Log Cabin Republican president Patrick Sammon warns his party peers not to push gay marriage this year: “Acceptance of loving, committed gay and lesbian couples is on the rise and, consequently, the marriage debate does not have the same heat it used to. Republicans who try exploiting the issue for political gain this November will fail. And they’ll further alienate the young people who are already leaving the GOP in droves… So, a word to my fellow Republicans: If we choose the politics of fear and division that helped defeat our party in 2006, we will alienate the independent voters who will decide this election. We will suffer an even bigger defeat in 2008.” [Politico]