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Log Cabin Endorses John McCain

Timothy Kincaid

September 2nd, 2008

Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed Sen. John McCain for President. Log Cabin appears to recognize that McCain’s agenda is not much in alignment with the goals of the gay community or the principles of equality:

“We have honest disagreements with Sen. McCain on a number of gay rights issues. Log Cabin will continue our conversation with him and other Republican leaders about issues affecting gay and lesbian Americans. We will speak out when there’s disagreement—either during the upcoming campaign or when John McCain is President,” said Sammon.

Their endorsement seems based on the following:

  • McCain led the Republican opposition to the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment
  • McCain has an “inclusive record” which has engendered support from grassroots members of the organization
  • McCain has a long history of dialogue and friendly association with Log Cabin
  • An endorsement will give Log Cabin better access to a McCain administration
  • Other issues (foreign policy, the economy, jobs, energy policy, health care reform, and taxes) are important to LGBT voters
  • Gay and lesbian Republicans believe Sen. John McCain is the most qualified person to lead our country.

There is no indication in the press release that Log Cabin had gained any concessions or clarifications of position from the McCain campaign before making their decision.

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Ben in Oakland
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

They endorse despite [deleted] near zero positions and [deleted], and they are still in the game, no matter how far back in the dugout they are.

They don’t endorse, and they don’t look serious at all.

The compromise: they endorse McCain but don’t give him any money. they give that money to the fights in FL, AZ, and CA.

Added bonus: if he doesn’t see any money coming his way, they’ll find out what he REALLY thinks.

Ephilei
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Typo “endores” in the post’s title.

McCain hasn’t supported an anti-gay federal amendment which is great, but too offset by his other positions. The fact he said he wouldn’t consider a pro-gay VP comes to mind as indicative that there wouldn’t be any pro-gay people in his administration.

Timothy Kincaid
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Ephilei,

Thanks for the catch on the typo

Priya Lynn
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Mccain says he supports a Federal marriage ammendment to ban equal marriage if the oxymoronically named “Defense” of marriage act is overturned. Obama favours repealing the “Defense” of marriage act.

Charles
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Things are changing even in the Republican Party. I read Glenn Reynold’s blog http://www.instapundit.com today and found that 49% of the delegates at the Republican National Convention believed that there should be recognition of gay civil unions (43%) or gay marriage (6%). I must say that I just don’t think Obama is qualified to be President.

rusty
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

So, with all the hoopla with Sarah Palin, if she rises above all the scrutiny what happens in Alaska expecially with the Republican’s battle with Stevens and the ‘other’ guy she has supposedly been calling to the turf? Does getting her out of Alaska help or hinder the ‘clean up of dirty politics’ OR if Sarah Palin doesn’t survive or McCain loses, what happen’s to Palin if she returns to Alaska and attempts to continue her clean-up with a possible difficult image issue to clean up?

What happens to Senator Stevens with Sarah Palin as VP or if she returns to her duties as Governor? He is considered one of the most influential Senators. . .

rusty
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

more on senator stevens
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/sep2008/alas-s02.shtml

Jim Burroway
September 2nd, 2008 | LINK

I find it instructive to note that of the six bullet points, only one is substantive. The others are purely qualitative.

The first point, his opposition to FMA, is based solely on Federalist ideals, not on any sort of friendliness to LGBT causes. He was on record supporting Arizona’s Prop 107 in 2006, and he is currently on record supporting California’s prop 8. (As far as I know, he hasn’t been asked about Arizona’s Prop 102 in 2008.)

I don’t see anything in the other five bullet points to hang my hat on. Overlooked: His likely nominees for Supreme Court justices, as well as his party’s platform calling for preservation of DADT.

William A. Miller
September 3rd, 2008 | LINK

I was raised republican and ran twice in Indiana as a republican. I had to deal with the eagle forum and other nutjob groups. I identigy myself as a Democrat now. As a 55 year old gay male, I could never vote for a republican as president!!! The log cabin boys need to get another hobby!!!

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