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Log Cabin Republicans: How the LGBT GOP group has abandoned gay rights

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Log Cabin Republicans now have squandered their last ounce of potential credibility.

After 35 years in their dysfunctional relationship with the Republican Party, these gay conservatives have gotten nowhere, and are unable to admit it. And the party, after 35 years of accepting their endorsements, endowments, and votes, still degrades, derides, derogates, and vilifies all LGBT people and their families, both in its platform and in its legislation.

Captive to their own psychosis, the Log Cabin Republicans continue paying homage to a political party that usually ignores them, except during all the bouts when it’s hurting them. For example, the Cabineers spent seven years and a small fortune getting federal courts to decide that the military’s 17-year old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law was unconstitutional. In 2010, as the nation finally recognized that the policy was archaic, ignorant, pointless, and unfair, Congress repealed the law.

R. Clarke Cooper
Executive Director, Log Cabin Republicans.

And what did the Republican Party do? Over the next two years, its congressmen introduced a pile of new bills to minimize, impede, and reverse the historic repeal.

Today, the Republican Party’s latest platform contains 12 oppressive promises specifically designed to target and hurt LGBT people, their spouses, and their children. That platform officially declares that all American marriages are defined by one specific religious sect, as between only one man and one woman, that only such marriages are holy, that all other couples are profane, that civil judges may not rule otherwise, that the U.S. Constitution should be amended to reflect this, that no-fault divorce must be outlawed, and that Judeo-Christian values are federal law.

This is the party that the Log Cabin Republicans want to see controlling the nation.

On Tuesday, they gave a qualified endorsement to the Romney/Ryan ticket, and swore to strengthen the Republicans’ current gridlock hold on Congress.

Their bowing and cowing to Republican interests illustrates just how delusional the Cabineers really are. For example, they write that Republicans have “no appetite” to even consider constitutional amendments banning same-gender marriage. Apparently, the Cabineers have never heard of California, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, or Washington, where tens of millions of dollars — quietly laundered from the Mormon and Roman Catholic churches — are being spent by Republicans and the anti-LGBT hate group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to wage war on LGBT people, their families, their children, and the freedom to marry. Do the Cabineers even know that Romney’s own political committee donated $10,000 to NOM to fund their own oppression — or do they just not care?

Minnesotans will decide on November 6 whether to outlaw same-gender marriage via a permanent constitutional ban, which also would prevent lawmakers and judges from ever proposing any remedies. After several years of hearing Republican-inspired animosity, ignorance, junk science, fear, and lies, the latest poll shows the same-gender marriage ban winning, 47% to 46%, with 7% undecided. Clearly, the Cabineers’ claim of “no appetite” for such venal voting is a deluded falsehood.

Now, aside from the Log Cabin Republicans’ deceit of both themselves and the public, there’s a far greater reason why any endorsement of Mitt Romney is a very troubling turn in American politics.

Despite frequent switches of position during his years of campaigning, Romney is firmly a right-wing, experiential-primitive, Christian Dominionist who vowed to his church — and also to NOM — that he will lay the foundations to convert our democracy into an anti-LGBT theocracy. Even though public sentiment, legislation, and court decisions increasingly support the freedom to marry, Romney’s faith requires him to adhere to the religious notion that marriage can exist between only one man and one woman.

Dominionists believe that their deity requires them to take over all societies, and to subordinate all citizens to their version of Christianity. The only human rights they recognize are those found in their religious books, and they feel perfectly comfortable imposing their religious rules upon people outside their creed, which they label with euphemisms like “right to worship” and “freedom of religion.” According to them, whenever their religion conflicts with another one, their religion rules, and the other must yield. Their deity trumps everyone else’s.

The Cabineers blindly claim that Romney won’t pursue “attacks on LGBT Americans.” But his own biography proves that that is exactly what he will do.

While campaigning to be governor of Massachusetts, he promised to advance LGBT causes even “better than Ted Kennedy” but then spent the next four years in office opposing same-gender marriage, dissolving a state Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, blocking an anti-bullying school guide, exploiting a loophole in an obscure 1913 law to prevent out-of-state same-gender couples from marrying in Massachusetts, and committing similar betrayals.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan oppose LGBT people — and their spouses and children — so much that they are scheming to write discrimination directly into the U.S. Constitution, and thus permanently deny LGBT families 1,138 federal benefits and responsibilities that every other family takes for granted. Romney and Ryan also support the Defense-of-Marriage Act (DOMA), a dishonestly named law which allows any state to ignore the same-gender marriages of people from anywhere else.

Today, 48% of Americans live in 21 states, counties, or cities with various forms of legal relationships: nine states legalized full marriage (CT, DC, IA, MA, MD, NH, NY, VT, WA); seven legalized domestic partnership (CA, CO, ME, NV, NM, OR, WI), and five legalized civil union (DE, HI, IL, NJ, RI). Romney and Ryan would outlaw those millions of relationships, forever.

And what would become of a couple needing to speak to each other as one of them lays, dying, in an ambulance or a hospital? Romney and Ryan approve of any state outlawing such a meeting, even between a loving, committed couple during the final few moments of life. DOMA also cuts military personnel pay up to 40% for everybody who has a legal, same-gender spouse. Additionally, Romney and Ryan support segregation of all LGBT people into “separate-but-equal” Jim-Crow-style status, an antiquated practice from the era of slavery which has been wholly unconstitutional since 1964.

Just as the Republican Party thinks nothing of the Log Cabin Republicans, so too, the Cabineers today think little of LGBT people, and next-to-nothing of hate crime laws, open military service, employment non-discrimination laws, and the freedom to marry — measures which Republicans still overwhelmingly oppose. The Cabineers cheerily claim that they support “fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans,” but Republican leaders, lawmakers, state-level parties, and candidates remain lock-stepped in their overwhelming opposition to all such equality.

The Cabineers claim they will ensure that their party “lives up to its highest ideals of limited government and individual freedom.” But based on history to date, the party’s highest ideals are already decaying in the sewer, so living up to them is worthless.

For example, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has already wasted $1.5 million taxpayer dollars attempting to defend the doomed and unconstitutional Defense-of-Marriage Act, in 14 separate cases. In the federal district courts and the federal appeals courts, in every decision rendered so far, the Republicans have lost every single case.

The Log Cabin Republicans refused to endorse George Bush in 2004. They should do the same with Mitt Romney in 2012. But if their addiction to all things Republican is so intense that they just can’t resist endorsing the party and its candidates, then they must give up any claim to being sane, LGBT humans, for it is psychotic to endorse, fund, and vote for anyone who is promising to permanently oppress you. It’s also insane to pretend that things are getting better when they are not.

The Log Cabin Republicans want to maintain their unhealthy relationships with the Republican cannons aimed at them, and some might argue that that choice is theirs to make. However, by endorsing, funding, and electing such people, they’re oppressing not just themselves, but everyone else, as well. And that’s inexcusable.

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39 more reader comments:

  1. I agree that by endorsing Romney the log folks have taken their eye of the goal. However, I would argue that the mainstream groups that have endorsed Obama have done the same thing.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:40pm
  2. they should burn their gay card.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:43pm
  3. because there’s flip floppers

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:45pm
  4. Makes me sick to even read this! I could only get halfway through the article.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:45pm
  5. How can you be gay and Republican? The Republicans HATE gay people.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:46pm
  6. Even though I’m gay and somehow under republican thanks to my parents I soon discovered that I’m not considered a republican because after reading what a republican was at the age of 16 I soon banished my family heritage of becoming a republican and be a free spirit not a restrictive person if any kind.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:50pm
  7. Being for a political party that doesn’t stand for your rights is the same self-hate as many other self haters that have lead to high serving government workers in some past presidencies that fight to limit rights.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:50pm
  8. Exactly. They are the ‘Uncle Tom’ of the LGBT community.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:51pm
  9. Everyone should join me in emailing the Log Cabin leadership and let them know how much they let us down. I sent them an email yesterday doing just that. I told them that the rest of us will carry on fighting for their equal rights even though they have turned their back on the rest of the gay community. Shame on them!

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:55pm
  10. Casey Pick
    Programs Director of Log Cabin
    W: (202) 420-7874
    cpick@logcabin.org

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:56pm
  11. I just don’t understand how gay and republican can ever go together!are they all super richN

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:57pm
  12. This group is so depressing – they love their oppressors.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:02pm
  13. Spineless sell outs, who put money before Equality.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:06pm
  14. If the log cabin republicans cared about anything, but themselves, they would of endorsed Gary Johnson of the libertarian party.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:22pm
  15. losers that care about $ more than love

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:22pm
  16. Homophobic, self denying, self deluting idiots

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:22pm
  17. Um, this is a rather rude request, but in support of womens’ rights, could some of my male gay friends please start raping a LOT of white Republican men? Some will rape easy, some you might end up date-raping and some will have to be forcible with lots of bruising and rectal tears. Sadly, none of them will be blessed with a pregnancy ordained by a god, but they will finally know some FACTS ABOUT RAPE. Thanks. Now,please, go rape a Republican male.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:20pm
  18. All, and I mean ALL antigay legislation at federal, state and locals levels are advanced and passed by republican lawmakers. I will never understand how a group of gays can so easily throw the entire (present and future) LGBT community under the bus.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:26pm
  19. Apparently there is a serious disconnect in their brains. I’m a straight mom and proud mother of a gay son. I can’t understand how the Log Cabin Republicans can endorse two candidates and a platform that want to continue to suppress and oppress the civil and human rights of my son and all members the LGBT community.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:01pm
  20. Speaking of LGBTQ rights, though slightly off topic, I reside in New York State, I was frequenting a Joe’s Crab Shack there (Latham,NY) about two weeks ago with my sister and two young nephews, while we were dining a manger on duty, yes a MANGER, walked by our table and said “UGH LESBIANS!” I am not of that persuasion personally, but I have many good friends who are and found the comment not only inappropriate on several levels, but also highly offensive, discriminatory and just flat out rude. When brought to his attention, that we overheard his comment, his response was NOT to apologize, no, his reaction was to laugh at us, which upset me even further because I thought to myself since when is being an LGBTQ individual funny!?!? Then he hide in the kitchen so he wouldn’t have to deal with our utter outrage! After contacting the home office to further follow up on what had transpired, we were not given so much as an apology or even a second thought, we were told we were “making too big a deal out of it”. Clearly they are discriminatory there and portray the message that the LGBTQ community is not welcome in their establishments! I just though everyone should know what their company stands for.

    Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:41pm
  21. They are probably not even gay. It’s probably a smoke screen so GOP can say they have gay backing.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:35am
  22. Hey hey ho ho the Log Cabin has got to go. Are you sure we cannot revoke their gay card. Cause they are giving the LGBT community and their Supports a bad name.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:36am
  23. You can play the game heteronormative society plays for as long as you want, but they’ll never let you be an equal player no matter how well you do. Assimilation means your identity is worth less and less every day but just as damaging as it has ever been. Log Cabin Republicans let greed and anger eat away at any dignity they ever had and sold their identities to people that will never care about them in the least.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:39am
  24. You failed to mention the (believe it or not) rightwing splinter group of Log Cabin, the GOProud. If you think LCR is bad, these people are downright despicable.

    http://www.advocate.com/society/activism/2012/10/17/goproud-cofounder-defends-ann-coulter-tweet-coming-out-day

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:45am
  25. I’ve heard their philosophy and entertained a few arguements, but it’s time to call it out as the BULLSHIT it really is. All over the USA, Republicans are aggressively attacking our FAMILIES and our CHILDREN. These gutless Log Cabin Republicans’ endorsement sends a twisted message that it’s really okay to marginalize LGBT citizens and BULLY anyone they target. Call out these today.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:49am
  26. log cabin republicans are nothing but disgusting, lowlife, self loathing traitors. and goproud too…

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:50am
  27. They either don’t care about themselves or they have a very strange way of trying to get any gop to accept them. This is why they HAD TO FORM THEIR OWN PARTY. The republicans don’t want ANYthing to do with them. So why don’t they realize that and stick with the party that accepts them.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:50am
  28. Log Cabin Repubs are those gays who betrayed themselves and their kindred spirits so as to not be left out of repub daddy’s will… to keep their membership in daddy’s country club. Worse than that, just like the teabags, Log Cabin Repubs are for the most part racists – hating blacks more than they love their fellow gays.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:54am
  29. isnt there an ice flow you all can sit on and float away!

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 9:11am
  30. Republicans are monsters, and they’re happy to flaunt their attacks on LGBT families and our children. I’ve heard all the Log Cabin philosophies and arguements, and not only are they bullshit, they’re DANGEROUS. They send a twisted message to mainstream America that civil rights for LGBT families aren’t really important; tax cuts for Wall Street is more important than protecting jobs and feeding kids. Vote OBAMA today.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 9:14am
  31. It shocked me to no end when I heard a gay friend spouting the evils of the Democrats and the President. I couldn’t bring myself to say, “Have you forgotten who you are? Don’t you realize that these people see you as worse than nothing?” I haven’t talked to him for a year over that argument.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 9:39am
  32. Well in my experience, most gay republicans are single and experience a ton of internalized homophobia. So all I can picture is a bunch of gay jaded single men sitting around hating on the gay community (those who are content with their lives), jealous they do not have what others have in a relationship. This is seriously what I have seen as a counselor working with the community. Go figure!

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 9:44am
  33. internalized and horizontal oppression at its worst. :(

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 9:44am
  34. Lol it’s so funny to watch liberal members of the lgbt community flip out on the LCR … Lol apparently if you are a gay republican, you are a self loathing queer, if you are a black republican you are an uncle Tom, and of you a woman republican you have betrayed your vagina … Lol people in the lgbt community have more issues on their mind then just gay rights, and there are more issues that are more important then that to them .. Just because they think differently then you, doesn’t mean they are bad people

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 11:14am
  35. Self Haters!….what more can you say?

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 11:25am
  36. Its like black people voting for the KKK.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 1:22pm
  37. I’d pity them if they weren’t doing so much damage to the rest of us.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 4:20pm
  38. I wish the republican party wasnt against gay marriage and rights but that will probabily change in the future. The democratic party is not much better either when it comes to their rights. The libertarian party is the best when it comes to gay rights. Vote for Gary Johnson he is the one who backs gay marriage and rights the whole time. Romney and Obama are just trying to get votes.

    Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:29pm
  39. I agree. Shame on the Log Cabin repubs!

    Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:25am