September 2nd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Gay Republican group backs McCain-Palin

Log Cabin Republican member David Valkema, a director of a fine arts foundation in Chicago Illinois.
Log Cabin Republican member David Valkema, a director of a fine arts foundation in Chicago Illinois.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – A group of gay and lesbian Republicans Tuesday endorsed Sen. John McCain, saying his “inclusive” philosophy is exactly the direction the GOP needs to win in the future.

The Log Cabin Republicans endorsed McCain at an event in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, despite his opposition to same-sex marriage.

“He’s a very inclusive Republican, a different type of Republican,” Patrick Sammon, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, said “At the same time we have honest disagreements on some issues.”

In making its endorsement, the group pointed to the Arizona senator’s opposition to a federal constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as being a man and a woman. The amendment has strong support from social conservatives and would have reversed the decisions by Massachusetts, California and New Jersey to allow same-sex marriages.

“That took a lot courage for a senator from a red state to buck his own party,” Scott Tucker, the Log Cabin Republicans’ communications director, said.

While McCain personally opposes same-sex marriage, he voted against the amendment because he believes the issues should be left to the states.

“John McCain stood up for us… and I want to stand up for John McCain,” said David Valkema, a director of a fine arts foundation in Chicago Illinois. “He doesn’t care about my sexuality. He cares that I am an American.”

“He’s teachable,” Valkema added.

Noting that the Arizona Republican has had a long-standing relationship with the Log Cabin Republicans, Tucker said the party should embrace McCain’s inclusive style of politics – and open itself to the possibility of same-sex marriage – if it wants to return to its winning ways.

“Clearly the tide is turning.” Tucker said, noting public opinion polls that a majority of Americans support same-sex marriages or civil unions. “It’s important for the Republican Party to be inclusive on this issue because we are risk of being on the wrong side of history.”

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Don

    As a gay man, since when is any Republican inclusive to any in the GLBT community. I don't always agree with the Democrats, but at least they don't hate the GLBT community.

    September 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Greg

    It's appaling when people vote against their best interests.

    September 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Kristy

    Hilarious. This group must not give a darn about their own rights!

    Obama was the one with the guts to include homosexual rights in his convention speech. I'd roll over dead of shock of McCain EVER stood up for the gay community!

    Is this a group of straight Republicans just pretending to be gay to make headlines or something?

    I'm so confused.

    September 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. WOWWOW

    R I G H T--- O N-----R I G H T----–O N

    I N C L U S I V E--–R E F O R M E R----M A V E R I C K----

    H O N E S T---C O U N T R Y--–A B O V E--P A R T Y

    September 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Nova from NV

    Opposing the constitution amendment is just another sticking point which John manage to piss the conservative wing of his party. Well, what can you do.... the man is an independent thinker who puts his country first.

    September 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Dj

    Wow... the second most hated group in america endorses their most admant oppressors... Somebody please help me understand this.

    September 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Jay

    Not all of us Gay Men are that Stupid! They represent like 5% of us.

    September 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. A recovering Republican

    And what is the moose killing, NRA, evangical christian's, anti-choice, abstinance only school based sex education, ear marking seeker, vindictive power monger, human caused global warming denier think of gays? They ought to ask her very publically what her position is and then see if they really think that she is the best of all choices to be their VP.

    10 years sober

    September 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    WELL, THEY DON'T SUPPORT YOU IN RETURN

    September 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Louis

    These Republicans must still be living in actual log cabins if they think McCain is significantly progressive on gender issues. Think people, think!!

    September 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. gramsci3000

    Shocker: Republicans more concerned about wallets than social justice. Let's party like it's 1999!

    September 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. David

    John McCain voted against the defense of marriage act while actively supporting legislation to ban same-sex marriage in Arizona. The only difference between John McCain and George Bush here is that John McCain prefers his intolerance and discrimination on a state level rather than federal. Guess it's more 'personal' that way . . .

    September 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. OBAMA&BIDEN 2008

    So I'm sure they have a spot for you to speak openly at the RNC Convention, right David?

    September 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. thomas

    Sexuality is not an issue except for those who make it one. Your ball, CNN.

    September 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Marie in California

    Smart move. Several people I know in the gay community are also backing McCain-Palin. They, like me, realize you choose the best person, you can never get a candidate you agree with on everything, that compromises have to be made, that you have to put the good of the country over self-interest, and that it is sheer folly to be a "single issue" voter.

    Tucker is also right when he says the tide is turning. Progress is being made, gradually, for the rights of gay individuals.

    Similarly, after 35 years, Row v Wade isn't going anywhere. It was put in place during the Nixon administration and has weathered 20 more years of Republican presidencies (Reagan, Bush I and Bush II). However, both the Democratic and Republican parties like to wave the issue around to stoke fear in the hearts of their followers and make them more compliant regarding other matters. Both parties use the gay marriage issue the same way.

    McCain-Palin – 2008

    September 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Clutch the Pearls

    Patrick Sammon –

    Ms. Palin would cast you out of Sodom and Gomorrah ... she would stone you to death and cite the Old Testament as justification. That's why the rightwing evangelicals are embracing her.

    McCain is 72 years old and at risk .... you'd be wise to vote your self interests.

    September 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Amy

    And this is a group of what?....two?
    OBAMA in 2008!

    September 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Michael-NYC

    ANY LGBT CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO VOTES FOR MCCAIN/PALIN NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR HEAD EXAMINED!!!

    September 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Breck

    I agree.... These people are deluded. Palin is his VP, and she's a typical extreme anti-gay rightist.

    September 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Ishi

    We better make sure they are really gay...if they are and they support the republican ticket, they don't even deserve to be in a headline.

    September 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. oops i did it

    that's like me, an African American selling tickets to a Klan convention...dude it OK to be gay...stop hating yourself

    September 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Kara

    McCain is teachable?!?!?!...He's 73 years old for heaven's sake! Teachable! Get real, just another ploy from the Republicans trying to prove they love everybody until the voting is over. OBAMA in 2008!

    September 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Arkansas Undertaker

    LOL!!!!

    GAY REPUBLICANS--Talk about redundant!!!!!
    You have got to be kidding me. Yeah vote for the person that hates and demeans you! Way to go guys!!!

    September 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. American

    So they are happy with Palin's view that being gay or lesbian is simply a choice, like which pair of shoes to put on in the morning? Sad.

    September 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "it's appaling when people vote against their best interests"

    Yeah but it gets you on CNN!

    September 2, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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