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Log Cabin Republicans endorse Mitt Romney for president

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Log Cabin Republicans on Tuesday announced their endorsement of GOP nominee Mitt Romney for President, despite the candidate’s opposition to LGBT equality.

“The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper.

The Log Cabin Republicans, which bills itself as “the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans,” said in its endorsement:

If LGBT issues are a voter’s highest or only priority, then Governor Romney may not be that voter’s choice. However, Log Cabin Republicans is an organization representing multifaceted individuals with diverse priorities.

Having closely reviewed the candidate’s history and observed the campaign, we believe Governor Romney will make cutting spending and job creation his priorities, and, as his record as Governor of Massachusetts suggests, will not waste his precious time in office with legislative attacks on LGBT Americans.

We are confident that there will be no retreat from the significant gains we’ve made in recent years, most importantly on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” With regard to the LGBT issue most likely to reach the president’s desk and most vital to many in our community today – workplace nondiscrimination – we are persuaded that we can work with a Romney administration to achieve a desirable outcome.

And for those people who point fearfully to potential vacancies on the United States Supreme Court, we offer a reminder: five of the eight federal court rulings against DOMA were written by Republican-appointed judges. Mitt Romney is not Rick Santorum, and Paul Ryan is not Michele Bachmann. Otherwise, our decision would have been different.

As a presidential candidate, Romeny has previously signed a pledge from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) committing himself to backing a Federal Marriage Amendment, defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, appoint Supreme Court Justices who would also stand against equal rights for gays and lesbians, and establish a commission on “religious liberty” to investigate the alleged harassment of same-sex marriage supporters. The NOM has also endorsed Romney.

Last week, Romney adviser Bay Buchanan told Buzzfeed that “Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children.”

During a recent interview with Focus on the Family president Jim Daly, his vice-presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, reassured the anti-gay group that a Romney-Ryan administration will fiercely oppose gay rights.

Jerame Davis, Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats, called the endorsement “a disgrace” and “reprehensible.”

“The Log Cabin Republicans have proven once and for all that they are not an organization aligned with the LGBT movement. They are a Republican front group bumbling their way into fooling LGBT voters that it’s OK to support a party that would legislate us back into the closet,” said Davis.

“Their endorsement of Mitt Romney isn’t just shameful – it’s insulting. Mitt Romney stands for nothing positive for LGBT people. He supports a federal marriage amendment (which was a reason for Log Cabin to refuse to endorse George W. Bush in 2004). He supports McCarthy-like investigations into our community for evidence of ‘harassment of Christians’. He opposes the repeal of DOMA. He opposes ENDA. He’s even said things as basic as the right to visit your sick or dying loved one in the hospital is a ‘privilege’ and not a right.

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“It’s a disgrace. A once venerated and decent organization has become a shell of itself blithely pandering to the least common denominator. This is politics at its worst – when a community sells out its own people for the gain of a few individuals. There is little doubt that Clarke Coooper’s position on the RNC finance committee played a major role in this decision. Of course, so did their blinding fear of GOProud nipping at their heels.

“So there you have it – the Log Cabin Republicans, who screamed loudly and forcefully for months that liberal groups and LGBT movement posturing weren’t going to affect their endorsements have instead allowed the interests of money sucking GOP insiders and the fear of a conservative performance troupe to decide their endorsement for them.

“It’s reprehensible. Have they no decency?”

In a statement announcing the endorsement, former George W. Bush administration Solicitor General and Romney campaign adviser Theodore Olson said he supports the endorsement, saying, “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.” Olson is leading the federal lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8, but helped the Romney campaign with debate prep.

Romney has also been endorsed by the national gay conservatives group, GOProud.

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  1. Only the dumbest sheep elect their own butcher.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:14am
  2. Of course they do.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:14am
  3. Following in the tried and tested Republican tradition of convincing folks to vote against their core beliefs. -sigh- #somethingsneverchange

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:15am
  4. Of course they do, they are Republicans

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:16am
  5. Ugh.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:16am
  6. Stockholm syndrome.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:16am
  7. Of course they do! They don’t know how to vote for anyone that’s NOT a Democrat! Duh!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:16am
  8. I just am so amazed at such oxymorons…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:17am
  9. What a bunch of pussies!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:17am
  10. Who needs actual rights when you have tax cuts for the 1%!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:17am
  11. haters gonna hate….themselves

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:18am
  12. Log Cabin Republicans are Self Loathers!!! The Republican Party will never embrace you as one of their own!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:18am
  13. Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:19am
  14. WHY????

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:19am
  15. ?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:19am
  16. “Gay” and “Republican” shouldn’t be possible to describe someone. They’re so… ill-fitting.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:19am
  17. Never will understand this

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:20am
  18. i just don’t get it. Three groups that should rethink a vote for any republican… gays, minorities and women.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:21am
  19. Nothing like throwing your own under the bus… :(

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:21am
  20. Gay and Republican is an oxymoron.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:21am
  21. Self hatred is the ugliest!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:22am
  22. Yeah, there are gay monotheists, too. So fuckin what? He’s still fucked.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:23am
  23. Don’t EVEN get me started on these greedy, self-hating, money grubbing f****ts.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:23am
  24. gross.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:25am
  25. Fucking morons.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:25am
  26. “Having closely reviewed the candidate’s history and observed the campaign, we believe Governor Romney will make cutting spending and job creation his priorities, and, as his record as Governor of Massachusetts suggests, will not waste his precious time in office with legislative attacks on LGBT Americans.” Wow that’s a mighty big gamble the Log Cabinettes are taking.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:26am
  27. Self Loathing Jackasses!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:28am
  28. get out of office romney!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:29am
  29. Gay and Republican? Isn’t that an oxymoron? I mean Republicans don’t want the best for the GLBTcommunity, so why vote for a Republican?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:29am
  30. A bunch of Queer Uncle Tom sell outs.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:29am
  31. So sad, after the profound disrespect he has shown LGBT Americans over the years. I knew they wouldn’t endorse Obama, but they should have withheld their endorsement. Also, considering how small the Libertarian Party is, I still don’t understand why gay people don’t just desert the Republicans for a few election cycles and hijack the LP. Gay conservatives believe in individual liberty, don’t they?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:31am
  32. please look at the big picture instead of who supports gay marriage. Obama did that so he can get the popular vote. vote for Obama and promise we will have a World War den gay marriage won’t matter survival will

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:34am
  33. That should say: ‘self hating spineless gays’ endorse anti Equality, gay hater MITTNOCCHIO ROBME!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:35am
  34. They’re not gay the Republicans pretending to be gay

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:35am
  35. It is beyond me how any one can support someone who considers us second class citizens and is so bent on taking away or preventing us from getting the same rights and protections as everyone else.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:35am
  36. Gay and Republican is less weird than gay and evangelical, and that exists. I suspect most of us don’t understand it because we don’t want to acknowledge that for some, holding onto financial privilege, religious zealotry, and hatred of brown people trumps self-respect. I worked with some very vocally racist tea party lesbians in Oklahoma. I had to bite my tongue as they went on about the “liberal media” and joked about filling Treyvon Martin full of lead. Not people I’d want to know or be around by choice, believe me.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:35am
  37. In 1930s Europe, there were Jews who supported Hitler and the fascists.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:36am
  38. FAIL

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:37am
  39. Who needs equal rights when taxes are lower for those that make over 250k a year?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:37am
  40. Im sorry, but uncle tom…. i mean log cabin gays, are traitor to the gay rights movement. they value a buck over equal rights

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:37am
  41. loserszz

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:43am
  42. No, no, no…*facepalm*

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:43am
  43. LCR’s are fuktards, just like their str8 repub counterparts

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:44am
  44. How does this even make any sense? They’re gay….so they not even care about their own rights? What if they didn’t have the right to vote? Would that change their minds?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:48am
  45. Oi….

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:49am
  46. This sucks, “Americans first” what a load of crap

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:53am
  47. Michael, their gay but hate themselves so by being Republican they feel these deprived people will like them. The truth is their vote for Romney is all these Republicans care about. When push comes to shove…Romney WILL push these gay’s right outa the way. So sad for them.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:53am
  48. Idiotic self-loathing morons.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:55am
  49. They are just stupid and out of touch!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:57am
  50. GET THIS P.o.S Out of of politics, and may his black cold and demon hearted soul burn in the righteous flames of the putrid hell and all layers of purgatory where he belongs.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:58am
  51. How many African Americans voted (once they got the right to vote) for parties that dramatically reduced their rights?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:03am
  52. There is no quality of life without equality! There are no benifits when others suffer needlessly! I understand my conservative brothers and sisters perspective on many issues but ultimately think they are terribly shortsighted!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:05am
  53. Sad…Wrong!!!!! This is the man that says…Marriage is ONLY between a Man and a woman.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:05am
  54. Shame on you log cabin people, your rights will be dissolved under the Romney/Ryan regime!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:06am
  55. Not to mention, he ran Massachusettes into the ground…SO..let’s give him 49 more states to ruin

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:07am
  56. The legislative opportunities during the next four years are too great to not put Obama in for another term. Who do you want nominating retiring supreme court justices in the next four years? Obama, that is who. Looking at the big broad picture, Romney has not a clue, no workable plans, and a puppet without a glove.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:08am
  57. Well really what do you expect from gay people who claim to be republicans. They might as well be catholics also.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:09am
  58. WOW! I’ve heard of low self esteem but this is too much! Can’t believe they’re willing to vote for someone who hates us!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:09am
  59. This endorsement, if you read it, shows just how incredibly studpid–yes I say STUPID–Log Cabin voters are. There is not one issue that Romney has in his favor that shows he will create jobs in the United
    States. Also, as for his Mass. record–really???? The clowns in the Log Cabin want to go there???? This shows their total lack of touch on the issues. Wake up Log Cabin GOP members and get you heads out of the crack of your collective asses!!! If he had such great success in Mass.–which the facts don’t support–then why is that state voting against him? Do your research!!! You’re making the LGBTQ community look stupid!!! (Can we just vote the Log Cabin GOP members off the island???)

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:12am
  60. -______________-

    Why can’t Log Republicans demand equal rights for LGBT people and still hold moderate Conservative views

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:22am
  61. Why do log cabin republicans even exist? Too much self loathing.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:31am
  62. idiots.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:34am
  63. Traitors.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:37am
  64. Translation: Self loathing gays electrocute themselves to support electricity. God these people are pathetic.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:40am
  65. Yo Log Cabin Morons! The Republicans detest you. Why do you feel even remotely connected to the GOP?? Wake up!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:42am
  66. So they’ll be happy as their members get kicked out of the military for being gay, especially since they have come out of the closet for the most part.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:56am
  67. Boo!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:07am
  68. candidato

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:35am
  69. I guess they choose to remain in the closet for the rest of their lives. The rest of the LGBT community does not

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 11:59am
  70. That’s like being African American and a member of the Mormon church. Are you a masochist? Must hate themselves.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:15pm
  71. I may stop using Log Cabin syrup because of this!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:16pm
  72. This is something I will never understand – Mitt Romney is not the kind of Republican that Log Cabin would be endorsing. There’s something rotten in Denmark here!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:33pm
  73. What came first, their stupidity or their self loathing?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12:36pm
  74. Nothing like a good old fashioned “cutting off your nose to spite your face” kind of endorsement.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:34pm
  75. What pathetic jerks!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:42pm
  76. I know I am using this word alot, but with things going on I can not help it. FUCKED UP BUNCH OF FAGGOTS. And yes I can use the other F word as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 2:08pm
  77. I am embarrassed to be gay now…WTF???

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:00pm
  78. This is why I drink!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:00pm
  79. A perfect example of Stockholm Syndrome.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:45pm
  80. How can half the country vote Republican these days? No Gay, No Woman, NO Minority should …all stupid if they vote against themselves. It is a sickness it’s called NARCISSISM… NO FACTS WILL CHANGE THEM…they “believe” & feel they are always right…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:20am
  81. Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:26am