It’s a sad week for the LGBT community because we lost another LGBT organization. The Log Cabin Republicans, by endorsing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, has forfeited its credibility in the LGBT community and that is not a good thing for any of us.
I have known past leaders of Log Cabin and respected them and I respect executive director R. Clarke Cooper as an individual and a friend. But I believe he has led Log Cabin to betray their own mission and what they claim to be: “The only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of gay and lesbian Americans and their allies.”
If that statement is true then they have let down all the gays and lesbians and allies who believed they would stand up to those in their own party who would espouse policies that are designed to keep gay and lesbian members of the community second-class citizens.
In 2004, Log Cabin leaders had the guts to tell their party that they would not endorse a ticket that will keep us from gaining our civil and human rights. They spoke out against George W. Bush after his endorsement of the Federal Marriage Amendment. That courage is missing from Log Cabin today. There is absolutely no question on where the Romney/Ryan ticket stands on issues concerning the LGBT community. Mitt Romney has signed a pledge to support a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. Paul Ryan, except for once in his entire career, has voted against all civil and human rights legislation for the LGBT community and has spoken out vociferously against marriage equality and for an FMA. He has promised to do everything he can to make sure that marriage equality doesn’t become legal.
In the endorsement press release, Cooper says, “… 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.” You have to wonder under what rock Cooper is living if he hasn’t heard Romney endorse the same amendment that Bush did, which kept more courageous Log Cabin leaders of the past from endorsing him. In fact today, when Republicans like Dick Cheney and Laura Bush, and a majority of all Americans according to polls support marriage equality it appears that the Romney/Ryan position is even more egregious and hateful.
I would hope whatever secret deals the leaders of Log Cabin made with the ticket to get their endorsement will somehow benefit more than the few in the organization who may want jobs in a potential administration. Because as we struggle for full civil and human rights, Log Cabin has made what looks like a deal with the devil, which will hurt the rest of the LGBT community whether they are Republicans, independents or Democrats for decades to come.