment.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Apr 26, 2012 1:36:15 PM

  11. @Paul

    there is a little-very little- pepper in that salt; a couple of Black Log Cabiners actually ran for some sort of elected office in DC (city council?)

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Apr 26, 2012 2:07:54 PM

  12. Some times you have to say and do things so that you get your trust fund income and inheritance.

    The only other option would be to go to work, ugh. And live in a cheap apartment. And drive a cheap car. And not go home for Thanksgiving. And..... well, you see what I mean? And not be invited to expensive family vacations at Aspen. And.... Mitt happens.

    Posted by: Keepin' It Straight | Apr 26, 2012 5:43:36 PM

  13. If they do endorse him, maybe they'll share with the world whatever they see as a pro-gay position of his.

    I, for one, am dying to hear about one, just ONE, example.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 26, 2012 5:55:18 PM

  14. Like that tiny little ineffective and inconsequential group known as Log Cabin Republicans makes the slightest difference to anyone.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 26, 2012 8:06:59 PM

  15. They can't endorse anyone until Daddy gets over Santorum's loss.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 26, 2012 9:01:55 PM

  16. Log Cabin isn't a total waste. I've checked out their website. They seem much more liberal than GOProud, and they've been around a long time (since 1977.) They provide a voice, however small, for pro-LGBT Republicans - and a small voice has to be better than nothing, right? Were't they instrumental in getting DADT overturned? And they've got chapters all over the country, as opposed to GOProud which is just a small Washington DC-based group. Some of their members were featured in the documentary "Gay Republicans."

    Just sayin.....

    Posted by: mary | Apr 26, 2012 9:18:56 PM

  17. @Mary: I don't believe they played any significant role in getting DADT overturned. They were in the process of going through the courts to get them to declare it unconstitutional. The democrats under Obama's direction got the congress, with very little republican support (about 8 republican senators) to change the law. It is always better, if you can, to get the peoples representatives to enact or change laws rather than an "activist" court to declare laws unconstitutional.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 26, 2012 10:32:04 PM

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