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Log Cabin Republicans Take Out Full-Page Politico Ad Demanding GOP Stop Being So Anti-Gay


The Log Cabin Republicans took out a full-page ad in Politico today demanding the GOP widen its tent for LGBT Americans. The ad proclaims:

“Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be…”

“If the Republican Party wants to win future elections and set this country back on sound financial footing, it must put an end to its obsession with opposing equal rights for LGBT Americans. The GOP’s focus should be on bringing together existing members, reclaiming former Republicans, and attracting new voters. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, the freedom to marry is supported by 81 percent of adults younger than 30. If you don’t make the tent bigger, you might as well fold it up and go home.”

AngeloSaid LCR executive director Gregory Angelo:

Some Republicans just don’t get it. Despite widespread and growing public support for marriage equality and the need to focus on increasing our numbers in the wake of the crushing electoral defeats of 2012, an element of the GOP remains hell-bent on emphasizing exclusion over inclusion.

Make no mistake: as Log Cabin Republicans, we want to win elections, and if the Republican Party wants to do the same it needs to take a stand against anti-gay rhetoric in its ranks and welcome the increasing numbers of Republicans who support the freedom to marry. Our ad today in Politico should be a wake-up call to Republicans and a reminder of the words of President Reagan, who, in describing his ‘big tent’ conservative philosophy, declared, ‘It is not your duty, responsibility or privilege to tear down, or attempt to destroy, others in the tent.’ Let’s make the tent bigger. Let’s get the Republican Party back on a path to victory.

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  1. Just fold it up and go away. They'll never accept you just like they'll never accept Bush's failures.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 25, 2013 11:01:31 AM

  2. Sometimes bullies don't get the message until all the other kids stop playing with them.

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 25, 2013 11:05:58 AM

  3. The text of that advertisement is not very well worded...did an intern write this?

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Apr 25, 2013 11:07:03 AM

  4. Years ago at the rally after Pride, I stopped by the LCR booth to chat. They were obsessed with tax cuts and government conspiracies and all the other GOP talking points. I got the impression that they didn't care two straws about gay rights.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Apr 25, 2013 11:07:45 AM

  5. Nice try, boys. I know every Republican likes to invoke the name of Reagan but he and his administration were no paragons of gay-supportive virtue. It was his and his handlers' flirtation with the Moral Majority and others in the Christian Right that got this former Republican to switch party affiliation in 1980 and never look back. And don't get me started about the Reagan administration's silence and neglect during the early and darkest days of the AIDS crisis. Good luck getting today's Republican party to repent of their homo-hating ways but citing Reagan as an exemplary reason to do so is just plain wrong.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 25, 2013 11:08:05 AM

  6. BWAAAH HA HA HA HA!!!!!

    Ok, you do understand that even Saint Ronnie wasn't talking about "The Gays" (except for Nancy's besties maybe) when he talked about inclusiveness. Face it, as long as the religious reich is the core base of the GOP - and they spent the last couple decades making sure that was the case - they will never ever ever support gay rights in any form.

    Posted by: e.c. | Apr 25, 2013 11:13:38 AM

  7. Form a new party already.

    Posted by: Munro | Apr 25, 2013 11:17:59 AM

  8. They would have to undo the Buckley-Nixonian "Southern Strategy" used to such great effect to elect Reagan, Bush and Bush II first, and I don't see that happening. Essentially, we'd need a third national party.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 25, 2013 11:22:14 AM

  9. Didn't Reagan have a very anti gay record as Ca gov?

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 25, 2013 11:29:21 AM

  10. It's inevitable that the only way for the true Republicans to get the party back on track is to separate from the Religious Right. They have been allowed to completely decimate and ill advise what could have been a political party worth being a member of. The viewpoints of the right have carried the Republican party, as it stands, to the finish line.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Apr 25, 2013 11:30:39 AM

  11. The LCR doesn't get it either.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 25, 2013 11:54:07 AM

  12. Pack up the tent, throw it in the trunk and head for the hills. This is a horrible expensive ad...an image of two old white guys looking like losers.
    Since when was Ronald Reagan so supportive of LGBT citizens in the USA? 21,000 Americans had already died as a result of health issues related to AIDS before he even mentioned the word in public....and at that time a huge percentage of people with HIV/AIDS in the USA were gay men.
    I just don't get this obsession to be invited to the party when you are clearly not wanted.

    Posted by: excy | Apr 25, 2013 11:55:38 AM

  13. This country needs a serious libertarian party (not the Rand Paul/Ron Paul/Paul Ryan model, either). Republicans long ago became obsessed with social rules as others have noted already, and while they give lip service to fiscal restraint it's only when that restraint applies to programs that provide a social safety net while serving the interests of elites. If the people at LCR or GOProud had brains they'd throw their efforts into supporting a viable third party alternative.

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 25, 2013 11:59:59 AM

  14. P A T H E T I C

    you guys are not welcomed. I know you guys would love a boot up your ass, but please, do it with someone that likes you.

    Posted by: Monrocsol | Apr 25, 2013 12:04:54 PM

    Being a Log Cabin Republican is like being an African American Mormon! READ your history people! You are being played like a violin!

    Posted by: Kenny C | Apr 25, 2013 12:19:07 PM

  16. Saint Reagan did and said nothing about AIDS while thousands were dying. Any LGBT group that uses him positively in an ad is irrelevant to the community it pretends to represent.

    Posted by: mike | Apr 25, 2013 12:20:00 PM

  17. Their party loyalty is so touchingly naive. They're like dogs clinging to the master who beats them because he's the only master they know.

    Posted by: jomicur | Apr 25, 2013 12:26:03 PM

  18. You guys are hilarious. You remind me of "gay rights activists" who live in San Francisco, LA, DC, or NYC. Yeah, because that's where the heavy lifting is.

    One more time: exactly which year are you claiming as the watershed year for Democratic Party support and acceptance of gay people and gay rights issues? Come on, answer the question. It shouldn't be difficult if you are truly certain that the Democratic Party has been our best friend for, like (gum snapping) evah! What year? Come on, what year? Last year? Two years ago? Ten years ago? Surely you have an answer.

    In the House, 118 Democrats voted for Doma. Two voted "present" and 13 did not vote at all. To this you would counter with how many Republicans voted for it, but that's not really relevant to my question is it? When did the Democratic Party start supporting gay rights? Obviously, it wasn't 1996.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 25, 2013 12:29:07 PM

  19. LOVE US PLLEEEEEEASSE! is the tone I'm getting from this. Keep crying 'Stella!' boys, cause she ain't ever coming out for you.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Apr 25, 2013 12:30:15 PM

  20. Given the realities of politics and the constituency he appealed to in the 1960s-1980's it isn't likely Reagan could have done much about gay rights even if he wanted to. However, he DID oppose a California bill which would have made it legal to fire public school teaches simply for being gay. LCR recognizes that this was a LIBERAL position back in 1977 and rightly gives Reagan credit for holding it. No doubt Reagan influenced other conservatives and gay teachers in that state had safety from job discrimination.

    But my guess is that Log Cabin's real purpose is not to be a Republican equivalent of the gay groups that work within the Democratic party. It's goal is to provide respectability to heterosexual Republicans who want to make the party pro-gay or at least less homophobic. When I switched from anti-gay to pro-gay in my views,I was glad that there existed a Republican organization that supported equality and called on other Republicans to do the same. I never bothered with GOProud because they weren't liberal enough. Although I'm not sure it would be wise to wear an LCR pin at a meeting of social conservatives!

    Posted by: Mary | Apr 25, 2013 12:31:31 PM

  21. The Republicans need to dump the right-wing social conservatives if they want to survive. Right after the election it seemed like they were open to change...but now it seems like they are backtracking. They may be digging their own political graves...

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 25, 2013 12:31:33 PM

  22. "One more time: exactly which year are you claiming as the watershed year for Democratic Party support and acceptance of gay people and gay rights issues?"

    This administration. So, probably 2011, 2012... but even better 2013. Yeah, it's recent, but you are being dishonest if you are proposing that the Democrats have been more hostile to LGBT people than the GOP. Don't even try. No one buys that.

    Posted by: mike | Apr 25, 2013 12:40:08 PM

  23. I think that the real size and power of the evangelicals is over estimate both by the party and the nation. Yes, they are out there in force, but haven't we also been told that Iraq had the world's second largest standing army and that N Korea has some immense army? Meaningless statistics, because power isn't simply numbers, it's deployability.

    When the Mormons count their ranks, they include everyone who has ever set foot inside their church up to age 115 or something like that. In short, they lie. The same is true of Southern Baptists. If someone joined the First Baptist Church of Anniston at birth, they count him as a member even though he's now thirty and living in the Castro.

    The GOP panders to the religious right for the same reason that the DNC panders to black bible thumpers. Because the churches can generate turn out. The only reason the black churches support the Democrats and not the Republicans is because Democrats promise to maintain and expand welfare, social services, and housing assistance.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 25, 2013 12:41:07 PM

  24. Mike - I didn't say that the Democrats have been more hostile than the Republicans, but thanks for playing your DU game. My point, obvious to all but an idiot, is that it took work and years of putting up with anti-gay BS inside the DNC to get to where we are there. These idiots say, "The GOP is mean, so don't bother." That's because these people are dishonest. Their objection to the GOP isn't that it's hostile to gay people, their objection is that the GOP is for secure borders, immigration control, the Second Amendment and other issues.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 25, 2013 12:46:07 PM

  25. Even if repubs stopped being homophobic, their policies are still about helping rich people and corporations, and screwing the remaining 90%, the environment, non Americans, women...

    Evil and soulless

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 25, 2013 1:10:58 PM

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