Another friend of Dorothy has now become the Cowardly Lion. Instinct Magazine is reporting that the gay conservative group, Log Cabin Republicans, have officially endorsed Mitt Romney for President with the laughable statement below (if the stakes weren’t so high for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] Community):
The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole. Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity. On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents. No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney.
“…equal opportunity is ensured,”? Have they forgotten that Romney signed NOMs anti-gay, anti-marriage equality pledge. Banning access to all the rights and benefits of marriage, many that are economic, doesn’t seem equal to me.
“On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents.” I’m head scratchin on this one. Romney spokesperson Bay Buchanan just spoke of hospital visitation rights (she called them “benefits”) as being something left up to the states. We already have a parchwork quilt of laws with regards to rights and protections for LGBTs. This would on move the ball back not forward. And that statement of “more than any other Republican presidents”; is a mealy-mouthed, backbonless explaination for just voting the party line. Like Obama or not on many policies, I think the community as a whole can agree that our advances under the current Democratic President are far and away better than anything that Romney could possibly offer if he were elected.
As a Republican and even as a Democrat, you don’t always have to support your party or candidate. Voting is about choosing whom you think might be best for the job. If the person who has your party affiliation does not, then there is no shame in not endorsing or not voting for that candidate or voting for/supporting the opposing candidate. Log Cabin and GOProud seemed to have missed this common sense approach to candidates. They spout all these dreamy party line talking point phrases about the candidate that is right for the economy, while ignoring the fact that equality is about the economy.