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Log Cabin Republicans: ‘Abysmal’ Platform Proves Conservative ‘Desperation’

by David Badash on August 22, 2012

in Marriage,News,Politics

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R. Clarke Cooper, head of the 35-year old Log Cabin Republicans, released a statement late last night trying to find some positive points with what he labeled the Republican National Committee’s “abysmal” marriage plank in their political platform, drafted and approved in committee yesterday.

Cooper points to the removal of “language calling for the return of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” as evidence of positive movement and the Log Cabin Republicans’ influence. And he acknowledges that certified anti-gay hate group head, Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council did write the marriage plank. Which says a lot about today’s GOP.

READ: Hate Group President Tony Perkins Wrote Marriage Plank For RNC Platform

Cooper’s statement, in full:

While Log Cabin Republicans commend the delegates who proposed inclusion of pro-equality language in the 2012 Republican Party platform, the final documentis marred by outdated social conservative ideology.

“Tony Perkins may be boasting today about having written an antigay marriage plank into the Republican Party platform, but it will be a hollow and short-lived victory,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper. “The obsessive exclusion of gay couples, including military families, from the rights and responsibilities of marriage, combined with bizarre rhetoric about ‘hate campaigns’ and ‘the homosexual rights agenda’ are clear signs of desperation among social conservatives who know that public opinion israpidly turning in favor of equality.

Unfortunately, what voters can’t see in this document is the significant debate within the Committee. We were pleased to see vigorous debate on amendments in support of civil unions and to delete language regarding DOMA. While these measures failed, the future direction of our party clearly trends toward inclusion. This may well be the last time a platform will cater to the likes of the Family Research Council on marriage, and the fact is, platforms rarely influence policy. Tony will never see his discrimination written into the United States Constitution.”

Cooper continued, “Together with Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, Log Cabin Republicans are proud to have encouraged this important debate at the Republican National Convention. Only by being in the room and speaking conservative to conservative will we succeed in building a stronger and more inclusive Republican party.

Despite abysmal marriage rhetoric, in certain places the 2012 Republican platform is an improvement compared to the 2008 document for LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans advocated for the exclusion of any language calling for the return of ‘Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell’ – there is no longer any reference to the supposed ‘incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.’ We are pleased that the 2012 platform’s language on refugees no longer presents a barrier for asylum of LGBT people who are persecuted and threatened with execution in places like Iran. Finally, we appreciate the inclusion of language recognizing that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. While there is clearly a long way to go and the language regarding marriage will be harmful to Republicans in November, these changes should not be overlooked.”

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{ 3 comments }

Kiltedbear August 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

They are still trying to justify taking a part in a political party that hates them or at least dislikes them and thinks of them as inferior.

GaelicWench August 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

And that's the part I don't understand, either. Why would they side with a party that is wholly against the entire gay community and what they are trying to achieve for themselves?

StanleyJames August 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

Perkins is a racist from the louisiana legislature. He met sprigg there also

here's the link on Perkins
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/picture-wor
http://www.americablog.com/2005/06/family-researc

BTW Iknew that Spriggs was an actor in Xtian plays in college but somewehere else i read he was a professisonal actor

Its well known that a very large percentage of actors are gay.

And if you see spriggs, his pants are far too tight, especially around his butt. that sort of dressing is very common among gay people,(which is fine by me, geez I was in the army where privacy is non existant.much of the time.

here's most likely the issue with spriggs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_formation

BTW the founder of the FRC was george rekers, a baptist minister who calls himself a psychologist (who knows what nutter univ he got that title from )

Guess what reker boy got caught hiring a college twinky boy last year for a two week vacation "to carry his babbage" the boy was rented from rent boy.com On their frong page it says the cost of the rental was about $150000 for two weeks. Has this MF ever thought about hiring a porter for eg a hundred $$ bill as needed.?
http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activihttp://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/erbe/2009/02/05/pope-should-excommunicate-holocaust-denying-bishop-williamson?msg=1 – comments

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