Log Cabin Backs McCain


No disrespect, Log Cabin Republicans, but have you lost your collective mind?

Just this morning the blogs began talking about the GOP’s platform, which takes no uncertain stand against gay right, and now you’ve gone and endorsed John McCain.

And, what’s more, President Patrick Sammon declared, “On the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last decade – the federal marriage amendment – Sen. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him.” Um, Cabinites, McCain didn’t stand by you because he likes the gays. It’s because he likes federalism! C’mon!

Plus, marriage is hardly the “most important” issue. It’s spectacularly eye-catching, yes, but what about hate crimes legislation, employment discrimination legislation, and adoption legislation? Are we living on the same planet?

Sammon goes on to say that he expects McCain will get a lot of gay votes. With 68% of polled gay voters loving up on Obama? Not likely…

We’ve included the press release after the jump.

Log Cabin Endorses Sen. John McCain for President
McCain is an Inclusive Leader Who Will Appeal to Independent Voters

(Minneapolis, MN) – Log Cabin Republicans today announced its
endorsement of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for President of the United
States. Log Cabin’s national board of directors voted 12-2 to endorse
the Republican nominees for President and Vice President. Log Cabin
announced the decision at its “Big Tent Event” during the Republican
National Convention in Minneapolis.

“On the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last
decade-the federal marriage amendment-Sen. John McCain stood with us.
Now we stand with him,” said

Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Sammon. “Sen. McCain is an
inclusive Republican who is focusing the GOP on unifying core
principles that appeal to independent voters.”

“Sen. McCain showed courage by bucking his own party’s leadership and
the president-twice voting against the amendment. He gave an
impassioned speech on the Senate floor, calling the amendment
‘antithetical in every way to the core philosophy of Republicans.’

He paid a political price for his vote,” said Sammon.

“Log Cabin Republicans is a grassroots organization and our membership
overwhelmingly supports endorsing Sen. McCain,” said Log Cabin Board
Chairman Pete Kingma. “Our board and staff members have spent recent
months getting input and feedback from our members. The consensus
among our members is strongly in favor of an endorsement because of
his inclusive record. Our members also support him because he’s a
maverick; a trait most recently on display with his decision to select
Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.”

“In recent years, too many Republican politicians have used divisive
social issues in an effort to win elections. Sen. McCain is a
different kind of Republican. He understands the GOP lost its majority
in Congress in 2006 largely because the Party focused on divisive
social issues. Sen. McCain knows the politics of fear and division
will damage our Party and our nation so he’s focusing the GOP on
unifying core principles such as limited government, fiscal
responsibility, and a strong national defense,” said Sammon.

“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

Sen. McCain has had a long and friendly association with Log Cabin
Republicans, dating back to the organization’s opening of a national
office in the mid-1990s.

“Sen. McCain has always shown a willingness to reach out and engage in
dialogue with Log Cabin, while considering all sides of an issue,”
said Sammon. “We know that will continue when he is President.”

“Progress in the fight for LGBT equality requires support from both
Republicans and Democrats,” said Sammon. “Log Cabin’s endorsement of
Sen. McCain will ensure our community has a strong voice making the
case for gay rights to John McCain when he is President.”

According to the organization’s bylaws, Log Cabin endorses only
Republican candidates.

Log Cabin Republicans endorsed then-Governor George W. Bush in 2000,
but declined to endorse President Bush in 2004-largely over the
president’s push for a federal anti-gay marriage constitutional
amendment and his decision to use gay people as a wedge issue in
winning re-election.

“I expect Sen. McCain will receive strong support from gay and lesbian
Americans,” said Sammon. “LGBT people are not single-issue voters.
Gay rights issues are a critical part of the equation, but so are many
other issues impacting our daily lives-foreign policy, the economy,
jobs, energy policy, health care reform, and taxes. Gay and lesbian
Republicans believe Sen. John McCain is the most qualified person to
lead our country.”