September 21, 2016 at 11:30 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. Log Cabin weighs Trump endorsement
Gregory Angelo, D.C. Log Cabin Republicans, gay news, Washington Blade

Gregory Angelo, Log Cabin’s executive director, said the national group is considering whether to endorse Donald Trump. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Log Cabin Republicans of D.C. was scheduled to discuss and possibly vote Wednesday night, Sept. 21, on whether to recommend that the national Log Cabin Republicans organization endorse GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Under the national LGBT Republican group’s bylaws, state and local chapters are not authorized to endorse presidential candidates but instead are encouraged to make recommendations to the national group on whether such an endorsement should be made.

Chris Allen, president of D.C. Log Cabin Republicans, said the group’s board met on Aug. 22 and eight of the nine board members present voted “no” on recommending a Trump endorsement by the national Log Cabin group.

“Since that vote, one board member has changed his mind and plans to vote in the affirmative at the meeting on Wednesday,” Allen told the Washington Blade. But he also pointed out that under D.C. Log Cabin’s bylaws, a two-thirds majority vote by the general membership is needed to make or recommend an endorsement if the board has not first approved such an endorsement.

Allen said he expects a lively discussion over the Trump endorsement question.

“We have several members who are gung-ho Trump supporters,” he said.

The board for the national Log Cabin Republicans organization, meanwhile, is scheduled to meet in Washington on Sept. 28 hours before the group holds its annual Spirit of Lincoln national dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the dinner.

“There is no requirement that a vote [on a Trump endorsement] be taken at that time,” said Gregory Angelo, Log Cabin national’s executive director. “The board may hold the vote, or move to postpone a final vote until later this year,” Angelo told the Blade in an email.

Angelo declined a request by the Blade for a list of Log Cabin chapters that have recommended for or against a Trump endorsement.

“Our survey of LCR chapters is an internal document designed to give the LCR National Board of Directors perspective on where our membership stands,” he said. “At the present time we have no plans to make results public or share them with the press.”

For the outcome of the D.C. Log Cabin group’s recommendation on a Trump endorsement, visit washingtonblade.com.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

2 Comments
  • One Gay conservative Democrat

    Sad that any and I mean any gay person would be republican. And even worse vote for Trump. Then again there are a lot of self hating gay people out there.

  • What’s to weigh? Trump associates with antigay ministers and promises to appoint judges who would turn back all the progress we have made. Even Bush 41 has said he will vote for Hillary Clinton. Why would they want to tie their futures to a liar, conman, demagogue? Of course, they have been tying themselves to antigay Republicant candidates for years. I guess they must like being masochists.

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