Friday, October 26, 2012

Queer Quote: Jerame Davis on LCR's Romney Pick

Here is another on-the-record quote from Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats on the announcement that Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed Mitt Romney for President:
"This endorsement was not principled in any way - how could it be when it excuses some of the most radical anti-LGBT positions in presidential history? Log Cabin's endorsement of Romney actually does harm to anyone they can claim to represent. It's really quite tragic. 
"I wouldn't advocate for Log Cabin Republicans to be shouting from Dupont Circle that Mitt Romney is a homophobe - that's not their job. But I would advocate for them to hold their Party and their candidates accountable by not rewarding damaging behavior and not making a mockery of what it means to be labeled a LGBT organization."
Some people would say that perhaps the head of the "gay Democrat" group would be the worst person to quote in response to any action by the "gay Republican" group, but I disagree. The two are mirror images of each other, and if anyone knows the pressure of balancing partisan versus LGBT instincts it would be someone like Jerame Davis who faces the exact same pressures. The point here is that R. Clarke Cooper, the head of the Log Cabin Republicans put partisanship above LGBT equality, and that is reprehensible.

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