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Big Tent Sale? Log Cabin Republicans Remodel the Campaign

It's a coming out of a whole different variety: gay Republicans (sometimes known as Log Cabin Republicans, the gay and lesbian Republican grassroots organization) coming clean about their party affiliation. It's a tricky sell for the average homosexual who is for strong national defense, limited spending and other Republican party favors. It's a pairing of identities that leaves some feeling like, "you're not liked by either side."

One Log Cabin Republican in Texas says, "Some people think it's more difficult to come out as Republican to a gay friend, than to come out as gay to a straight friend." This could be especially true as the official Texas Republican Party platform says that homosexuality "tears at the fabric" of society, and blames diseases on the gay community. The Texan, gay GOP-er acknowledges, "There's a lot of hurtful and hateful language that we'd like to get stripped out of that platform." His partner knows the election day bottom line will eventually win over detractors saying, "They know our votes and our money [is] significant."

To see how the Log Cabin Republicans play into the current election,


It's worth noting that the national Republican Party platform doesn't contain the same language that the Texas platform does, and in fact, the McCain campaign has realized the value of this group of voters. At the convention this month, senior strategist Steve Schmidt met with the Log Cabin Republicans saying, “I just wanted to take a second to come by and pay my respect and the campaign’s respect to your organization and to your group. Your organization is an important one in the fabric of our party.”

This event was the first time in history that the Log Cabin Republicans has been fully credentialed guests of the GOP host committee. This bigger tent of inclusion could be behind their endorsement of John McCain for president, four years after refusing to endorse George W. Bush. During the endorsement, Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon said, “Sen. McCain showed courage by bucking his own party’s leadership and the president—twice voting against the [federal marriage] amendment. He gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, calling the amendment ‘antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.’ He paid a political price for his vote.”

Given language like that which is included in the Texas platform, does being a gay Republican make sense? Is the Republican party on its way to more inclusion and a bigger tent?

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:jumpin: Yay! Another dork!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I'm five hours too late. "(I personally think that we should do away with "marriage" as a state institution altogether and only grant civil unions, but that's another story for another day.)" Lilkim, Yes! Exactly my thoughts. And GS, I'm a fan of star wars too. I named my dog 'Luke', after all :)
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Sorry, I had to take care of a minor issue or I would have answered you both sooner. geebers he likes Palin but still can't bring himself to vote for McCain. lilkim he still likes Bush. I can't understand it either.
geebers geebers 8 years
Liliblu- has McCain's choice of Palin not swayed your friend?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I think it's weird when people like Bush (assuming that your friend still does), but don't think McCain is a true conservative. In my opinion, Bush is not a true conservative.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
"Oh and to answer your question citizen. No. I do not think being a gay republican makes any sense." harmony I agree. But I do know a black male who is a gay republican. His partner will no longer discuss politics with him. He voted for Bush twice. But he does not believe McCain is a true conservative. He's thinking of voting 3rd party or write in.
em1282 em1282 8 years
LOL. I love it!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
youre welcome, I am a vast pit of knowledge ...but only about obscure pop culture references and all things Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star wars and the 80's
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Give it "Samwise" for a middle name!
em1282 em1282 8 years
That's cute, Jude. ;) I told myself I'd name my next dog Samwise, but I know the bf will object if it's *our* dog.
em1282 em1282 8 years
WOOKIE! DUH! I can't believe I forgot that. Thanks CG!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I want a pair of puppies I can name Merry and Pippin.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, cat you are as bad as me. And em, lol, I feel ya.
em1282 em1282 8 years
...I also think that's cute about your wedding, GS. ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Aww, I'm sorry GS! I think it's cool, though, so I'm biased. Wish I knew more about it myself. Trust me, I know plenty of other nerdy, geeky, what-have-you things...and no, I haven't ever thought about naming a pet/child after someone from the Lord of the Rings trilogy...even though Aragorn is totally a badass name...nope, nope, nothing to see here...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
chewbacca is a wookie, from the planet kashyyyk. the ewoks are from the forest moon Endor. Now i will go back to the nerd corner. may the force be with you.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Oh em, why are you calling me out? :oops: Yes, but not too bad. When we were introduced at the reception as husband and wife we walked in to the main theme. lol, only other nerds knew.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
We couldn't believe when he was added it. It was like a bomb went off in our living room. My bil, who is such a nerd he has a Christmas tree solely for his collection of star wars ornaments, was there along with my husband and I.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Great GS, then if I ever have anything Star Wars related I can ask you. Did you guys incorporate Star Wars into your wedding? My best friend's brother is a huge SW fan, and at his wedding he had an ice sculpture of R2-D2 and C-3P0. He's just a fan, though, not his wife...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm not a huge Star Wars fan (I leave that for my fiance), but even I was irritated when we watched the DVD of Return of the Jedi and discovered that George Lucas had digitally inserted Hayden Christensen into the final scene. Lil, I know what you mean. They look so cuddly, but they'd probably be more likely to stab you with a spear than give you a hug!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I love ewoks! I loved the Ewok movie. Widget.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Those things scare me! :scared:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, don't even get me started on Star Wars. My husband and I are just shy of being the biggest star wars nerds out there.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Which are the ones that are like bloodthirsty tribal little teddy bears? I like those things.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Hee, I think you're right, lil. When I was a little kid I always thought that Chewbacca was, like, an Ewok on steroids. Wonder if that's what he's supposed to be...
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