October 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Log Cabin to withhold endorsement from Trump
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The Log Cabin Republicans announced Saturday it will withhold its endorsement of Donald Trump, which marks the first time in 12 years the organization hasn’t endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.

Log Cabin announced the decision in an organizational statement from its political action committee, which begins with citing former President Reagan’s famous quote, “Trust but verify.”

“So cautioned former President Ronald Reagan who inspired our founding in 1977 — and it is a solemn understanding of that very instruction from our 40th president that compels Log Cabin Republicans to withhold endorsement from our Party’s current nominee,” the statement says.

The statement says Trump is “perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party and cites “unprecedented overtures” to LGBT people, but concludes that’s not enough.

“Log Cabin Republicans have long emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our members single-issue voters,” the statement says. “Even if we were, rhetoric alone regarding LGBT issues does not equate to doctrine. As Mr. Trump spoke positively about the LGBT community in the United States, he concurrently surrounded himself with senior advisors with a record of opposing LGBT equality and committed himself to supporting legislation such as the so-called ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ that Log Cabin Republicans opposes.”

In the event Trump is elected as president, Log Cabin would welcome the opportunity to work with him, the statement says, to ensure LGBT rights advances remain in place and continue, but “until and unless that happens, our trust would be misplaced.”

The last time Log Cabin refused to endorse the Republican presidential nominee was in 2004 as a result of then-President George W. Bush making a U.S. constitutional amendment a central component of his re-election campaign. Log Cabin endorsed John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

Log Cabin’s decision not to endorse Trump is consistent with the recommendation of at least one its chapters. Last month, members of the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin Republicans voted to reject Trump by a margin of 56-44 percent.

But Log Cabin has made a slew of endorsements in other races. Just this week, Log Cabin issued its third wave of endorsements consisting of support for Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). Each of these Republican senators voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2013.

The Washington Blade has placed a request in with the Trump campaign seeking comment on Log Cabin’s refusal to endorse Trump.

Zac Petkanas, a Clinton campaign spokesperson, took the opportunity of the news to lambast Trump for his anti-LGBT positions.

“Anyone surprised that Donald Trump and his hateful agenda are being rejected by LGBT Americans hasn’t been paying attention,” Petkanas said. “Trump has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn marriage equality, has run a campaign based on the kind of schoolyard bullying intimately familiar to the LGBT community and has picked a running mate who advocated so-called ‘conversion’ therapy for kids. The only choice for president is Hillary Clinton, who is tirelessly fighting every day for the principles she so proudly articulated in front of the entire world as Secretary of State: ‘Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.'”

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  • Does anyone actually pay any attention to Log Cabin? I’m sorry, but I don’t vote for or endorse people who want to limit my rights. Just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to me.

  • Isn’t it a little odd that Log Cabin won’t endorse the candidate who promises to protect all citizens ? The alternative is someone who’s incapable of deterring more bad actors from gaining entrance. And is an advocate for open borders.

    I realize it’s a matter of choice, but, folks, you need to be free and alive in order to further your cause. GBA!

    • I don’t know how you can claim Trump will protect all citizens but then you turn around and endorse Trump’s violent anti immigrant racism. Hypocrites, the whole lot of you.

    • Does that include protecting Muslim Americans?

      • Of course. An American is an American.

        • So why didn’t Trump protect the Khan family from racist attacks?

          • As a private citizen? I honestly don’t know how that would work. Do you realize who Mr. Khan is and that he was paid by HRC? He was a plant. If you choose to research his business dealings, I understand that his website was taken shortly after the close of the DNC. You may need to search prior to 07/2016.

            Personally, I am convinced this was more drama scripted by HRC and her MSM clones.

            Remember, although HRC hasn’t been convicted of any crimes does not mean she didn’t commit them. She uses other people’s avarice and greed to do her dirty deeds and in so

          • “”Ask yourself who can shoulder blame and admit their errors and who can never admit wrongdoings and throws others under the bus.””

            Certainly not the guy who said he had investigators on the ground in Hawaii checking on the President’s birth certificate, and they could not BELIEVE what they were finding.

            So in answer to your question,

            “”””Ask yourself who can shoulder blame and admit their errors “”

            That would be Hillary Clinton as she admitted her vote to support the Iraq war was a mistake.

            “”and who can never admit wrongdoings and throws others under the bus.””

            That would be the guy who blamed Hillary Clinton for his birther BS.

          • Have you been following WikiLeaks or news from Project Veritas?

            HRC did admit to supporting the Iraq war. Once cornered. It is also true that her prior campaign initiated the birther issue.

            Proof of the incredible corruption of both Clinton’s is pouring in. UP to and including our POTUS being forced (?) to lie to the American public.

            It is hard to admit how deep the corruption runs and certainly involves both parties.

            I hope that when we go to the polls, we vote for our country’s survival and protection of all of our citizens.
            Remember Benghazi.

            GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    • Another self loathing F A G attracted to all things gay “when it is dark out” and they think no one is watching.

  • Log Cabin Republicans are irrelevant and clearly self loathing. Guess they realized there will be a democratic administration and four more years of no positions for them.

  • Who are these people? Just another establishment group who thinks they are above everyone else? Trump would be down the middle for this country. That’s what makes him the best choice. There should be no left or right, just straight down the middle. No pun intended. #MAGA for all Americans.

    • Yes, we have to elect the common sense candidate, the one attempting to draw our citizens together. We certainly don’t need more division. Time to heal and grow.

    • Straight down the middle? He’s far extreme right. His supporters include Tony Perkins President of the Family Research Council, Pat Robertson, Rick Santorum and Jerry Fallwell, Jr. His anti-gay agenda is clear. These are community enemies not allies. Mike Pence is on record as being a Christian before he’s anything else.

      Trump is not his intent to appoint SCOTUS judges that would reverse our gains with a right-wing activist slant. You must live in a cave and heavy denial! No wonder your avatar is a cyclops with stigmatism!!!!

      • So you think there are no Gay Christians? That’s a bigoted and closed minded statement. You think we aren’t aware? Self Loathing? I’ve heard it all from the far Left, and right. You must live in a cave of denial. If you don’t believe the constitution works. And somehow we can’t continue to fight for our rights. Then sit back and wait for government to agree with you, and hand you everything. Just because you lack the vision that we can affect change in the government, and the minds of those elected to serve us. Change is coming one way or the other. And if Hillary had her way she’d sell your “RIGHTS” off to the highest bidder.

  • I’m pretty sure that the Log Cabin Republicans had to hire a paid third member so that they would have a tie-breaker…

  • I suppose by not endorsing Mr. Trump they are endorsing Hillary. Let me remind you that that cow has taken millions from countries who treat women abominably, and throw homosexuals off of roofs or beheads them. Log Cabin you make absolutely no sense, which now makes me say as a gay man you make nonsense.

  • I dare the LINCOLN LOG republiCONS to put out a list of all of their members nation wide and give us all a good laugh of who these 8 fools are.

  • Well, for a chance, LCR have done the right thing. It’s about time. Unlike that shameful queer couple that was interviewed supporting him.

  • At this Point their PAC endorsements dont mean a thing. As for “Log Cabin would welcome the opportunity to work with him”. Why should he or anyone work with them? You desert your party when we have our foot in the door and you expect cooperation after the war? TRAITORS! In my opinion don’t deserve consideration. And if by some act of satan Hillary wins, she will flip flop with LCR like she has with every other LGBT group in the past. Good Luck with that because her word doesn’t mean a thing, unless its going to line her pockets and the Accounts of the Clinton Foundation. How Naive! Why don’t they just change party affiliation. Because I will no longer support them. They will not represent me.

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