Obama Gay Marriage Support Could Cause Some Log Cabin Republicans To Abandon GOP

May 11 2012 Published by under Featured News

When President Obama said in an interview with ABC News:

 ”At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Obama once opposed such marriages. He later indicated his views were “evolving.”

“I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient,” the president said. “I was sensitive to the fact that — for a lot of people — that the word marriage is something that provokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.”

Both the left and right jumped up.

The left jumped up and said: finally or hell yes or that’s our president while the right jumped up and said: OH MY GOD, or as Fox News put it, a war on marriage.

But there is another side on the right who were in total shock and may jump ship from the Republican National Committee and they are the Log Cabin Republicans. After the President announced his opinion on same sex marriage, the very first thing that came from the Log Cabin Republican was this quote:

“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans executive director. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”

But comments from members donating to the Log Cabin Republicans were as follow:

Jake WRONG. President Barack Obama is THE pro-equality candidate. He delivers and will continue to deliver. Mitt Romney, if president, would not…just ask him yourself. Obama 2012!
22 hours ago via mobile · Like · 19

Eamon How many people are going to ‘like’ this bitter queen press release before the end of the day? How many of those people voted for the guy who called for a constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality? How many of them will vote for the guy running for president who calls for a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage? It really sucks to be a gay Republican right now, but does LCR have to throw a public hissy fit and piss on other people’s parade? Of course they do.
22 hours ago via mobile · Like · 13

Tommy credit where credits due. Prez Obama has my respect after today, but he still ain’t getting my vote.
22 hours ago via mobile · Like · 3

Russ Shame on you. Big picture. You guys will regret this.
22 hours ago · Like · 10

Rob, your boy Obama is agaisnts [sic] gay marriage just like Romney.
22 hours ago via mobile · Like

Bryan. The only candidate who is vocally in support of gay rights and marriage equality.
22 hours ago · Like

Jake, where have you been for the past 30 minutes dude? Look at my wall.
22 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1

Brandon No more support for the republican party from me anymore!
22 hours ago via mobile · · 6

And with the passage of Amendment 1 in North Carolina, the LGBTQ community on the right are actually jumping ship.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn’t want to talk about gay marriage. When asked his opinion of same sex marriage or civil unions, Boehner said that what is more important is job. Boehner may oppose same sex marriage but he is mum on the subject.

Then 20 hours ago, the LCR wrote this in Facebook: “Obama has adopted the same position that Vice President Dick Cheney did in 2004, when Cheney said he believed in marriage equality but that the states should be allowed to decide.”

Sharma we dont need to ask permission to love or to marry, govt needs out of it.
21 hours ago · Like · 1
Deidre is that the sort of tolerance you expect from others? Way to set an example.
21 hours ago · Like · 7
John So it’s ok for the states to make laws that are unconstitutional just not the federal government. What a pathetic answer and very similar to Ron Paul’s stand!

21 hours ago · Like · 4

Dave Bitter much, Log Cabin Republicans?
21 hours ago via mobile · Like · 7

Josh It is hilarious to me that you’re suggesting that Obama is following in Cheney’s footsteps on this issue. How ridiculous. Yes, Cheney did personally support it– while the Bush-Cheney campaign not only demonized it, but leveraged this EXACT issue to harness homophobic energy toward winning the general election. The fact that Cheney supported gay marriage on a personal level while simultaneously leveraging opposition to it on a political level is really, really scummy. It is absurd that you consider him a trailblazer on this topic.
21 hours ago · Like · 17

Ty I am not sure if I would categorize Bush/Chaney as demonizing it but they definitely did not come out and support while running for election either time. That shows me how far we have to go to get the government out of our personal lives gay or straight!
21 hours ago · Like

Josh They didn’t demonize it? Huh? Are you not aware of Karl Rove’s strategy– to leverage the issue to turnout conservative voters in many states? Yes, the campaign demonized it and used it. And Cheney was OK with that– because he has no principles.
21 hours ago · Like · 9

Calida this is the way it was intended, states should have to compete for voter(taxpayers) and if the people don’t like dishing out inequality they can change it.
21 hours ago · Like

Jackie  And your response to Romney’s statement is…?
21 hours ago · Like · 6

Matthew Ugh.
21 hours ago · Like

Then the latest post by Log Cabin Republicans on Facebook:

Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clarke Cooper talks about the freedom to marry, the 2012 election, and Log Cabin Republicans endorsement process.
And the comments? Albeit four
John you’ve [President of Log Cabin Republicans] lost all credibility. Just give up talking about marriage equality.
2 hours ago · Like ·
LikeCandy Time for you to be MEN and THANK the POTUS instead of pouting like babies!

2 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2

Drew He’s still talking? But no ones listening anymore.
2 hours ago via mobile ·

LikeShelly Wow, is this a guy a politician? He sure did do a great job of side stepping that question…
54 minutes ago · Like
It seems that even the Log Cabin members are in a pickle and have no where to turn. Therefore, there are groups of liberals offering an olive branch to the Log Cabin members to join the Democratic Party and to make sure that same sex marriage is a right and not something comparable to that of bestiality or from Satan.

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