Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Log Cabin Republicans has a way of making things worse

Gregory T. Angelo
The start of the Log Cabin Republicans press release from Gregory T. Angelo regarding the Republican platform is on the mark (I left the links intact):
There’s no way to sugar-coat this: I’m mad as hell — and I know you are, too.

Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.

Opposition to marriage equality, nonsense about bathrooms, an endorsement of the debunked psychological practice of “pray the gay away” — it’s all in there.
Barney Frank used to say that Log Cabin claimed to change the Republican Party from within—but they don't seem to have ever done so. Log Cabin being Log Cabin, they go off into denial and delusion:
This isn’t my GOP, and I know it’s not yours either. Heck, it’s not even Donald Trump’s! When given a chance to follow the lead of our presumptive presidential nominee and reach out to the LGBT community in the wake of the awful terrorist massacre in Orlando on the gay nightclub Pulse, the Platform Committee said NO.
Trump's reaching out to the LGBT community after the Orlando shooting consisted of bragging that he predicted an event like Orlando (he didn't)  and then claiming that he is more adept at protecting Americans from Islamic terrorists. If pissing off American Muslims; eliminating our best source of domestic intelligence (Muslim ministers); and believing that a beauty pageant in Russia makes him proficient in international affairs then Trump might keep us safer. And if you believe that any of this has anything to do with LGBT Americans (it does not) then Trump is our friend. Trump and his campaign couldn't be bothered to steer the platform in the right direction. Or perhaps they were inept. Either way it is a preview of Trump as commander-in-chief. And we don't know what promises Trump made to those couple of hundred evangelical Christians which included hate group leaders.

Furthermore, this ignores the fact that just a few days ago, Trump voiced full support for North Carolina's anti-LGBT law. That law removed all LGBT protections and nullified the protections afforded by municipalities. In other words he saw that he was losing the state so he changed positions. Trump has also promised to nominate justices to the Supreme Court who will reverse Obergefell. Trump has stated that he is opposed to marriage euality.

Log Cabin and Angelo have no shame. If they wanted to have any influence over the Republican Party then they should hold candidates' feet to the fire. They should refuse to endorse a candidate who supports discrimination in North Carolina. They should refuse to endorse a candidate who does not support the idea that marriage equality is a settled issue.

The truth is that Donald Trump should have as many friends in the LGBT community as he has in the Muslim or Hispanic communities. Praising people who support bigotry only encourages more bigotry. The truth is that Log Cabin should be asking Trump to prove that he is a friend. His reaction to the Orlando shooting sure as hell does not meet that requirement. I know for a fact that Trump has gay friends and even gay employees. Log Cabin has to separate that from Trump's influence over public policy. They just do not get it. They cannot connect the dots to effective advocacy.

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