Driving into St. Paul this morning, I got a call from a Washington Blade reporter who asked about my reception at the convention and my read of the Log Cabin endorsement.
I told him I thought the endorsement was huge, particularly given the group’s failure to back the GOP presidential nominee four years ago.
This endorsement also shows that gay Republicans are united behind our party’s nominee. Indeed, in my experience both as a leader in Log Cabin and a gay Republican blogger, I have observed two basic types of gay Republicans, one the more vocal, the other more representative of the broad swath of gay conservatives.
The former, I would call “gay rights'” Republicans, many of whom want the GOP to take a stand on gay issues. Log Cabin does a good job of representing these guys. Â Some of them may have pinched their nose and voted for Bush four years ago, but they were reluctant to support him publicly.
The other, the category in which I count myself, I would define merely as Republicans who happen to be gay. Basically libertarian, we’re content to have the party focus on its core conservative principles and just want the state to live alone. Â We don’t believe we need gay-specific policies. Â We supported Bush four years–and were willing to say so publicly. Â We didn’t thinkÂ he was perfect, but generally supported his record, particularly on national security issues.
We contend, indeed as the evidence shows, private institutions will adapt to respond to social changes without government prodding. Even during the supposedly anti-gay Bush Administration, things have improved for gay people with more states recognizing same-sex unions, more corporations offering domestic partnership benefits and adopting non-discrimination policies and great social acceptance of gay people. Simply put, we can live more openly today than we could ten years ago.
All that said, the important thing is that both groups of gay Republicans are united behind the GOP ticket this year. That’s why this endorsement is huge. Let’s hope more news outlets than Yahoo! take note.