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Log Cabin Republicans Applaud Republican Party Debate Over Gay Issues Despite 'Abysmal' Results

The Log Cabin Republicans called "abysmal" the marriage plank written by Tony Perkins for the Republican National Party platform but applauded themselves for "being in the room" and "encouraging the debate" of inclusion, the group said in a press release:

CooperWhile Log Cabin Republicans commend the delegates who proposed inclusion of pro-equality language in the 2012 Republican Party platform, the final document is marred by outdated social conservative ideology.

"Tony Perkins may be boasting today about having written an antigay marriage plank into the Republican Party platform, but it will be a hollow and short-lived victory," said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. "The obsessive exclusion of gay couples, including military families, from the rights and responsibilities of marriage, combined with bizarre rhetoric about 'hate campaigns' and 'the homosexual rights agenda' are clear signs of desperation among social conservatives who know that public opinion is rapidly turning in favor of equality. Unfortunately, what voters can't see in this document is the significant debate within the Committee. We were pleased to see vigorous debate on amendments in support of civil unions and to delete language regarding DOMA. While these measures failed, the future direction of our party clearly trends toward inclusion. This may well be the last time a platform will cater to the likes of the Family Research Council on marriage, and the fact is, platforms rarely influence policy. Tony will never see his discrimination written into the United States Constitution."

Cooper continued, "Together with Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, Log Cabin Republicans are proud to have encouraged this important debate at the Republican National Convention. Only by being in the room and speaking conservative to conservative will we succeed in building a stronger and more inclusive Republican party.

Despite abysmal marriage rhetoric, in certain places the 2012 Republican platform is an improvement compared to the 2008 document for LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans advocated for the exclusion of any language calling for the return of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - there is no longer any reference to the supposed 'incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.' We are pleased that the 2012 platform's language on refugees no longer presents a barrier for asylum of LGBT people who are persecuted and threatened with execution in places like Iran. Finally, we appreciate the inclusion of language recognizing that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. While there is clearly a long way to go and the language regarding marriage will be harmful to Republicans in November, these changes should not be overlooked."

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  1. The next time you are in a room and see someone getting assaulted you don't sit in the corner smiling because you were invited to the scene of the crime. You scream, shout, get help and stop the violence being done because it's being done to you ya friggin idiot.

    Posted by: Craven | Aug 22, 2012 7:53:25 AM


  2. The LCR would have applauded the Dred Scott decision too, you know because "it continued the debate" on slavery.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 22, 2012 7:57:23 AM


  3. What will it take to wake up the Log Cabin Republicans?

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 22, 2012 8:05:05 AM


  4. "Tony will never see his discrimination written into the United States constitution."

    I wish he's right, but I wonder what would happen if Romney is elected. After all how many states is it that have voted to deny marriage equality?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 22, 2012 8:09:27 AM


  5. Next, the Log Cabin Republicans will applaud the debate over whether Jesus should have been crucified, the debate of whether the Crusades were immoral, and the debate as to whether the Holocaust actually happened.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 22, 2012 8:09:44 AM


  6. Good God, give it up, LCR. You're NOT "Republicans" under the accepted definition of the party circa 2012. They don't like you, they don't accept you, they don't want you in their midst. Get real or stay inside their self-imposed Rethuggist closet. You're NOT making a difference inside their teensy- weensy, itty-bitty political tent!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Aug 22, 2012 8:24:32 AM


  7. Idiot. If Cooper seriously believes this "may be the last time a [GOP] platform will cater to the likes of the Family Research Council" he is delusional and needs to take a long, hard look at all the ultra conservative money pouring into the Republican party to support repressive policies aimed at our people, families and loved ones. The loggers are so eager to be lapdogs of the rich and powerful -- so happy in their grin and fetchit role -- they wouldn't know a viable, principled, ethical debate if it hit them in the face.

    Posted by: elangay | Aug 22, 2012 8:28:05 AM


  8. In the DC comics of my youth there was a place where everything was the opposite of itself - up was down, lies were truths, black was white. The Log Cabin Republicans live in Bizarro World!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Aug 22, 2012 8:46:08 AM


  9. Facepalmed my face so hard I knocked myself unconscious. NUFF SAID.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 22, 2012 8:53:27 AM


  10. How do these people get up in the morning? Certainly their bank accounts and upper class dwellings aren't enough to soothe the savage and profound disappointment at having to perpetually perform their Uncle Tom act to a room of uninterested people who loathe and pity them.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 22, 2012 9:02:19 AM


  11. HADENOUGHBS, I applaud your comment. They are only 'Republicans' in the sense that that is what they call themselves. But nobody else does. The operating Republican party calls them inferior, and we call them pathetic.

    The GOP platform makes clear what they think of the LCR.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 22, 2012 9:04:46 AM


  12. Yes, it will be shot lived because the Mitt won't get elected. Hey Cooper, you're in the party of Todd Akin and Joe Walsh, of Tony Perkin, Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, of Pat Robertson, Rick Perry, Donald Trump and Michelle Bachmann. You must go to bed every night so proud.

    Me, I'd keep a puke bucket by my bed.

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 22, 2012 9:15:11 AM


  13. Ah, Cleopatra, Queen of Denial...

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 22, 2012 9:21:55 AM


  14. I would like for Cooper and the LCRs to take a look at the Democratic platform, and then say how much of the Dems' LGBT positions they "appreciate".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Aug 22, 2012 9:29:35 AM


  15. Wow, why do you people care so much about a stupid platform? HELLO, NOBODY FOLLOWS IT. There's crazy sh*t written for both parties.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 10:13:41 AM


  16. The "house faggots" fail again.

    Posted by: Blake | Aug 22, 2012 10:40:26 AM


  17. @Anthony: The platform reflects the mainstream Republican positions on the issues so, yes, they do follow it. Not sure what crazy sh*t you're finding in the Dem platform? Equality?

    The LCR's would applaud anything the Republicans do no matter how anti-gay it is. That's why they're both irrelevant to the Republican party and irrelevant to sane gay people.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 22, 2012 10:41:06 AM


  18. What's the crazy sh*t in the other sides?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 10:43:03 AM


  19. Yes but there are Republicans who voted for repealing DADT and that was clearly against their platform. And Mitt Romney's positions are nowhere near as crazy. This platform stuff is just for crazy fringes to say "we still have a hold" when in reality they don't. Stop making a big deal over idiotic stuff and start fighting to pass the three initiatives legalizing same sex marriage in Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 10:46:52 AM


  20. And hey, look at it this way. If the U.S. goes to hell in a hand basket, which it looks like it is going to any day now, then there's always Canada! Nationwide same sex marriage and no religious crazies like here in the states.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 11:02:37 AM


  21. And hey, look at it this way. If the U.S. goes to hell in a hand basket, which it looks like it is going to any day now, then there's always Canada! Nationwide same sex marriage and no religious crazies like here in the states.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 11:02:38 AM


  22. And hey, look at it this way. If the U.S. goes to hell in a hand basket, which it looks like it is going to any day now, then there's always Canada! Nationwide same sex marriage and no religious crazies like here in the states.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 11:02:39 AM


  23. Whys it going to go to hell in a hand basket soon? You looking at it throught republican glasses?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 11:16:24 AM


  24. America is getting better and better; we just have douchebags that want to drag us back to the 19th century.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 22, 2012 11:26:42 AM


  25. Well the hopeful thing is that as the younger generation ages these crazies will continue to dwindle in number. I'm 21, so it's not like things will still be like this when I'm 40 or older.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 11:35:05 AM


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