Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Mitt Romney for President

The Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed Mitt Romney for President.

CooperSaid Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper in an emailed announcement:

"The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole. Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today's economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney's vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity. On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents. No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney."

In the same release, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Congresswoman Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the first Republican to co-sponsor legislation to
repeal DOMA, and Prop 8 litigator Ted Olson, expressed their support for LCR's endorsement.

RoslehtinenSaid Ros-Lehtinen: "Our country is at a crossroad in its history, and the election of our next President will determine what course it will take. Our nation needs common sense solutions to fixing our economy and creating private sector jobs and Governor Romney will provide us with the strong leadership we need at this critical time. Governor Romney understands that businesses need less government regulation and lower taxes. Romney is the right man for our time. I am pleased that Log Cabin Republicans is endorsing Governor Romney. I know that all of us together will fight for equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation."

OlsonSaid Olson: "Like the Log Cabin Republicans, I am proud to support Governor Romney for president, and I am proud to be an advocate for the freedom to marry. This endorsement speaks to Log Cabin's principled belief in equality for all Americans, and the pragmatic recognition that our nation is in need of new leadership. Getting our fiscal house in order is more than an economic imperative – it's a moral imperative. Gay or straight, Americans deserve a president who will secure a future for our children that doesn't leave them buried in debt."


  1. Alex Parrish says

    Olsen and Ros-Lehtinen are people of accomplishment who have long been associated with right-wing politics and are entrenched in the Republican parties rhetoric. Despite their efforts at equality, which I respect and value highly, their concept of what is good for the US in general is flawed. Log Cabin, on the other hand is a group of self-hating closet-cases (who got lucky with one court case) and have a history of working against the LGBT community. I couldn’t care less whom they endorse. In fact, I couldn’t care less if I never hear of them again. They are irrelevant.

  2. AJ says

    Completely shameless. Not only did Bryan Fischer write their entire section on gay rights (You know, the SAME Bryan Fischer who just last week touted that old saw about how gays are responsible for the Holocaust) Mitt has jumped in bed with NOM and pledged to defend DOMA in court AND amend the US Constitution so we can’t get married. So these guys would be right there with us, stripped of rights, second class citizens, possibly heading to internment camps when America becomes a Xtian police state. But at least their MONEY will be safe. Is that how it goes with these self-hating types?

  3. Steve says

    Because Republicans are so great at managing finances. It’s mostly two decade-long wars and the Bush tax-cuts that crippled America. The economic downturn and the overall debt would have been far more manageable without those. There is nothing fiscally responsible about Republicans

  4. nn says

    Just a shame that their party platform, they have written In black and white that they want to take away rights that already existtoday for lgbt people and womans rights.

    My personal opinion is that that alone is reason not to vote for them, whether you’re gay, straigh,twoman,man, and if you have children

  5. Mikemike says

    That’s what kills me about Log Cabin Republicans. They’ve basically decided that their own civil rights are less important than the supposed better economic stewardship of the GOP. The problem is, it’s Republicans who have the worse record on debt and job creation.



    So these fools basically sublimate their personal rights in order to be worse off economically.

  6. ***** says

    Do they really believe that when they come for the queers, they will be ignored because they voted Republican? Do they think that a constitutional amendment making gays into second class citizens will not be applied to them? Failure to recognize how hated they really are is simply pathetic.

  7. Jonathan says

    How can anyone still buy into the myth of the fiscally responsible Republican? They took power in Michigan based on that lie and have only worked to screw over groups they despise (gays, women, teachers) while being just as fiscally irresponsible as ever.

  8. nn says

    I forgot to say that usually there is not anything wrong to be a Republican, but this party now is set with ekstreminisme in the core, in their policies and their written party platform. And that is two very different things

  9. Jonathan says

    I’d be more impressed with the “change from within” meme if LCR had some teeth in this announcement. “[We] will be that voice to President Mitt Romney” is not nearly as convincing as “We will be the LGBT conscience of President Mitt Romney.” If they could reliably claim that, they’d be agents of change within their party. As it is, they’re merely agents of their party, and their party is anti-gay to the core.

  10. Butch says

    Probably coming to this discussion a little late and maybe a little off topic, but does anyone know the actual membership number for Log Cabin and GOProud? It doesn’t seem like it can be that big.

  11. HadenoughBS says

    I’ve no more respect for the LCRs as I have for the GOProuds. Both organizations, IMHO, are anti-gay in the long run. We don’t need them in our struggle for civil rights.

  12. K in VA says

    “Pathetic” was the first word that came to mind.

    Backing a candidate who has sworn to work at writing you out of the U.S. Constitution is just the lowest level of pathetic I can imagine.

  13. Caliban says

    Olsen has always been up front about being a Republican but I can’t help but be a little disappointed. There is a major disconnect between his stated goal of marriage equality and his certain knowledge (because it’s obvious) of the kind of Supreme Court justices Romney would appoint.

    And it’s not like there is a really GOOD reason to endorse Mitt Romney, the actual candidate. There is nothing about him as a person or leader, no experience or quality, that says, “We really need that in the White House.” Nothing.

    So between partisanship and his supposedly core beliefs Olsen chose partisanship.

  14. Jack M says

    I just hope I never meet any of these bozos in person; they will get more than just a little piece of my mind. They are a disgrace to gay people everywhere.

  15. Gregoire says

    Bravo Log Cabins! Stand up for what you believe in and enjoy your existence as Republican second-class citizens. You will have the distinction of supporting a losing candidate while begging at the table of a dying party for a few scraps. I cannot envision anything more pathetic.

  16. Opinionated says

    Shouldn’t be the Log Cabin Libertarians? At least that party stands for true conservative values. The Republican parties version of “conservative” values includes the government in your bedroom, deregulating Wall Street, and once again increasing our defense budget unnecessarily so. They aren’t conservative, they are greedy, which means that the Logs have chosen greed over equality. At least pick a party that is truly conservative.

  17. Stefan says

    Core values should always trump political allegiances. Realistically, the chances of Mitt Romney turning around our economy are minimal. Indeed, the President’s hand in managing the economy is, I’d argue, far less significant than his hand in judicial appointments, agency head appointments, and executive branch policies. Gays and gay allies who vote for Romney are voting to certainly set back individual liberties in this country on the off chance the economy might improve. Wake up!

  18. rapture says

    Their pro-Romney and pro-GOP positions are absurd in the extreme. They were not permitted to speak, nor contribute to their party’s platform. Its not dissimilar from the bizarre incidents of Jews actually backing Hitler. It did happen. Humans are funny that way..

  19. jamal49 says

    R. Clarke Cooper, honey, maybe it’s time you pull your head out of your republicon ass and get real.

    The republicons have always mismanaged the economy. The republicons have always tried to sustain white mail privilege. The republicons have always tried to disempower working and middle class Americans. And, especially, republicons have ALWAYS disparaged, demeaned and through its evangelical storm-troopers, succeeded in denying LGBT Americans our civil liberties as guaranteed by the Constitution.

    In fact, R., honey, the republicons have this thing against the Constitution. It’s just too damned liberal so republicons have to kick, cry, scream, wet themselves to keep any good, decent legislation from getting passed that will help those icky working- and middle-class Americans you disdain and despise, and to constantly appoint narrow-minded, mentally-unbalanced, bigoted and unqualified men to federal courts.

    R. Clarke Cooper, you are a vile cretin, an absolute disgusting and immoral person. You disgrace yourself and gay people everywhere by your constant ass-licking of your republicon masters.

    I hope you enjoy what you’ve got now, R., honey, because once Mittens gets in the White House, you can bet that your republicon masters and their evangie-fundie fascists are going to hunt your gay ass down and kick you to the curb and then into the basement, where they will firmly shut the door, lock it tight and throw away the key.

  20. Mike in nyc says

    Yes in addition to Mitt considering Gays second class citizens,
    Uncle Tom Cabin GOP wants a return to Bush Era economic policy.
    That worked out so well last time.

    As a side note: why are these self haters always ugly white guys?
    Can’t they at least find one attractive self loathing guy for their
    photo ops???

  21. says

    ladies and gentlemen, this is the power of anti-gay prejudice. LOOK at what it reduces a human being to.

    these aren’t young at-risk teens in tiny little towns, terrified of being thrown out of their homes. these are grown-adults, mostly men and MOSTLY white, white money and privilege at their disposal who are STILL terrified of losing the favor of their Right-Leaning families, so they’re gonna neuter themselves and hope it buys them another day of tolerance.

    pity them for all the joys they’ll never know.

  22. Rick says

    Totally predictable hysteria in these comments, evidence of why so many gay people turn off to activists and vote for Republicans (Romney will probably get more than 35% of the votes of gay men).

    “Self-hating, self-loathing, Uncle Toms, slaves, Jewish Nazis…..”, all because they are supporting a candidate who is opposed to gay marriage, the EXACT SAME POSITION that Barack Obama ran on 4 years ago and the exact same position he had until a few months ago and the exact same position that Hillary Clinton still does have.

    I don’t want Romney to win, but I swear it would almost be worth it to see him win and to see data that indicated the votes of gay men put him over the top in several key swing states……just to see all of your Far Left extremist hysterical woman-like heads explode.

  23. Rick says

    Did you all notice how I pretended that the only difference between Obama and Romney and McCain was “Marriage”? Did you notice how I intentionally had to avoid the factual realities that it’s about much more than marriage? That’s because I’m a complete wimp who is not Out and doesn’t have the balls to ever do it.

    But don’t worry. One day soon enough I’ll die, and I’ll finally make my family proud.

  24. Dana says

    Double fail from LCR. First, they endorse Romney, even though Romney failed to meet their already low standards. Second, they use the ridiculous term “LGBT Americans.” There is no such thing as LGBT.

  25. Matt says

    Without a doubt, I am confused (at best) by this announcement. However, I am unsure whether this group is actually relevant in any way.

    As for Rick (“Totally predictable hysteria…”) I suppose he is trying to urge us to oppose homophobia regardless of its source–RNC or DNC. That, I guess, is admirable, but his post contains some errors. For example, Obama’s positions on marriage equality/homophobia 4 years ago are not equivalent to Romney’s now or last time. For instance, Obama opposed Proposition 8, and he has never ever supported anti-gay marriage amendments at either the state or federal level.

    Perhaps it is worth remembering that Romney repeatedly boasted about using a segregation-era law to prevent Massachusetts from becoming “the Las Vegas of gay marriage.”

    In any event, it sounds like Rick concurs that a second term for Obama is the best realistic outcome for the upcoming elections.

  26. simon says

    Why endorsing someone who doesn’t even want it. Mitt certainly won’t tout the endorsement on his web site. It would be interesting if Mitt’s campaign rejects the endorsement and tell them to f**k off.

  27. parkrunner says

    Listen — strange men lying in bushes distributing advice is no basis for your choice in Presidents. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not some delusional maniac!

  28. MateoM says

    Matt, all Rick is trying to do is troll. He’s not here to make a point. He just wants to incite a comment war because he gets a kick out of it. That’s what pathetic trolls do.

  29. Randy says

    I assume Olsen is doing this primarily to maintain his conservative credentials.

    He’s a smart guy, and there’s no way he can believe Romney or Ryan are remotely capable of being president, regardless of what he thinks of their policies.

  30. Eddie says

    Four years ago, the economy was going over a cliff. Lehman Bros and AIG collapsed and banks needed the government to bail them out. It’s improving very slowly but according to these idiots going back to the Bush practices of deregulation and corporate tax cuts is the way to bring prosperity.

    Save me a place on the bread and soup line if Romney gets elected.

  31. Louis says

    Dear Log Cabin Members,

    You have lost all credibility with anyone in the LGBT community with endorsement of Mitt Romney. I was a an OUT Republican for 30 years serving President Ford, Governor Bob Ray of Iowa, Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa, The Iowa Republican Party, The California Republican Party (2X — once on staff, once as a member), Congressman Tom Campbell of California AND as Log Cabin Member in three States.

    Your bizarre endorsement of Romney will only further your isolation within the LGBT community. I know the routine, try and tie LGBT votes to the extreme elements of MY new Party. The Democrats. But that would be foolhardy given that anyone that can read only has to peruse each partys platform regarding LGBT rights to know that the DEMOCRATS are the party of equality.

    And with that, all will know that Log Cabin is but a tool to further inequality.


    Louis Bonsignore
    Soquel, CA

  32. "The Gay" says

    I wouldn’t expect a Republican to endorse Obama, so why is this news, and why does anybody even care ?

    Honestly, I’m embarrassed for most Republicans nowadays, they have very little viable leadership and even less coherence; as a group they’ve squandered so many opportunities…

  33. says

    Romney supports a constitutional amendment to undo all the legal marriages of gay couples, he will defend DOMA in court, and he doesn’t even support CU’s, so, no, his position is not the “exact same” as Obama’s 4 years ago or any mainstream Democrat’s now.

    And the LCR’s have no stature, no clout, and no importance inside or outside the Republican Party so who they endorse–surprise, another anti-gay Republican–means diddly squat.

  34. Mary says

    I don’t blame the people here for viewing LCRs as sell-outs. But as a straight woman who supports the gay community, I’m glad that LCR exists. I joined it this year when I decided to support full equality for the LGBT community. It is important that groups like LCR exist to show that one can be pro-gay AND Republican at the same time. Pro-gay Republicans are in a different situation than pro-gay Democrats. They are working against their party’s majority, and so don’t have any leverage yet. In time, more Republicans will favor LCR-type policies and the anti-gay segment of the Republican party will either give up or switch sides (or at least SAY that they do!. Since the country as a whole seems to be moving to the Left on gay issues, there’s no reason why LCR can’t be patient in terms of the marriage equality issue. Refusing to endorse Romney would set back the long-term goal of validating gay Republicans and their allies.

  35. andrew says

    It is really a disgrace that some people who are regular posters on this site dishonestly post comments in the name of others with whom they disagree, in order to make them look crazy or foolish. Little Kiwi is the main offender in this dishonest practice.

  36. says

    I just noticed that this guy has like 500 fewer Twitter followers than me. He’s the head of a national political organization and he only has 792 followers?

    Not too worried about the influence of R. Clarke Cooper, I guess.

  37. Surely U Jest says

    A poster on another site summed it up so well, that it bears repeating:

    “Don’t worry Log Cabin Republicans, the rest of us will continue to fight for equal rights and you’ll still get to benefit from all of that work, just as you’ve been doing from the beginning, and still lick the boots of these conservatives who will never like you.”

    It is mind-boggling that the LCR Board would squander the goodwill they created in their fight to repeal DADT by eschewing integrity for conservative demagoguery. As a gay advocacy organization LCR has been measured, weighed and clearly found wanting.

  38. DC Arnold says

    Not satisfied with being lapdogs, the logsuckers and GOPissyourselves want to also help finish looting the Treasury W started. Ever notice how the Repugs drive the economy into the ditch and the Democrats have to save the day when it’s all said and done?

  39. Rob Zeleniak says

    “Mitt Romney is not Rick Santorum, and Paul Ryan is not Michele Bachmann.” They are correct. They are worse because they aren’t honest about their position. Log Cabin Republicans E. D. Clark Cooper seems to believe it’s more important to vote along party lines rather than LGBT interests. Begging for crumbs of support from Romney like an “end to workplace discrimination” aspires to a rather low bar since most companies, communities and states already have nondiscrimination regulations in place. The Romney Ryan record is abysmal regarding LGBT civil rights issues. The LCR has become a useless organization with no effective leadership. Good luck trying to maintain the membership and financial support to a group that has clearly lost it’s relevance. Time for Cooper to resign.

  40. epic says

    dear mary please stop trying to help, you are doing it wrong…we were treading water just fine til you came along and held our head under the water…is that you Ann Coulter?

  41. Tim Sullivan says

    What a sad bunch. Log Cabin Republicans looking to gain acceptance from those who hate them.
    They’re masochists looking for more rejection. What happened to pride?

  42. Mary says

    Jeez, first people think I’m Maggie Gallagher, now I’m accused of being Ann Coulter. Both are fine writers, so I’m flattered. But there will be major trouble if anyone accuses me of being Sarah Palin. Believe it or not, I’d sooner be Little Kiwi than her!

    Getting back on topic,though, not every gay rights group has to operate according to the same strategy. It is natural that most people would favor an “equality now no matter what” stand. But that’s not practical right now within Republican circles. Validating the existence of gay Republicans is mainly what LCR can achieve now. That’s a worthy goal that will pay off long-term.

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