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Sat May 12, 2012, 07:07 PM

Official Log Cabin Republican response to Obama's support for marriage equality:

They are clearly unhappy with Romney's decision to oppose not just Marriage Equality, but civil unions. Their news release follows. The last paragraph is key: it sounds like they are threatening to withhold their endorsement of candidates who take Romney's position. So what will they do about Romney?

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2012/05/log-cabin-gop-warns-romney-that-anti-gay-statements-jeopardizes-ability-to-win-moderates-women-young-voters.html


News release from R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans:

(Washington, DC) – In the wake of President Obama’s personal announcement in support of the freedom to marry, Republicans should recognize the changed political climate on the issue in favor of equality.

“Marriage equality has captured the nation’s attention, and the response to President Obama’s announcement is evidence of the tide turning in favor of equality for all. Log Cabin Republicans have long believed that supporting the freedom to marry is the right thing to do and the President’s joining this effort is in the nation’s best interest. That said, Americans can be certain that the President would not have made this decision at this time if it were not in his best political interests. In addition to energizing his base and distracting attention from a failed economic record, the trap is laid for any Republican who responds with intolerance,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Already some in the GOP are taking the bait with former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie bringing up the twice-failed Federal Marriage Amendment and the unfortunate vote on Representative Heulskamp’s (R-KS) amendment re-affirming DOMA last night. Democrats are eager to fundraise off of this issue. It is in the best interests of Republican candidates to be measured and disciplined in response, recognizing that a generational shift has occurred.”

“Governor Mitt Romney’s statement in opposition to not just marriage but civil unions jeopardizes his ability to win moderates, women and younger voters, especially as a large majority of Americans favor some form of relationship recognition for their LGBT friends and neighbors. Ultimately, the response of the Republican candidates this election cycle will determine not just endorsements by Log Cabin Republicans, but the votes of millions of Americans who are simply tired of the culture wars.”

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 07:15 PM

1. Interesting last paragraph. Have never gotten the Log Cabiners (Gay and Republican?),

but they echo some other (R) political points recently. Romney is out of touch, out of sync and imo, out of time.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 07:18 PM

2. has there been an official statment yet

from the fish to the sharks?

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 07:19 PM

3. Time to lock the doors boys you've become an oxymoron

The term "gay republican" has no meaning anymore if it ever did.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 07:22 PM

4. He isn't going to get the minority or the women votes. He is dreaming.

 

I honestly don't think the marriage of gays is going to be an issue anyway. Its on the list just like immigration is on the list. The economy is the number one issue along with jobs.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #4)

Sat May 12, 2012, 08:25 PM

6. I think this could turn into a culture war election, and that would benefit Obama.

It all depends on what happens to the economy in the next several months. If the price of gas stays down, and the unemployment rate is still trending down, the economy might not be the critical issue.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #6)

Sat May 12, 2012, 09:21 PM

8. It could but I really think it is a non issue now. I think that is pretty good too.

 

It means we came a long way. Obama is right we all must move FORWARD. The teabaggers are pulling this country down and it has nothing to do with the culture issues. They want this country to fail.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sat May 12, 2012, 07:32 PM

5. Prime example of people so far away from voting their self-interests that it's almost comical ...

Like the Catholics ... they're traditionally against the Death Penalty and war, and yet, they'll be more than happy (in most cases) to endorse a pro-DP & pro-War candidate just to say they're "pro-life" (conveniently ignoring the fact that no Democrat is forcing abortions on people ...)

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Response to zbdent (Reply #5)

Sat May 12, 2012, 08:27 PM

7. About half the country consistently votes against their self-interest, unfortunately.

That is, everyone in the 99% who ever votes Republican or Libertarian.

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