The Log Cabin Republicans this week endorsed John McCain, calling him inclusive and declaring that he has “stood by” gay citizens.
We’ve already discussed their perspective, but it’s worth readdressing for some of the rhetoric coming out of St. Paul right now.
Unlike previous conventions, the Republicans this year steered clear of sexual politics. Though their platform still makes a point of excluding the gays, marriage and the evils of same-sex loving are no longer central to the party’s public image. The Advocate‘s Sean Kennedy notes:
Except for a remark by McCain’s former rival Mike Huckabee about not changing “the very definition of marriage from what it has always meant throughout recorded human history,” there was an utter lack of rhetoric on gay issues — contrary to the strong statements of support heard at the Democratic convention in Denver last week.
Gay voters were positively thrilled to hear so much pro-gay speak from the Democrats. Queer Republicans, meanwhile, are thrilled not to have been mentioned.
One convention attendee enjoyed McCain’s speech last night that he wrote to conservative homo-journo James Kirchick:
I liked it a lot. I’m delighted I was wrong to expect a reference to SSM [Same-Sex Marriage]. Am I right that this was the first GOP acceptance speech since probably 1992 not to mention defending traditional marriage or something similar?
Kirchick also agrees that the “new” party tone’s a breath of relatively fresh air. The lack of gay politics is, to them, a good thing, because, as Kirchick notes, gay Republicans have to take what they can get: “I don’t think it’s fair to conclude, as my colleague John Judis recently did, that this has been a “sad” week for [gay Republicans]. Of course, it’s not like gay Republicans have had a lot of great days over the past 8 years.” Gay Republicans are so used to getting trashed by their party peers, they’re happy simply to be left out.