September 2nd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
10 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. Anonymous

    Wowww, people will truly do ANYTHING to ensure that we don't have a black man in the white house. America hasn't changed at all in the last 200 years.

    September 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Jeb

    This is really bizzare, and probably represents only 0.05 percent of the gay population.

    September 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Jules

    Are these guy really gay? Do they realize that McCain-Palin will do nothing but snub there noses at them because Gays do not fit into their "mold of Morals"

    They offer nothing to the gay population, hence my questions are these really gay supporters or Karl Rove's invention.

    September 2, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Katy

    Idiots...don't they realize their party hates them and thinks they're all going to hell?

    September 2, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Dexter in Houston TX

    Big deal, what's that about 5 more votes for McCain...whoopee!

    September 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. anyonmous

    just shut up about backing mccain why dont you back obama for a change mccain vp pick is not ready to step in and be president

    September 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Lance

    How can u back McCain/Palin when they consistantly vote against gay rights and are without a doubt the most corrupt duo since Bush/Cheney, and that's saying alot.

    Governor Palin's resume: 'Fringe' Alaskan Secessionist Party Member… Almost Recalled As Mayor… Directed Fundraising For Indicted Senator Ted Steven's 527… Troopergate Scandal… Calls Iraq A War For Oil… Admits She Hasn't 'Really Focused On Iraq '… Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a messianic affair in which the United States could act out the will of the Lord…Alaska National Guard General: Palin Plays No Role In National Defense….was for bridge to nowhere before against it…secured 27 million in earmarks and pork for Alaska small town even though she is against and
    is a maverick…calls Sen. Clinton a "whiner", approval rating 65%, not
    85% as told by Republicans when first announced as vp candidate.

    "Eight is Enough!"

    September 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. An Independent Hillary

    The political news keeps getting stranger by the hour...

    September 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. California Gold

    So this group is backing McCain because of one issue? How does that sit with GLBs in the military who are living in secret? Aren't there other issues at national political level of importance too?

    I hope he embraces John McCain and makes his endorsement a matter of public record in front of a cadre of photographers.

    September 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. Scott

    Just a bunch of self hating gays thinking with their wallet instead of their head. They don't represent me.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    September 2, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Lee from FL

    lol...are they serious?

    September 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. ChicagoJosh

    no word yet on whether their endorsement was accepted. they were definitly not allowed inside the convetion, except maybe the bathroom stalls....

    September 2, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Bob

    Very inclusive Republican is an Oxymoron.

    September 2, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |

    "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."

    Interesting. So I guess all this talk about lowering taxes for big oil and increasing America's deficit is for the "good of the country"? That type of attitude has really helped our reputation across the globe so far, huh?

    Someone please explain to me why republicans, whose policies have absolutely destroyed this country's prosperity in less than 8 years, still fight history by wanting more of failed ideas? Think for yourselves...not what your parents/grandparents told you.

    September 2, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Rachel

    That's sweet, but I'm sure the republicans really could care less whether you support them or not.

    I will say this again....PEOPLE PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELVES....don't buy into the foolish. Do your homework before voting for or supporting a candidate.

    September 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. jill

    all seven gay and lesbian republicans support mccain. whohoo.

    September 2, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. The Dollar First

    Some people only know how to think with their wallets. They must all have money.

    September 2, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |

    If these folks support the very person who will attack and look down on them, then what does that say about they themselves?


    September 2, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Walt

    And the hypocrisy continues. Log Cabin Republicans MUST be the most self-loathing group on the planet. How they can endorse the McCain/Palin ticket? It is about as bizarre as it gets. Perhaps they want to be viewed as sinful, unequal and so unworthy and dangerous that they ought not to be able to teach in public schools. a straight, married man who believes in fairness and justice for all citizens, I cannot imagine what is wrong with this group.

    September 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. Spin

    He should speak at the convention.

    September 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. randy from canada

    evangelicals and "gays" supporting this ticket?

    isn't there a saying that goes like "when pigs fly"?

    it seems that since the Palin pick, McCain has become the "new" messiah....



    September 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Stephen Henning

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    "Congress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof [of religion]"

    I am a staunch republican. However, I believe that "all men" includes gays and lesbians, and that our Creator has endowed them with the same rights to "Liberty" and "pursuit of Happiness" as the rest of our citizenry.

    Our constitution should NOT be amended so as to dictate how every religion defines marriage. "Marriage" is a word with religious roots and origins, and as such has no place in our constitution or laws, but should be left to be defined by the various religions, thereby allowing the expression of religious freedom through denominational definitions of the "sanctity of marriage," which we may subscribe to if, and as, we wish, as provided for in our Constitution.

    Our Constitution and our government(s) should be involved only in legal "domestic partnerships," which can be entered into by any two consenting adults, leaving "marriage" for our various religions and denominations to define for their adherents.

    If we can transition to this type of thinking, we can open the Republican Party to gay but otherwise conservative citizens, while acknowledging and validating the right of the "religious right" to their religious beliefs regarding marriage.

    I make these statements on behalf of my late cousin, Del, who was Republican, Christian, and gay, and as an ally to some very fine gay and lesbian citizen friends...

    September 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Joanne Hollinger

    Inclusive. Are you kidding? There is no way this community will see any advancement at all with this party at the helm. They are mainly puppets to the far right religious fringe. I'm a Christian with a gay son. He's actually talking about moving to Canada if this pair gain office, feeling there will be nothing for him in this country. Any chance at all for any kind of rights rests solely with the Democratic party.

    Joanne from Washington Boro PA

    September 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    You make Senator Craig, Pastor Haggard, and Jeff Gannon PROUD!

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. Ian

    Wait just a second. I thought ALL Republicans were gay.

    September 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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