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Schwarzenegger Will Raise Money for Gay Republicans
June 20, 2006, 5:10 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian, Log Cabin Republicans, politics

Leave it to the Log Cabin Republicans to support a politician who openly opposes gay rights.

The Log Cabin Republicans have invited Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the keynote speaker at their $250-a-plate June 29 fundraiser. “There is a better than 50-50 chance this man will be the governor of California for the next four years, and for the gay community to label somebody based on one veto is shortsighted,”said Log Cabin President Patrick Guerrero. “We thought allowing him to address these issues in a friendly setting as well as giving him a chance to get another look at who gay and lesbian families are was important both for him and for us.”

Meanwhile, the Gov. vetoed a gay marriage bill in September and openly opposes an up-and-coming bill that would require chapters from gay history to be added to public school text books in California.

This makes me physically ill. Once again, the Log Cabin Republicans – so pathetic in their desire to fit in with the boys – are blindly willing to help politicians use gay groups to soften their image with the public. As much as I understand the need for bipartisan participation in the struggle for civil rights, I don’t feel The Log Cabin Republicans have successfully leveraged their power to sway a single politician. Instead, what I see over and over again, is politicians using the Log Cabin boys to have their cake and eat it too – vote against gay rights to appease their conservate christian base while postering themselves as fiscal conservatives with groups like the Log Cabin Republicans so as to not offend socially moderate voters.

According to the Mercury News, Ron Prentice, executive director of the California Family Council, has already given Schwarzenegger the go ahead, saying he is not at risk of losing conservative voters by speaking to a gay group so long as he follows through on his promise to sink the textbook bill.

For The Log Cabin Republicans to be effective, not to mention respectable, they need to stop accepting lip service and demand the vote.

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Mary Cheney’s Book Tanks in Bookstores

According to THE ADVOCATE, Cheney’s book NOW IT’S MY TURN has sold less than 6,000 copies since its release a month ago. The book’s sales have declined each week since the release, selling a mere 574 copies for the week ending June 3. That’s a 77% drop in sales since the book released.

Simon & Schuster paid Cheney an advance of $1 million for the rights.



Log Cabin Republicans “Denounce” President Bush
June 5, 2006, 4:04 pm
Filed under: Bush, gay and lesbian, Log Cabin Republicans, politics, Uncategorized

I was wondering what the Log Cabin folks would have to say about Bush’s support of the federal marriage amendment. Just last week, they were “applauding” Bush’s banning of protestors at military funerals. Now they’re condemning him. Wonder when they’ll realize he’s not reacting to their applause and condemnations? The gay republican vote is just too small to matter to politicians, especially ones that have made it very clear they believe “god hates fags.”

In any case, hot off the presses..

An Open Letter to President Bush from Patrick Guerriero

Mr. President,

On behalf of millions of gay and lesbian Americans, I write to denounce your decision to divide the American family by promoting an amendment that would insert discrimination into the United States Constitution. Your decision to use the grounds of the White House—America’s House—to advance discrimination is an insult to millions of fair minded Americans from all walks of life.

Mr. President, gay and lesbian Americans pay taxes, contribute to community and family life across our great nation, and worship the same all-loving and compassionate God. Thousands of gay and lesbian Americans, under your command, serve proudly in our nation’s military, fighting to win the war on terror and promoting liberty across the globe. Your effort to codify discrimination against our families, including men and women in uniform while the nation is at war, is offensive and unworthy of the office of the Presidency. Great Republican Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan have united Americans and appealed to our best hopes, not our worst fears.

Wedge-issue politics may score short-term political points but will end up eroding your ability as President to unite the American people behind winning the war in Iraq, enhancing border security, advancing immigration reform, and controlling spending. Your call for “civility and decency” in this debate rings hollow because the effort to write discrimination into our Constitution is intolerant and uncivil.

While Americans deserve a chance to debate contentious issues, the constitutional amendment process you propose denies states the right to handle this issue as they deem appropriate. This proposal runs completely counter to our Party’s conservative belief in federalism. We suggest you listen to your own Vice President who has reminded us that this is an issue that should be left to the states. And, we suggest you listen to your former U.N. Ambassador and former United States Senator John Danforth (R-MO) who has called this amendment one of the silliest ever proposed in our nation’s history.

While decent Americans can respectfully disagree about how to offer fairness to our families, your White House event today further legitimizes the voices of intolerance who have made an industry out of denigrating gay and lesbian Americans. That legitimization has sadly fueled discriminatory state amendments across America that go beyond denying civil marriage equality—by denying even domestic partnerships or civil unions that allow for hospital visitation, inheritance rights, and basic dignity to life-long loving couples.

Mr. President, the White House has been the site of historic legislative triumphs that expanded liberty and opportunity for the American people—from expanding equal opportunity for women to the signing of the Civil Rights Act to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Today, you desecrate America’s House by using the White House grounds to denigrate part of the American family. History recalls those moments inAmerica’s past when our nation’s leaders expanded liberty and fairness for American citizens. History also remembers those political leaders who have stood in the doorway of equality and tolerance.

Mr. President, may God bless our great nation—and each and every American who believes in the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all Americans are created equal.



Big Surprise: Bush Backs Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

According to the AP today, Bush is predicted to state his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage on Monday, the eve of a scheduled Senate vote on the issue.

The amendment has little chance of receiving the 100 votes necessary to pass. Proponents are struggling to get even 50 votes. Several Republicans oppose the measure, believing the decision to allow gay marriage should be left up to the states, and only one Democrat supports the amendment, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

I wonder what our friends the Log Cabin Republicans have to say about their guy now? Just the other day they were applauding his signing of a law banning protestors at military funerals. (Never mind the fact that this law could also be used to ban protestors in general!)



Log Cabin Applauds President Bush for Signing New Law Banning Military Funeral Protests
May 31, 2006, 9:35 pm
Filed under: Bush, gay and lesbian, Log Cabin Republicans, Uncategorized

Okay…What are they going to do when President Bush lends his support to the “marriage amendment.” Stop applauding?

LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS
News Release
For Immediate Release

May 30, 2006

Log Cabin Applauds President Bush for Signing New Law Banning Military Funeral Protests
(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans praise President Bush for signing a new law that bans protests at the military funerals of fallen service members. “We thank President Bush for signing this legislation,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Guerriero. “This law gives the families of America’s fallen heroes the dignity and respect they deserve.”

The law became necessary after anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps and his family began a nationwide blitz of protests at the funerals of fallen service men and women. Phelps claims the fallen service members deserve their fate because of this country’s tolerance of gay and lesbian people.

The “Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act” bars protests within 300 feet of the entrance of a national cemetery and within 150 feet of a road into the cemetery. Those violating the act would face up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison. The bill overwhelmingly passed both Houses of Congress.

“Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom,” said Guerriero. “We will never forget their courage and their bravery.”

Phelps and his congregation of mostly family members have also targeted the funerals of gays and lesbians, including Matthew Shepard. They regularly condemn homosexuality, using outrageous rhetoric such as “God hates fags” to make headlines. They have protested Log Cabin and Patrick Guerriero, calling him “a faggot…worthy of the death penalty.”



Log Cabin Republicans Applaud Mary Cheney

Republican National Convention

Can YOU find Mary Cheney in this photo?

To the surprise of no one, the Log Cabin Republicans applauded Mary Cheney for sharing her story in her new tell all book, NOW IT’S MY TURN.

LCR also used this opportunity to remind all the liberal leaning gays out there that Dick Cheney – regardless of his party’s platform against gay and lesbian equality – has at least verbally supported Mary’s sexuality, recalling his comments from August 2004:

“Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our family is very familiar with. We have two daughters, and we have enormous pride in both of them…And we are blessed with both our daughters. The question that comes up with respect to the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction, or approval is going to be granted by government…Historically, that’s been a relationship that has been handled by the states. I made clear four years ago…that my view was that that’s appropriately a matter for the states to decide, that that’s how it ought to best be handled.”

For those of you out there not familiar with the LCR, basically they’re a group of mostly white, upper middle-class men who were frat boys in college when they discovered they liked to f#%$ other men, and now – resisting society’s urge to group them with the rest of us fags and dykes – they’re asserting their individuality by being Republicans, despite the fact that the Republican Party is openly hostile to gay and lesbian people (and yes, I know that it was Bill Clinton who voted in “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the first “marriage protection” act). Fellow blogger, Boi from Troy, cleverly coined LCR as the group that stands for sodomy and tax cuts. They’re like Jews for Jesus or African-Americans who voted for George Wallace back in the 60s.

And now they’re applauding the Cheney family. Which nearly works, except that in order to do so, LCR has to avoid blatant inconsistencies in Dick and Mary’s behavior. Such as Mary and her partner’s conspicuous absence from the stage during the 2000 Republican National Convention. Where was Dick and Lynne’s support of their gay daughter then?

Guess it wasn’t politically convenient.