Log Cabin’s latest press release puts me in a bind. On the one hand, I’m delighted that they’re taking on the congressional Democratic leadership for blocking legislation they favor. On the other hand, I oppose the legislation the Democrats are blocking.
Just a few moments ago, I learned that Log Cabin had condemned Democrats for “Derailing Hate Crimes.” According to Log Cabin, Democrats removed “the hate crimes provision from the final Defense Authorization Bill.”
There are two things to note in this, the first is about the Democrats. Here, it seems that when push comes to shove, despite the strong support (including financial contributions) they receive from gay organizations and citizens, they won’t go to bat on issues of concern to those groups.
The second is that Log Cabin is criticizing Democrats instead of taking on fellow Republicans. This is something we want to see more of.
While I oppose federal Hate Crimes legislation for a great variety of reasons, it’s nice to see Log Cabin taking the Democrats to task. Kudos to Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon for so quickly criticizing their congressional leadership. Now, let’s see if other gay leaders follow suit.