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RNC Will Let Log Cabin Republicans Play With GOP Platform

LogCabinLogoFor the first time ever, the Log Cabin Republicans will have a hand in shaping the GOP's official platform. Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade reports that LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper and his team reached out to the Republican National Convention and asked if they can join the conservative group that will lay out the party's policy plans.

Now that four LCR members have been given the go-ahead, they're looking to first eradicate anti-gay language, but it may be an uphill battle.

"Just looking at the 2008 document, Log Cabin has gone through and we’ve noted language in there that’s either directly unhelpful, or seen as anti-gay, and have marked it for deletion," Cooper said. "We’ve also found language that could be strengthened to be more inclusive. That said, there’s going to be a completely new document. It’s not as if they’re taking the ’08 document and just updating it."

Cooper said the group has already identified language in the 2008 platform that it will push to remove in the 2012 document, including language related to marriage. Under the heading “Preserving Traditional Marriage,” the 2008 platform endorses the Federal Marriage Amendment and affirms passing same-sex marriage bans through state initiatives.

Cooper and company will have some stiff competition from social conservatives who have a longer and thicker relationship with the party at large, and the RNC makes no secret of its preference.

"The Log Cabin Republicans reached out to the RNC to share their ideas as well," said RNC spokesman Gary Howard. "Additionally, the Platform Staff hosted meetings with dozens of social conservative groups to emphasize the importance of keeping the GOP’s commitment to traditional marriage."

Jimmy LaSalvia, president of similarly conservative GOProud, is unimpressed by the LCR's collaboration with the RNC, which LaSalvia sees as pretty ineffectual.

"The truth of the matter is, the platform is a piece of paper," he said. LaSalvia "The platform conveys no rights and responsibilities, the platform does not have the force of law, and routinely the day after the platform is written candidates all over the country say they don’t agree with everything in the platform."

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  1. *massive eye-roll*

    LaSalvia went on to say "Remember when I was attacked by that gang of young blacks and then I pretended to reach for my gun and then they ran away?" to which everyone else said "shut up, queen."

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 9, 2012 10:33:00 AM

  2. The platform is pretty useless but does tend to set the tone for the party as a whole even if specific details are ignored. On that I'd say that GOProud is mistaken. I wish LCR the best of luck but foresee a huge letdown of their expectations this time around at least.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Aug 9, 2012 10:41:42 AM

  3. I love it when those two fight or disagree

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 9, 2012 10:45:25 AM

  4. So they don't get a place at the table, they just get to help put out the place settings and the silverware.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 9, 2012 10:46:43 AM

  5. I'm sure the Log Cabinettes will draft a provision for them to by Ciuck-fil-a lunches to everyone at the convention and serve thme, crawling on their hands and knees with lunch bags in their mouths.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 9, 2012 10:52:58 AM

  6. I'm sure Ms. Saliva will refrost her tips for the occasion. Them Republican women do take pride in their hair.

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Aug 9, 2012 10:53:18 AM

  7. I'll never understand people who so desperately want to be a part of a group which treats them like mangy dogs...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Aug 9, 2012 10:59:16 AM

  8. Oh no! The LCR and GOProud girls are bickering. Stop the cat scratching, kiss, and make up right this minute!

    So, LCR will mark up the platform, and the Republicans (all finger puppets of the social right wing) will laugh and laugh and laugh. Then there's GOProud who doesn't even give a flying f**k what's in the platform cause, hey, it's only their human dignity at stake, and aren't those special tax breaks for the über-rich more important?

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 9, 2012 11:04:45 AM

  9. You know- GOProud are jerks.... Why was LaSilvia even commenting? I thought he was demoted in his own organization. Chris Barron and himself had to step down after outing the self-hating homophobe queen that was Rick Perry's campaign advisor who allowed that "omg! Gays are in the military ad- eww!" ad. Breitbart resigned from GOProud and all their so called conservative "buddies" criticized them and forced Barron and LaSilvia to step down from leadership roles.

    I don't agree with all of Log Cabin's viewpoints, but at least they stand for full equality in the law for gay individuals and families-unlike GOProud, which has the distinction of dropping marriage equality advocacy from their platform, an action which Ann Coulter, who is never, ever offensive by the way, claimed she helped determine.

    Yep, that's GOPRoud- sticking up for us and never bending to homophobe or giving them cover by acting as their "gay friends."

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 9, 2012 11:08:37 AM

  10. How much fun.

    Almost as fantastic as the catholic caucus of the KKK

    Posted by: SteveC | Aug 9, 2012 11:24:12 AM

  11. I think the Log Cabin Republicans misunderstood...the Republicans are letting them DECORATE the platform the speakers will be standing on. You know, we gays are so artistic...

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 9, 2012 11:30:15 AM

  12. The only reason the GOP tolerates the LCR is that they can vote.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 9, 2012 11:38:52 AM

  13. If the Log Cabin Republicans think that Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Michele Bachmann, et al are going to let their party be hijacked to include equality or anything they suggest in the platform, they're more delusional than I thought.

    Posted by: Larry | Aug 9, 2012 12:09:08 PM

  14. As long as I live I will never understand anyone wanting to be a Log Cabin Republican.

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 9, 2012 12:09:31 PM

  15. Love to see the Log-Cabinettes and the GoProud Girls have a hissy fit! Um, girls, I wouldn't get my prissy girly-con hopes up that the RNC will change the platform's language to be more inclusive. The hints I am getting is that the platform is going to be so far to the right, it will end up two galaxies over.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 9, 2012 12:14:53 PM

  16. Poor Jimmy, didn't get an invite to the party? All the cool kids will be there, they're even letting the LCR carry stuff and then hang out in the bathroom.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Aug 9, 2012 12:47:37 PM

  17. Girls, don't fight, you're BOTH ugly!

    Though I have to say that of the two GOProud really is much worse. The LCR has on occasion refused to endorse a GOP candidate due to anti-gay statements or positions. Wrongheaded as I believe they are, they do seem to want to change the party from within.

    GOProud would endorse somebody who wants to put gays in a meat-grinder so long as they run as a Republican. I think they're just there to supply plausible deniability, so others can point to them and say, "See, our house f@gg@ts like that candidate so it's not that bad."

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 9, 2012 1:16:00 PM

  18. Girls, girls, don't fight. You're BOTH ugly!

    Though I have to say that of the two GOProud is worse. The LCR has refused to endorse candidates in the past over anti-gay statements and positions, whereas GOProud endorses them no matter what. I don't know what they are but they're not a gay group. Maybe a psy-ops campaign designed to give cover to rabidly anti-gay politicians so they can say, "See, we're not that bad because GOProud still loves us!" Yes well, GOProud would endorse Hitler if he ran with an R after his name.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 9, 2012 1:28:09 PM

  19. OOPS. Sorry. I thought the first one didn't post.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 9, 2012 1:28:45 PM

  20. Yo, purist Republicans! If you're unhappy with the weather-vane spinning of Mitt Romney and the GOP daring to "compromise," and you still want a fire-breathing social issues conservative, go vote for the Constitution Party--they're on the ballot in 40 states. You can still vote to outlaw gay marriage, end abortion, give the top 5% more tax cuts, trash the environment--knock yourselves out.

    Go, seriously. Tell your friends. Make a "statement." Split the Republican party in half. We Obama voters will be thrilled.

    Posted by: Dback | Aug 9, 2012 2:24:21 PM

  21. Has there ever been a Republican candidate who won a race and said, "I couldn't have done this without the Log Cabin Republicans?"

    Posted by: Robert K. | Aug 9, 2012 7:09:36 PM

  22. What does a Log Cabin republican remind me of? A Jewish Nazi. An African American KKK Member or a Dignity Catholic. All are trying to be members of clubs that abhor them. How very sad!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 9, 2012 10:21:17 PM

  23. @Kevin: that makes two of us. At least.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 9, 2012 10:51:36 PM

  24. @all the above posters
    The LRC are working hard to break down the barriers of hate that exist in factions that support the Republican Party. One day they will succeed and the anti-gay wing of the Party will be silenced. Real progress will then be made toward achieving gay marriage in this county. While you will have done nothing but cast aspersions on them while sitting comfortably in the camp of the enemies of America, who whisper sweet nothings into your ear while taking your money.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Aug 11, 2012 1:27:05 PM

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