Whenever a prominent Republican does something which offends the sensibilities of the politically correct gay Ã©lite, they rush to release a statement condemning said individual in particular and the Republican Party in geneeral. At times, they do with good reason as a number of Republicans over the years have said some pretty obnoxious things about gay people and proposed some pretty odious policies.
But, when a Republican shows a degree of tolerance for gay Americans, indicating perhaps that he (or she) believes we should welcome gays into the party’s ranks, he is met mostly by silence from the major gay organizations. Yeah, a few might say something ever once in a while, especially if the MSM picks up on it, but their words seem forced, perfunctory.Â And to be sure, some of the left-of-center gay blogs will pick up the story. Towleroad and Queerty have a pretty good record on things like this.
How many gay organizations, for example, praised Mary Cheney for giving more money to defeat Proposition 8 than did Matt Foreman, the immediate past executive director of the far left National Gay and Lesbian Task Force?
On the whole, any openness a prominent Republican shows to gay men and lesbians does not draw the attention as does intolerance. It simply doesn’t fit their narrative of narrow-minded Republicans.
And sometimes, Log Cabin, an ostensibly Republican organization, eager to join the chorus of criticism of a politically incorrect Republican, remains silent when a prominent Republican reaches out to gays.
In today’s Washington Blade, two former Log Cabin officials, Christopher Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, provide yet another example of this phenomenon. After the new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele indicated opposition to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage and his support for “legal protections for gay couples,” he was met by silence from leading gay organizations:
What did the leadership of the nation’s LGBT advocacy organizations have to say about this important breakthrough? Nothing. Not one word of praise from the Human Rights Campaign. Even Log Cabin, the supposed voice of gay Republicans, was silent.
Not surprisingly, all the leading LGBT groups were quick to slam Steele a few weeks ago when, on an obscure talk radio show, he said that the GOP was not likely to officially endorse passing civil unions legislation. Log Cabin fired off a news release attacking Steele and HRC’s Joe Solmonese penned an opinion piece in Politico forcefully condemning Steele. HRC’s attacks were sad but predictable; their leadership appears comfortable in the role of lap dog for the Democratic Party. The silence by Log Cabin’s current leadership, however, is a shameful betrayal of its mission and of its grassroots members.
As HRC has become a lap dog for the Democratic Party, has Log Cabin, with the departure of Patrick Sammon, become a lap dog for the other gay organizations?
It would be nice if these gay organizations could put aside their preference for partisan politics and take note of the real progress gay people are making — in both political parties. Were these groups not so beholden to their narrative of an intolerant GOP, they might see how quickly things are improving for people like us.