The Log Cabin Republicans announced on Saturday that they are not endorsing Donald Trump for president.
While they praised Trump as “perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party” for what they call his “unprecedented overtures to the ‘LGBTQ community,'” they signaled concern over who he was surrounding himself with, as well as his support of a discriminatory piece of legislation.
“As Mr. Trump spoke positively about the LGBT community in the United States, he concurrently surrounded himself with senior advisers with a record of opposing LGBT equality, and committed himself to supporting legislation such as the so-called ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ that Log Cabin Republicans opposes,” a statement reads.
The Log Cabin Republicans also criticized the Republican Party platform for containing language opposing same-sex marriage, preventing trans people from using the bathrooms matching their gender identity, and supporting conversion therapy.
Trump has also said he would like to see the same-sex marriage ruling overturned and after initially signaling support for trans people using the bathrooms that match their gender identity, he later walked that back, saying he supported North Carolina in the fight against the federal government over HB2.
“Should Mr. Trump become our nation’s next President, Log Cabin Republicans welcomes the opportunity to work with his administration to ensure the advances in LGBT freedom we have fought for and secured will continue,” the statement continues.
“Log Cabin Republicans will spend the remainder of the 2016 election cycle committed to preserving and growing GOP majorities in the United States Senate and House of Representatives,” it concludes.
Trump is only polling at 20 percent with LGBTQ voters. This won’t help.