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

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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. A repub once complained about Kerry to me because he didn't support marriage equality. Meanwhile bush wanted to amend the constitution against it. Truly delusional nonsensical fools

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Apr 25, 2013 1:14:11 PM


  2. My, ol' David Hagatha Hearne, you sound (read) so much like Rick today. My, my.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 25, 2013 1:18:53 PM


  3. The Reagan Revolution has been a disaster for this country (and others): pay less taxes but keep demanding civilized services. It's still voodoo economics.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 25, 2013 1:29:04 PM


  4. I would never be a member, but I somewhat admire the LCRs. I agree that they are associated with a party that is homophobic, but they are no where near as bad as GOProud.

    GOProud would more likely run an ad about why we should be ashamed to be gay.

    At least, the LCRs have come out in favor of gay marriage (though it took them long enough).

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Apr 25, 2013 1:31:23 PM


  5. Yes, PLEASE dry up and blow away. Or go get laid - there are plenty of closeted Republican senors who need a covert blowjob.

    And BTW, that pic of the guy looks like he's auditioning for the role of Mama Rose in "Gypsy".

    "I had a dream! A dream about Newt, baby!"

    Posted by: dommyluc | Apr 25, 2013 1:35:22 PM


  6. I don't know that they will ever get it. Oh well, c'est la vie, and a bottle of chabliss!

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 25, 2013 1:37:56 PM


  7. The tent has folded already. They are dead and never to come back. That's why they called it autopsy.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 25, 2013 2:35:16 PM


  8. May be Jesus will come back before they do.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 25, 2013 2:36:45 PM


  9. @David. Thanks for elevating the conversation and calling me an idiot. Regardless, you're wrong. The GOP is partly defined by its conservative social agenda, whether you like it or not. At worst the Democrats have been defined as fairweather friends. You can rattle off Bill Clinton's betrayals, but even with that, the scorecard is pretty clear. Any "idiot" can see that.

    Posted by: mike | Apr 25, 2013 5:06:21 PM


  10. Mike, that's what David does on this site all the time. His responses frequently feature calling other commenters "idiots." He's a troll, and has numerous aliases with which he uses to spew homophobic, misogynistic, anti-femme, racist and generally bigoted bs. Just ignore him. Don't feed the troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 25, 2013 5:39:59 PM


  11. Derrick - Keep flapping those coffee coolers and slap your greasy granny for me.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 25, 2013 7:32:27 PM


  12. Crock of sh!t. If that's how the LCR's feel, then they should just be Democrats. I'm tired of seeing all of these attempts to make the Republicans turn Democrat-lite. Doing that won't do anything but make them lose their identity and base, which will REALLY empower the Democrats, while groups like the Tea Party become stronger. If you're a Republican BE a Republican. If you don't like what's in the Republican platform (traditional marriage), then move along to that other political "tent."

    As far as "81%" goes...historically, young voters have been the least likely to get out to the polls. They only vote when they're forced to or feeling especially energized. It's the over 35 crowd who have always made it their business to vote every time...and the over 35 crowd is much more mixed on gays marrying.

    Furthermore, lets stop acting like the Democrats have gained a sizable lock on the country over Republicans. Obama didn't beat Romney in a landslide victory. It was very, very close and not all of his supporters were rich old white men who were 5 minutes away from death. He had young supporters, female supporters, poor supporters...and even gay supporters.

    That ad is both patronizing and silly, and in the end won't do nothing but make the greater Republican party take the LCR's even seriously than they did before. Again, if you want a Democratic style leadership, then vote Democrat.

    Posted by: XoMoDe | Apr 25, 2013 9:02:02 PM


  13. XoMoDe -Your post appears to rely on the belief that the only issue a gay person should care about is gay rights. At this point gay rights is near realization and more likely to be topped off by the courts than the legislatures. There are more pressing issues at the moment, most of which the Democratic Party has wrong, because the Democratic Party is currently being disproportionately influenced by so-called "progressives" and others in line with international socialists including most of the black Democrats.

    The security of the America border and population is more important than gay marriage.

    The invasion of America by 12 million illegal aliens is more important than gay marriage.

    The invasion of The West by Islam is more important than gay marriage.

    The Democratic politicians spending states like California into bankruptcy is more important than gay marriage.

    Preserving the right to keep and bear arms without infringement is more important than gay marriage.

    Stopping the endless and wasteful government nannyism is more important than gay marriage.

    For all the whining and kvetching about marriage discrimination, the simple truth is that most gay couples neither need it nor benefit from it. Ask any gay couple in business or anticipating a bankruptcy if they would be better off married, the answer would be "No."

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 25, 2013 10:14:19 PM


  14. Just "fold it up and go home". Buh-bye. HILLARY CLINTON for President in 2016!

    Posted by: Jim Brown | Apr 25, 2013 11:50:53 PM


  15. That's a lot of words, David, just to say "my bigotry is more important than you're bigotry".

    (Sorry Mateo... had to throw the troll one more biscuit)

    Posted by: mike | Apr 26, 2013 12:40:59 AM


  16. Mike - Show me where I have said something that is not true or STFU. Your post is without substance.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 26, 2013 12:43:53 AM


  17. David Hearne... not your blog... not your place who to tell to shut up. I get from your rant that you fear brown people more than gay rights and you resent gay people who don't. Cool. We can move on now. See you in a different thread. No doubt you'll have the last word here.

    Posted by: mike | Apr 26, 2013 1:59:16 AM


  18. Leave it to the LCR to always get it wrong.

    We've finally turned the wedge issue of gay rights around on the a-holes that used it against the dems to get Shrubby #2 re-elected, the party of hate is imploding upon itself and these nudnicks want to get in the way of all that. Braintrusts!

    Posted by: FFS | Apr 26, 2013 2:39:25 AM


  19. republicans don't need to separate themselves from religious right wing extremists, they simply need to ignore them and do what's right for voters. why? where else are religious zealots going to go?

    the mistake the republicans keep making are with their efforts to pander to a small, fringe group of religious nuts that need the republican party much more than the republican party needs the rhetoric.

    go ahead, form a third party, and the battle is over - the democrats win. it would be political suicide.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 26, 2013 6:19:22 AM


  20. So note that again Mike offers no substance. He simply calls me a racist and declares victory. Let me guess: You think Howard Zinn was "simply brilliant!"

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 26, 2013 9:36:35 AM


  21. Mike - As far as I can tell, the color of ones skin does not change when he becomes a legal resident. By the same token, he does not necessarily become an American patriot when he becomes a citizen as we recently saw in Boston. Funny then, that when I complain about illegal aliens which is a function of national origin not race, or when I complain about the invasion of Islam which is largely by caucasians, you make the leap to a racial accusation. And yet, I made no disparaging remarks about Puerto Ricans or Cubans or legal Mexican-immigrants, did I? Of course those are nationalities, not racial designations and surely you knew that as well.

    So Mike, you're pretty much just a whiny little liar, aren't you?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 26, 2013 9:53:16 AM


  22. The Log Cabin Republicans, ineffectual and cloutless since 1977, yet still pretending they matter.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 26, 2013 9:54:13 AM


  23. they would have been taken more seriously if they had placed a full page ad demanding the pope stop being so catholic ...

    Posted by: AdamTh | Apr 26, 2013 11:33:46 AM


  24. As long as Republicans seek the support of the Christian evangelicals....Log Cabin Republicans will only be tolerated during election time.
    The rest of the time they will be considered an abomination to God and a perversion of the "natural order"

    Repent! change your ways!

    Posted by: Brad Naksuthin | Apr 27, 2013 2:31:41 AM


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