September 12, 2018 at 10:37 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Hogan to attend Log Cabin Republicans national dinner

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Log Cabin Republicans on Sept. 12, 2018, announced Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will attend its annual Spirit of Lincoln Dinner next month in D.C. (Photo by Maryland GovPics; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Log Cabin Republicans on Wednesday announced Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will attend its annual dinner that is scheduled to take place in D.C. on Oct. 2.

An email that Log Cabin Republicans sent to its supporters describes Hogan as a “special guest.” The email also notes Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver the keynote address.

Hogan, who took office in 2015, will face off against former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous in November.

A poll that Gonzales Research and Media Services conducted last month found Hogan is ahead of Jealous by a 52-36 percent margin. The Washington Post on Aug. 27 reported Hogan’s re-election campaign account has $9.3 million, compared to the $385,000 the Jealous campaign has on hand.

Hogan in May signed into law a bill that bans so-called conversion therapy to minors in Maryland.

Hogan before his 2014 election said he would not seek to repeal Maryland’s same-sex marriage law that voters upheld two years earlier.

Hogan specifically mentioned sexual orientation — but not gender identity — in his first executive order that outlined ethic standards for executive branch employees. He later signed an amended version of the mandate that included transgender-specific language.

Two pro-LGBT bills — one that allows trans Marylanders to change their name and gender on their birth certificates without surgery and another that ensures lesbian couples have equal access to fertility treatments — became law in 2015 without Hogan’s signature.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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