An open letter to LGBT RepublicansEditorial, Top Highlights Friday, August 31st, 2012
As the Republican National Convention comes to an end, I feel compelled to write an open letter to those in the LGBT community who are Republican.
Can LGBT Republicans help me understand how you have come to be a part of a political party that truly seems to despise you? You know that the Republican Party has a history of refusing money from LGBT Republican groups like the Log Cabin Republicans. That’s right, returning donations from the group because the group is comprised of LGBT people.
You also know that the Republican LGBT group, Go Proud, was refused admission to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010. The religious conservatives, like Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council, threatened to pull out if Go Proud was anywhere near the convention hall. Why do you support a political party that so openly humiliates you?
Why does your party refuse to give gays and lesbians even second-class relationship recognition, also known as civil unions? You know the platform to be presented at your convention says “[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage.”
The Republican platform draft further says “…congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of the states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions.” It also says the Republican Party supports the campaigns against same-sex marriage that are underway in several states.
Help me understand why LGBT Republicans will enter the voting booth and pull the lever for the Republican presidential standard bearer? As I have said before, to me it seems like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders; the relationship will not end well.
I have heard the arguments that LGBT Republicans are slowly changing the party from within. Recently, R. Clarke Cooper, the head of the Log Cabin Republicans, bragged about how proud he was that his organization’s literature was put out for the delegates at the convention.
The Log Cabin Republican’s educational material was on a table “next to the stacks of Family Research Council material,” Cooper said. “I’m sure they were reeling, but if they asked leadership why it was there, they would hear it is because the RNC asked that all materials be put out there for delegates and press to pick up.” LGBT Republicans, help me understand how this is major progress for LGBT equality.
Then there is the leader of the Tea Party Republican group, Go Proud’s, Jimmy LaSalvia. He said “This election is bigger than one issue. We are in a crisis in this country and gay people need jobs. Sure same-sex marriage is important, but we can’t base our presidential vote on it.” Why can’t marriage equality be the first priority for an LGBT voter?
The original civil rights march in 1963 was called “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” African American civil rights leaders at the time were able to protest for jobs and freedom. Why can’t Republican LGBT organizations do the same? Go Proud has already endorsed Romney. I expect the Log Cabin Republicans will do the same.
LGBT Republicans, please help me understand why your basic civil rights are trumped by other issues when you enter the voting booth. Why are equal rights in employment, marriage equality, and the more than 1,100 benefits that are afforded married couples, so much less important than economic issues? If you are not equal does anything else matter?
My LGBT Republican brothers and sisters, I want to understand your support of the Republican Party, but I cannot get there on my own intellectually or emotionally. Please educate me.
In direct contrast, the Democratic platform draft says, “We support marriage equality.” v
San Diego LGBT Weekly
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