If Howard Dean were a Republican, Log Cabin might have issued a press release attacking him for firing his party’s gay outreach advisor. According to the Washington Blade, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman yesterday “fired the party’s gay outreach advisor Donald Hitchcock less than a week after Hitchcock’s domestic partner, Paul Yandura, a longtime party activist, accused Dean of failing to take stronger action to defend gays.“
In an open letter to gay Democrats on April 20, Yandura had taken issue with Dean and his party “for not getting involved in state ballot measures seeking to ban gay marriage.” Three months ago, I noted how “Dean lied!” by closing the DNC’s GLBT outreach office — which he had promised (in his campaign for DNC chair) to keep open. After his beloved was let go, Yandura said, “This is retaliation, plain and simple . . . . This shows what they think about domestic partners.“
Log Cabin is ever so quick to criticize its own party. Now, they have a chance to show their partisan stripes and criticize the opposing party’s chairman for firing a gay man because of his partner’s actions. This after all is one thing partisan organizations do — criticize opposing parties. And Log Cabin even has Republican in its name.
Log Cabin seems eager to denounce narrow views in (& otherwise take issue with) its own party. It’s time they do the same for the opposing party.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
UP-UPDATE: Christian Grantham, another Democrat, offers his two cents on the issue here.