Yesterday afternoon, I — and all those on Log Cabin’s listserv — received an e-mail from Patrick Sammon, Executive Vice President of Log Cabin on the Mark Foley “scandal.” On the whole, I thought it was a solid letter. He joins us and many others in calling the former Congressman’s behavior “despicable,” but made clear that his “sexual orientation is irrelevant to this story. . . . His behavior was shameful whether he is gay or straight.”
He noted something I feared would happen that “anti-gay groups have used this awful situation to push their divisive agenda.” And he shares my belief that “Unduly politicizing this situation will backfire on Democrats.”
But, importantly to us, Patrick has come out squarely against “outing:”
We also criticize those who are using this scandal to push heir outing efforts of gay Republicans. Log Cabin unequivocally opposes outing. I am unaware of a single forced outing that led to passage of one piece of pro-gay legislation. Coming out on your own terms with courage is a positive catalyst for change. Forced outings don’t advance our movement because they’re motivated by vengeance and they distract us from what’s really important. Those who are trying to out gay Republicans should be ashamed.
Exactly. Just three days ago Bruce noted Log Cabin’s silence on the “List” of gay Republican staffers. We’re delighted that Log Cabin has finally taken a clear stand on this issue.