“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. “Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity. On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents. No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney.”Other LGBT organizations were quick to point out that Log Cabin had not endorsed George W. Bush in 2004 because of his support for a federal marriage amendment (which would ban marriage equality nationwide and enshrines sexual orientation-based discrimination in the founding document of our nation) and that Mitt Romney has repeatedly reiterated his support for a similar constitutional amendment, as recently as last week. He has even signed the National Organization of Marriage's anti-gay marriage pledge:
The Stonewall Democrats sent out a blistering response to the news of Log Cabin Republicans' endorsement of a presidential candidate who in the words of Barney Frank has never endorsed a pro-gay initiative:
This last reference to GOProud is important because most LGBT activists speculate that the reason why LCR felt compelled to endorse Romney even though he espouses more anti-gay positions than the non-endorsed President G.W. Bush, is that there is now an organization which is even farther to the right of LCR and they feel threatened from its extreme right flank.
Very disappointing (but nit really that surprising). There is no reason LGBT equality needs to be a partisan issue, but LCR has just made things worse, not better, in this respect.
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God.