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Former Log Cabin Head Happy Gay People Are So 'Visible' In GOP

PelephantIn a piece about the relatively friendly treatment gay groups like GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans received at this year's Republican National Convention, an event traditionally hostile to LGBT people, CNN spoke to former LCR executive director Bob Kabel.

According to Kabel, the GOP will soon evolve to keep up with the times. When that evolution will take place, however, is anyone's guess.

Bob Kabel says the evolution of the roles that openly gay people play at the convention -- and in the party itself -- has been remarkable. Kabel was the chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans from 1993 to 1999. He went on to be elected the first openly gay person in the nation to chair a state Republican Party, in the District of Columbia.

Early on, he says, he felt forced to stand up at a public meeting and shame the Republican National Convention chair into an official meeting with Log Cabin.

"The current RNC leadership has been much better. They've been great," Kabel said. "We feel so much more welcome, and the voices of the Tony Perkinses in the party will be drowned out as more young people come into the party. This is not a negative issue for young people in our party. And we are more visible than ever."

We're certainly visible in the GOP platform, which vows to fight for a constitutional amendment discriminating against same-sex couples. Is being seen as a problem worth being seen at all?

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  1. LRC and GOProud think they are visible in the Republican party? Why aren't they listed on the GOP.com homepage along with Blacks, Hispanics, and Women as Coalition Support?

    Regarding evangelical activist Gary Bauer, president of American Vales and former president of FRC, Michelangelo Signorile wrote, "He also dismissed the conservative gay groups GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans, which are both organizing at the convention: 'I have no problem with any gay group that says they’re Republicans, but I will fight them tooth and nail if they try to change what the Republican Party believes.'"

    OK, you're not invisible, but so what?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 1, 2012 9:00:43 AM

  2. Many a beggar has been happy getting a few crumbs from the tables of the wealthy. It seems to me that the Log Cabin Republicans lack a real sense of self worth.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 1, 2012 3:51:23 PM

  3. Gay acceptance is inevitable, but will suffer a major setback if we are seen to lose with Obama. Nobody would have a future worth a darn under his Socialist Agenda anyway.

    Posted by: Sam Molloy | Sep 1, 2012 8:46:12 PM

  4. @Sam Malloy: President Obama is a centrist democrat. He follows in the traditions of FDR, Truman, JFK, Johnson, Carter and Clinton. He is an outstanding man who this gay white Navy veteran will proudly vote for again this November.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 1, 2012 11:35:43 PM

  5. @Sam Molloy: You forgot to mention that Obama is really a Muslim;-)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 2, 2012 9:57:05 AM

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