June 19, 2008
LCR gets McCain endorsement jitters?
Posted by: Chris
There appears to be some hope that the Log Cabin Republicans are having second thoughts -- or at least giving some thought -- to whether they should endorse John McCain, who opposes absolutely any and every form of gay civil rights protection. Marc Ambinder reports:
The Log Cabin Republicans aren't sure whether they plan to endorse John McCain, or whether extending a presidential endorsement is even necessary. … When I last checked with the group and with the McCain, they were working to find a mutually convenient time for McCain to meet with the LCR board.
He also attached a copy of an email sent to LCR members asking for their input on the question:
However the LCR board may feel, the national staff led by Patrick Sammon appears clearly leaning toward a McCain nod. Hopefully Log Cabin members will educate themselves about McCain's real record and pressure the board to withhold endorsement unless McCain backs away from at least his most extreme anti-gay positions.
This "inclusive leader," as LCR calls him, is night and day on gay issues as compared with Barack Obama; more so even than the differences between George W. Bush and John Kerry four years ago. Let's break it down just on the issue of relationship recognition:
- OPPOSES repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of valid state same-sex marriages, and allows anti-gay states to refuse recognition of gay marriages from other states;
- OPPOSES civil unions and even domestic partnerships;
- OPPOSES federal recognition of civil unions or DPs;
- FAVORS state constitutional amendments banning gays from marrying and recognizing gay marriages from other states;
- FAVORS state constitutional amendments banning civil unions and domestic partnerships;
- FAVORS state constitutional amendments that ban public agencies, universities, hospitals, etc from even offering D.P. benefits;
- OPPOSES judicial authority to strike down state laws that ban gays from marrying;
- OPPOSES immigration rights for gay Americans to sponsor non-American partners for residence and citizenship;
- opposes a federal marriage amendment but has said he would change his mind on that if some very open criteria are met.
- FAVORS civil unions issued by states AND federal recognition of those civil unions the same as marriages;
- FAVORS full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act;
- OPPOSES state constitutional amendments blocking gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships or DP benefits;
- SUPPORTS judicial authority to strike down state laws that ban gays from marrying;
- FAVORS immigration rights for gay Americans to sponsor non-American partners for residence and citizenship;
- OPPOSES a federal marriage amendment under any circumstances.
The only thing these two have in common on the issue is opposition in principle to the idea of gay marriage itself, an issue both agree that states -- not Congress or the president -- should be deciding anyway. While they both voted against a federal marriage amendment, McCain has of late conditioned his opposition in major ways -- a major flip-flop that LCR has to-date refused even to publicly acknowledge much less criticize.
LCR is right that the endorsement decision is "crucial" -- crucial to the organization's credibility as committed to gay civil rights.
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