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Log Cabin Republicans: GOP Platform Is 'Ugly And Harmful'


The Log Cabin Republicans believed their presence at this year's GOP national convention would help move their party toward equality. They, as many predicted, were wrong, because the Republican platform is just as discriminatory and hateful as ever.

"The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage," reads the party manifesto. "It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Now that their dreams have been dashed, Log Cabin leaders are lashing out at the GOP for its completely unsurprising bigotry. "The platform is ugly and harmful," the group's director of programs, Casey Pick, told NPR.

Pick also says that social conservatives' tenacious commitment to discrimination was only bolstered by her and her colleagues' involvement. "We lost," Pick said. "And you could say the social conservatives in our party dropped the hammer harder because we were there."

Or you could say that LCR were on a quixotic mission to nowhere.

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  1. I imagine that the LCR's were not really expecting to turn the party pro-gay this year. But the fact that they exist and that they were listened to at all is something. Change of the type they want doesn't happen in one or two election cycles. I don't speak for LCR and haven't met any of its leaders (or members - just joined over two months ago) but I imagine they're aiming for long-term success, which doesn't always manifest itself in small yet visible increments. JMHO.

    Posted by: Mary | Aug 30, 2012 8:13:50 AM

  2. A. Belonsky - the word quixotic was never better used.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 30, 2012 8:17:15 AM

  3. Looks like the 20 watt lightbulb finally went on. Next they'll be surprised and outraged that the rest of the gay community thinks they're total idiots. Oh well, one small step at a time, I guess.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 30, 2012 8:24:28 AM

  4. "Quixotic mission to nowhere"? While it doesn't seem like progress, I bet a lot of people though gay rights at all in the 1970s was a "quixotic mission to nowhere" that was mocked and derided.

    You have to start somewhere.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 30, 2012 8:35:48 AM

  5. "And you could say the social conservatives in our party dropped the hammer harder because we were there."

    So, LCR, it seems that your presence does more harm than good… WAKE UP!

    Posted by: Mona | Aug 30, 2012 8:38:48 AM

  6. Why doesn't a Log Cabin Republican run for President? Or at the very least, start a grassroots write-in campaign? That way, they don't have to give their votes to a bigoted party candidate. It'll be less votes for Romney, so it helps out us Democrats as well. It's a win-win.

    Posted by: finkles2000 | Aug 30, 2012 8:47:03 AM

  7. Dude, face it. They just aren't into you.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Aug 30, 2012 8:55:07 AM

  8. And they are surprised? Did they get the message that they are NOT wanted in the GOP? Sadly, I doubt it. They'll sit there and look shocked the next time the repugs slap them again. And still, they'll sit there... and still they'll be surprised. It's not as if they haven't been warned this would happen. I say, it serves them right! damn grubs!

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Aug 30, 2012 9:07:25 AM

  9. At least they're being honest for once. (Usually they're so busy perpetuating the myth that the Republican party is becoming more gay-friendly that they can't see their own ridiculousness.) They failed. Just as they have for years now. And, if anything, their lobbying efforts made the anti-gay Republican party dig its heels deeper into homophobia. So, they're actually having a negative effect, particularly since they often go right ahead and support the very candidates who hate them.

    Gay groups who support anti-gay candidates over pro-gay ones get respect from no one.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 30, 2012 9:11:35 AM

  10. Andrew - did you even *read* this NPR article? Far from their dreams being "dashed," the LCRs think they are winning. I completely understand wanting to show LCRs in a bad light, but you misrepresented this article and that does a disservice to your readers. This kind of journalism is worth of Fox - lacking in integrity. You can do better.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 30, 2012 9:13:00 AM

  11. *worthy. Apparently my typing is worthy of Fox, too.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 30, 2012 9:13:55 AM

  12. I guess the Log Cabin Republicans are just slow learners.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 30, 2012 9:16:36 AM

  13. yet, the GoProuders were having a victory lunch at Chik Fil-A...

    Posted by: doug | Aug 30, 2012 9:17:27 AM

  14. Log Cabin Repubs really are a dim bunch. Seriously...you just realized that your party hates your guts ???

    Posted by: paul | Aug 30, 2012 9:22:07 AM

  15. Wow, that LCR logo is one of the gayest things I've ever seen, and so ugly that I hope it wasn't designed by someone gay.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 30, 2012 9:33:13 AM

  16. So switch parties. It's a no brainer. Idiots.

    Posted by: sweetdog | Aug 30, 2012 9:34:33 AM

  17. Conservative (i.e. Republican) gays are not crazy. In fact, their day is coming.

    As gay rights are gradually accepted by the American mainstream, the Log Cabin Republicans will come into their own. Frankly, the Democratic Party seems to be the natural home of gays for a specific reason. Cultural outsiders always attach to the social left. Once gays cease to be outsiders, their natural affinity to the Democratic Party will quickly evaporate.

    Posted by: ernstroehm's ghost | Aug 30, 2012 9:34:47 AM

  18. So are they going to stay for the rest of the convention?

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 30, 2012 9:37:50 AM

  19. I think the LCR properly look to a long-term strategy. I think they also see that accommodating the Republican party is a partial strategy -- go along to get along in the short term. Psychologically, they are correct: the fact that they were asked to participate in the creation of the platform is big: it gave conservative Republicans an opportunity to recognize both the humanity of gay people and the fact that they share common values and goals outside of marriage equality. We know that visibility and personal contact are our strongest weapons, and these have been deployed in the heart of conservative Republicanstan.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Aug 30, 2012 9:41:21 AM

  20. I don't have a problem with a group like LCR existing to represent the point that the underlying core of conservatism *should* promote gay equality. It's a necessary counterpoint to the Evangelical hijacking of the party. But when LCR actively supports voting for anti-gay candidates, then they become a joke. They need to pressure the GOP at every turn and make it very uncomfortable and very politically untenable for that party to be anti-gay. If they want long term change, they will need to be as aggressive in their pro-equality message as people like Tony Perkins are in their rabble-rousing. Take a page from the candidacies of Ron Paul, Ross Perot, and others. Field a strong gay-positive candidate. DO SOMETHING VISIBLE. Unfortunately I tried joining LCR and similar groups in college, and even for someone into the idea of "change from within" I found them mind-numbingly frustrating.

    Posted by: Stefan | Aug 30, 2012 9:51:34 AM

  21. You're right @BRIAN: the NPR piece shows that the LCR's are as delusional as ever, seeing their beloved party (an unrequited love, alas) through the same rose-colored glasses that have prevented them from having any influence among their homophobic political pals year after year. No wonder the Republican party sees them as fools.

    @ERNSTROEHM'S GHOST: Unfortunately, there is no evidence their day is coming in the mainstream Republican party. It is more anti-gay than ever. Anyone holding their breath for acceptance among Republicans will quickly turn blue. The Democratic party is a natural home to gay people because all pro-gay legislation has been the result of a Democratic majority.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 30, 2012 9:52:34 AM

  22. You know, you can change the party. LCR are not the only ones fed up with the lowest common denominator ruling the GOP. The GOP could be a viable party and a lot of republicans know that. If the LCR is serious (they aren't) they should start to find the other GOP groups that want a return to sanity and start a movement to change the party.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 30, 2012 9:55:51 AM

  23. Let's start calling the republican party what they really are: THE AMERICAN TALIBAN PARTY

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 30, 2012 9:58:07 AM

  24. It's like a gay guy making a pass at a guy who is 100% straight.
    There is the remote chance that something might happen, but
    much more likely that you will just be ignored. And you run the
    risk of getting punched in the nose.

    ChrisQ has it right: They're just not that into you.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Aug 30, 2012 10:06:04 AM

  25. LCR; A little late to the Party, So to speak.

    Posted by: The Realist | Aug 30, 2012 10:06:12 AM

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