Gay republicans endorse Romney. Gay internet oddly expresses shock
The gay internet is flipping their everlovin’ minds today because the Log Cabin Republicans – that off the wall bunch of gay republicans – endorsed Romney “officially“.
In the statement announcing the endorsement, Log Cabin also provided words from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who endorsed Romney during the primary, and Ted Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general who’s leading a lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8, but helped the Romney campaign with debate prep.
Ros-Lehtinen, a supporter of marriage equality who’s known as being one of the most pro-LGBT Republican lawmakers in Congress, praised the endorsement.
“Our nation needs common sense solutions to fixing our economy and creating private sector jobs and Gov. Romney will provide us with the strong leadership we need at this critical time,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “Gov. Romney understands that businesses need less government regulation and lower taxes. Romney is the right man for our time. I am pleased that Log Cabin Republicans is endorsing Gov. Romney. I know that all of us together will fight for equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.”
Olson emphasized that both he and Log Cabin support Romney for president and marriage equality at the same time.
“Like the Log Cabin Republicans, I am proud to support Governor Romney for president, and I am proud to be an advocate for the freedom to marry,” Cooper said. “This endorsement speaks to Log Cabin’s principled belief in equality for all Americans, and the pragmatic recognition that our nation is in need of new leadership. Getting our fiscal house in order is more than an economic imperative – it’s a moral imperative. Gay or straight, Americans deserve a president who will secure a future for our children that doesn’t leave them buried in debt.”
The feigned outrage from the rest of the gay internet is what’s got me scratching my bald head:
From one of the biggest bitcher-and-moaner’s on the internet John Aravosis:
Log Cabin has always had a checkered past. I joined them back in 1992 or so, when I was first coming out, and a Republican. I quit the group six months later, as they only seemed interested in hurting Democrats, rather than helping gays. A few years ago, Log Cabin seemed to have turned a corner. About eight years ago, they finally matured into a group that understood that it could be more than simply a group therapy session for gays who hated being gay. That self-awareness culminated in a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell lawsuit that Log Cabin filed, and which helped to pressure the Obama administration to truly push to repeal the policy.
But now, because of fear of being supplanted by a new gay Republican group that makes no bones about not giving a damn about gay people or their rights, Log Cabin has crawled back into its old skin, providing cover, and serving as a political beard, for the Republican party’s hate, bigotry and intolerance.
That paragraph explains plenty regarding his egoism and naivete, but let’s move on. My favourite from the Stonewall Democrats:
“The Log Cabin Republicans have proven once and for all that they are not an organization aligned with the LGBT movement. They are a Republican front group bumbling their way into fooling LGBT voters that it’s OK to support a party that would legislate us back into the closet. Their endorsement of Mitt Romney isn’t just shameful – it’s insulting.
“Mitt Romney stands for nothing positive for LGBT people. He supports a federal marriage amendment (which was a reason for Log Cabin to refuse to endorse George W. Bush in 2004). He supports McCarthy-like investigations into our community for evidence of ‘harassment of Christians’. He opposes the repeal of DOMA. He opposes ENDA. He’s even said things as basic as the right to visit your sick or dying loved one in the hospital is a ‘privilege’ and not a right. [snip]
“So there you have it – the Log Cabin Republicans, who screamed loudly and forcefully for months that liberal groups and LGBT movement posturing weren’t going to affect their endorsements have instead allowed the interests of money sucking GOP insiders and the fear of a conservative performance troupe to decide their endorsement for them. It’s reprehensible. Have they no decency?” – Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, via press release.
It’s always good to push the panic button with a phrase of “McCarthy-like investigations into our community for evidence of ‘harassment of Christians'” for great dramatic effect and fear factor. I doubt very seriously that Jerame Davis even has a clue what hell on earth Joe McCarthy actually wrought on the country.
During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being Communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists. Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person’s real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated. Many people suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment. Most of these punishments came about through trial verdicts later overturned, laws that would be declared unconstitutional, dismissals for reasons later declared illegal or actionable, or extra-legal procedures that would come into general disrepute.
The most famous examples of McCarthyism include the speeches, investigations, and hearings of Senator McCarthy himself; theHollywood blacklist, associated with hearings conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); and the various anti-communist activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under Director J. Edgar Hoover. McCarthyism was a widespread social and cultural phenomenon that affected all levels of society and was the source of a great deal of debate and conflict in the United States.
Leave it to the drama queens to push the over-the-top drama button. But I digress.
Here’s the million dollar question: They’re fucking republicans, who did everyone think they were going to endorse?
Yes, the concept of a gay republican is inherently weird. I don’t get it, I never will, and I sure as hell don’t support their agenda. Gay republicans are on the same plane as things like the Tea Party, or Roseanne Barr actually running for president (and she IS on the ballot). They exist, they’re out there, and ultimately will have no effect on the course of current events in this country at all. Ever.
But they also have the right to endorse any bloody republican they see fit. It’s patently weird that everyone would express shock and outrage that gay republicans actually endorse their candidate.