At its August 1998 national “convention” in Dallas, Texas, the leadership of Log Cabin was preparing to announce a new strategy in preparation for the 200 elections. Eager to participate in that discussion, I wrote the first (of what would become three) “Virginia Plans” where the club I then led, the Log Cabin Republican Club of Northern Virginia, would present our views of the direction, we believed, the organization should take.
Alas that there was no forum at that conclave where clubs could present their views, but my club, in voting to ratify the document, had also voted the resources to photocopy it, so I distributed it and received much positive feedback. In the following months, I would write the two remaining plans.
Thinking about those plans in the wake of an election where the victorious GOP largely ignored gay issues, I re-read them and found that much of what our club had recommended back then, GOProud was promoting in the current cycle, notably this (from the first plan):
Many of us have joined the party of Abraham Lincoln, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan because we believe that government is growing out of control. We favor a smaller government which, we believe, would better protect our freedom. It is the Republican Party which has long championed individual rights. It is our party which champions economic freedom and the free enterprise system. And it is our party which favors a sensible foreign policy and a defense strong enough to protect our legitimate national interests and so better guarantee freedom within our borders.
As soon as I figure out how to post .pdfs, I will do so, making these plans accessible to all.