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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."

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 23, 2012 10:28:54 PM

  2. Jewish Nazis+++++

    Posted by: RobWest | Oct 23, 2012 11:56:19 PM

  3. 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.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 24, 2012 1:20:23 AM

  4. 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.

    Posted by: Joe B. | Oct 24, 2012 1:41:09 AM

  5. this is moot. obama will win. these assimilationist fags just want to keep their money.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 24, 2012 5:00:33 AM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: Surely U Jest | Oct 24, 2012 8:07:26 AM

  7. 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?

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Oct 24, 2012 8:35:19 AM

  8. "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.

    Posted by: Rob Zeleniak | Oct 24, 2012 10:29:05 AM

  9. "Olsen has always been up front about being a Republican ... There is a major disconnect between his stated goal of marriage equality..."

    Agreed 100%, CALIBAN

    Posted by: Greta | Oct 24, 2012 1:07:01 PM

  10. 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?

    Posted by: epic | Oct 24, 2012 6:33:08 PM

  11. 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?

    Posted by: Tim Sullivan | Oct 25, 2012 2:32:08 AM

  12. 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.

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 4, 2012 11:58:59 PM

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