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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who proposed inclusion of pro-equality language in the 2012 Republican Party platform, the final document is marred by outdated social conservative ideology.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. that's embarrassing, for them.

    "look at what a great job we're doing! we're in THE SAME ROOM as the people who hate us, and utterly failed (as usual) with changing their hearts and minds vis simple logic!"

    more than ever it's clear that Gay Republicans are the reason Republicans don't support LGBT Equality. After all, these are the "gay people" that they claim to know. Y'know, their "gay friends" that they always claim to have to make it seem like they're not total bigot @ssh0les. So, this is why the GOP doesn't support actual Equality - the Gay Representatives within the GOP are so f***ing pathetic and undeserving of it that they don't convince anyone that we're beings of worth and dignity.

    they're the definition of insane. doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 22, 2012 11:37:03 AM

  2. Plus with more gay people coming out and more national exposure via technology and what not, equality may arrive sooner rather than later.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 11:37:42 AM

  3. That's what you meant by hell In a hand basket?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 11:41:56 AM

  4. @GEORGEM, I'm talking about a scenario like another civil war between the crazies in the south and the rest of America.

    Posted by: Anthony | Aug 22, 2012 11:44:57 AM

  5. I can see that

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 12:02:19 PM

  6. These men & women are perfect examples of self-haters. They hate themselves so much that they can only function in an environment where others feel that same hate. They don't really want to be accepted, so they continue to keep themselves surround by those who hate them. I know a few and beleive me they are not all there. Some are even in years long relationships but do not acknowledge it outside of their few safe friends.

    Posted by: Vic C | Aug 22, 2012 12:07:28 PM

  7. Thank you, Log Cabin Republicans, for having the intelligence and foresight to understand that the way you change people is to engage them and find common ground with them.....and for understanding that if the gay movement becomes nothing but a subsidiary of the Far Left, no more progress will be seen and much of the US population will be permanently alienated from us.

    Thank you for having the maturity and the class to present yourselves to the general public as mainstream individuals, so superior in every way to the kind of adolescent outbursts that one sees, for example, in this thread from the street trash who posted it, street trash who nobody listens to, respects, or cares about.....the same kind of street trash that sets us back repeatedly with their disgusting and vile public behavior.

    Progress IS, in fact, being made, thanks to you, and as a consequence, in the near future, homophobia will no longer be the norm in either political party and those who try to make it the norm will have nowhere to turn....and this progress is being made despite the obnoxiousness of the lackeys of the Far Left, who have done everything humanly possible to embarrass the gay community in every way possible.

    Great job. Thanks again for all your tireless efforts.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 22, 2012 2:19:50 PM

  8. P.S. Can you speed it up? I'm conservative and still completely closeted and in my mid-50s. I've never been tongue-kissed by anyone outside of my immediate family and I'd like to at least live one day as an openly-gay man before I finally make them proud and just die.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 22, 2012 2:32:25 PM

  9. Can we PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, not grant any additional coverage to this freaky minority groups, GOProud, Log Cabinettes, etc.

    Their self-loathing is sad. They're like Jews who'd vote for Hitler because, apart from one issue, they like his politics.

    I don't care what they say. I don't care who they endorse. And covering their choices gives them more attention and legitimizes their voice.

    Posted by: dms | Aug 22, 2012 3:19:39 PM

  10. @Anthony: How are Mitt's positions not as crazy as the platform? The Republican platform is pure mainstream 2012 party positions, not the fringe positions.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 22, 2012 4:07:42 PM

  11. Fake Rick: never stop. You're doing us all a great service.

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 22, 2012 4:36:31 PM

  12. I say this a straight male who generally votes Democratic: folks, for the love of whatever deity you believe in, GET OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. PLEASE. THEY HATE YOU FOR SIMPLY EXISTING.

    Caucus with the Libertarians. Start your own party. Just stop supporting this homophobic collection of religious freaks who want to re-write the Constitution to discriminate against gay people.

    I don't see how any rational gay person can call themselves Republican, look at that hideous platform, and still support the GOP. It's genuinely upsetting.

    Posted by: mattand | Aug 22, 2012 6:37:01 PM

  13. God Ricks a typical kiss ass

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 6:39:32 PM

  14. Thanks for going to the meeting LCR, you have a lot of work to do and a lot of deals to make. Maybe next time big guy

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 6:42:09 PM

  15. Just remember that Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage - WHILE ROMNEY WAS GOVERNOR.

    Posted by: Tre | Aug 22, 2012 7:11:34 PM

  16. Tre what's your point
    The courts ordered it romney tried to stop it
    He didn't want it

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 22, 2012 7:23:27 PM

  17. @GEORGEM:
    TRE's point is like:
    Sodomy law in Texas was struck down in 2003 by the Supreme Court when G.W. Bush was president.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 22, 2012 7:38:01 PM

  18. This just again confirms (for the billionth time: Gay Republican is an oxymoron.

    Posted by: Tarc | Aug 22, 2012 7:41:51 PM

  19. The only way we can be sure that Tony Perkins discrimination won't be written into the Constitution is to re-elect Barack Obama. Clarke Cooper can wish and hope and pontificate all he wants, but he can't offer a single documentable assurance that republicans can deliver on that promise. LCR is spinning and selling a whole lot of nothing. Sorry Clarke, but you can't live on those DADT laurels forever.

    Posted by: I'm Just Sayin' | Aug 22, 2012 8:49:23 PM

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