For as long as I have been out and amongst gay Republicans, I have heard my partisan and philosophical peers clamoring for a conservative alternative to HRC and the other left-leaning gay groups based in our nation’s capital.
These iconoclastic gays were concerned that Log Cabin had become too cozy with these groups. Many left the organization in the 1990s and stayed further away in the early to mid-2000s when the national board seemed more interested in securing the favor of the gay establishment than in standing for conservative principles.
This tension — between a Log Cabin board hesitant to distinguish itself from HRC et al. and (most) rank-and-file gay conservatives — came to a head in 2009 when Chris Barron laid the groundwork for GOProud. Perhaps because of the success of this fledgling organization in attracting media attention (and financial support), Log Cabin, under Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper, started sounding increasingly Republican.
Gay conservatives and Republicans benefit wit two vibrant right-of-center gay organizations providing a free-market alternative to the various “equality” groups.
Instead, however, of allowing the tension between the two groups serve to spur each to promote more aggressively conservative ideas and demonstrate how such ideas benefit gay people, the national leadership of Log Cabin is ostracizing one of its chapters, ostensibly because the group invited GOProud’s leadership to its annual dinner:
Saying that the leadership of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, especially longtime chapter president Rob Schlein, have “engaged in a consistent pattern of behavior that detracts from the mission of our organization,” national Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper announced this week that the previous Dallas chapter has been de-chartered, and a new chapter created.
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Schlein said he believes “the Dallas chapter was kicked out after inviting [GOProud co-founders] Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia to speak at our [upcoming] Grand Old Party.
Guess inclusion just don’t win when it comes to Log Cabin’s internal affairs.