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Former Log Cabin Head Happy Gay People Are So 'Visible' In GOP

PelephantIn a piece about the relatively friendly treatment gay groups like GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans received at this year's Republican National Convention, an event traditionally hostile to LGBT people, CNN spoke to former LCR executive director Bob Kabel.

According to Kabel, the GOP will soon evolve to keep up with the times. When that evolution will take place, however, is anyone's guess.

Bob Kabel says the evolution of the roles that openly gay people play at the convention -- and in the party itself -- has been remarkable. Kabel was the chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans from 1993 to 1999. He went on to be elected the first openly gay person in the nation to chair a state Republican Party, in the District of Columbia.

Early on, he says, he felt forced to stand up at a public meeting and shame the Republican National Convention chair into an official meeting with Log Cabin.

"The current RNC leadership has been much better. They've been great," Kabel said. "We feel so much more welcome, and the voices of the Tony Perkinses in the party will be drowned out as more young people come into the party. This is not a negative issue for young people in our party. And we are more visible than ever."

We're certainly visible in the GOP platform, which vows to fight for a constitutional amendment discriminating against same-sex couples. Is being seen as a problem worth being seen at all?


Flashback To 2002 Speech Revisits 'Socially Moderate' Romney

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During his speech at the Republican National Convention last night, Mitt Romney tried yet again to prove to his party's most conservative voters that he's one of them. As part of that mission, he spent a considerable time discussing his parents, though mostly glossed over both of their political achievements: Romney's father was Michigan's governor and mother Lenore tried to run for that state's U.S. Senate seat.

Their political story may not have gotten big play last night, but Jeremy at Good As You reminds us that Romney's parents were instrumental in his 2002 gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts. The following excerpt comes from a speech he gave that year, and the remarks bear little resemblance to the politics Romney has been touting this campaign:

Like [my parents], I am fiscal conservative and a social moderate.

Believing in people is fighting prejudice and bigotry where ever it exists, while extending an open hand to each other, regardless of color, faith, or lifestyle.
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Believing in people is protecting their freedom to make their own life choices, even if their choice is different than yours. Accordingly, I respect and will fully protect a woman’s right to choose. That choice is a deeply personal one, and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government’s.

My position has not changed. The truth is there is no candidate in this race from either party who would deny the women of our state abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and put to rest these cynical and divisive attacks made simply for political gain.

If only the same could be said for this year's presidential race.


Stonewall Democrats: GOP Have 'Most Reactionary Anti-LGBT Platform'

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GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia had only nice things to say about Mitt Romney's RNC speech last night.

After watching the Republican Party's nominee address the crowd in Tampa, LaSalvia told The Washington Blade, "Tonight, [Romney] reminded us of exactly why this endorsement was such an easy one for our organization."

"Simply put, Mitt Romney has the experience and vision necessary to lead our country, especially in these difficult economic times," he said.

Jerame Davis, the National Stonewall Democrats' executive director, naturally had quite a different take, telling the paper that Romney and Ryan represent the "most reactionary anti-LGBT platform in politics".

"Mitt Romney’s speech capped a bizarre and meandering GOP convention with shallow references to ‘defending’ or ‘honoring” marriage,” he said.

What they’re not saying in primetime is that this Romney-Ryan ticket comes with the most reactionary anti-LGBT platform in politics. Gay Republicans had to admit defeat in their attempts to moderate the GOP at this year’s convention; Democrats, however, have the most pro-LGBT platform and presidential candidate in histor.

For those unfamiliar with Romney's discriminatory politics, HRC yesterday published a handy reference.

Anti-LGBT rhetoric was also seen in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's introduction to Romney. In his remarks, Rubio declared, "We’re bound together by common values. That family is the most important institution in society. That almighty God is the source of all we have.” That sounds a lot like what Paul Ryan said in his own speech.

Watch Rubio's appearance AFTER THE JUMP.

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Jon Stewart Picks Apart 'Dreamy' Paul Ryan's RNC Speech: VIDEO

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The Daily Show host Jon Stewart had some fun both swooning over GOP veep nominee Paul Ryan's deep blue eyes and absolutely eviscerating him for the many, many falsehoods he included in his RNC speech this week, like the claim that Obama is "gutting" Medicare when Paul Ryan's budget plan takes the same exact steps.

Watch Stewart do his thing as only Stewart knows how AFTER THE JUMP.

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Mary J. Blige, James Taylor and Marc Anthony Set For DNC

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With the Republican National Convention wrapped up and Mitt Romney now that party's official nominee, the Democratic Party is prepping for their own confab and today announced that Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind and Fire as well as the Foo Fighters will be performing the night President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden officially start their reelection campaign.

Blige is a favorite of the Obama administration's: she appeared at the 2009 inauguration and at a White House holiday event. James Taylor, Inspire the Fire, Marc Anthony and the folk rockers from Delta Rae will also perform at the Charlotte event starting next week.

Los Angeles MayoR Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the event, said the musical talent "only adds to the excitement building in Charlotte for the historic week ahead of us."

"The tens of thousands who will attend convention events in person, and all those tuning in across the country, should be ready for quite a show," he said.


Mitt Romney Claims He'll 'Restore America's Promise' At RNC: VIDEO

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Mitt Romney put his best face forward when he officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Hoping to warm over potentially chilly voters, Romney spent a chunk of his allotted time covering his biography, including his father's journey from Mexico to America, starting Bain Capital, a political thorn he presented as a small business success story, and raising his five sons with wife Ann, all with more emotional display than we've seen from the former governor.

Romney of course spent plenty of time contrasting himself with President Obama, a commander-in-chief Romney says "has disappointed America" and whose reelection campaign is about "attacking success." The GOP candidate urged voters to "put the disappointments of the last four year" and "look ahead to what can be." It wasn't all sunshine and deligh, though. Romney made sure to say he'll turn back the clock on equality, telling the crowd "I'll honor the institution of marriage" and warning that e"very American is less secure today
because [Obama] has failed to slow Iran's nuclear threat."

"Now is the time to restore the promise of America" and two other variants provided the most optimistic parts of the speech, which ended after about 45 minutes with Romney's wife, sons and grandchildren and other family members joining him on stage. A wave of balloons soon followed.

Watch it all, AFTER THE JUMP.

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