April 16th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
3 years ago

McCains lend a hand to gay Republican group

Meghan McCain is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage.
Meghan McCain is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage.

(CNN) – Log Cabin Republicans are getting some support from the McCain family.

Cindy and Meghan McCain will make an appearance at the gay rights organization's four day convention in Washington, which kicks off Thursday night.

"Of all the causes I believe in and speak publicly about, this is one of the ones closest to my heart," Meghan McCain, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, wrote in the Daily Beast this week. "If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric."

Steve Schmidt, former senior strategist for John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and manager of Arnold Schwarzenegger's gubernatorial reelection campaign in 2006, will also be in attendance. Schmidt will be speaking about the 2008 election and the GOP's comeback agenda.

In an interview Thursday with CNN, LCR Spokesperson Charles Moran said the organization is lobbying New York Republicans to help pass the same-sex marriage law championed by the state's Democratic Gov. David Paterson.

"We have people on the ground, we're identifying our bases of support, looking at our polling, looking at our research, so that we can be ready to assist the marriage coalition in New York with targeting those crucial GOP votes," Moran told CNN.

The group is also working on identifying the Republican players who will serve as the face of their organization's mission.

Moran citied Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Mormon Republican who has called for the adoption of civil unions, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who acknowledged that gay Republicans have a place at the party's table.

"These are the types of leaders and luminaries within the Republican party," Moran said. "The party must move forward and regardless of where you are in the conservative spectrum, you definitely can be conservative and an openly gay Republican in this political climate."

"We don't just talk the talk but we actually are providing the boots on the ground, we're making those calls, and we're loyal Republicans," he said.

soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Rob Johnson

    Oh boy, the McCains are really going to have the Palin/Limbaugh crowd seeing red over this one.

    Good for them for showing that not all Republicans are closed-minded bigots with no tolerance for people who don't look and think exactly like they do.

    April 16, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Seth

    Obamalism, I feel the same way as you do, you put it better than I could.

    April 16, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Sheppy

    OMG! They want to create their own party! Sorry McCains, you don't like the liberal ways, remember? Were horrible people that care about others whether their a minority, poor, pro-gay rights and believe abortions should be up to the individual. The Democrat party is already taken sweeties! You can join us if you like, but stop lying just to win an election. Palin has rubbed off on you with her LIES, now and during the election.

    April 16, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Kyle

    A gay republican group? Does anyone else see any irony in that?

    April 16, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Chris in Va.

    Isn't being a gay Republican akin to being a Jewish Nazi?

    April 16, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Mike

    Good for her. Republicans need to stop pretending "the gays"are Americas worst enemy to apease the ignorant religious community.

    April 16, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Kudos to Cindy and Meghan. I think you can give up hope on the GOP - they are a party of haters with no ideas. The vitriol that comes from their leaders (Rush, Hannity, Coulter, and the gang) is breathtaking (and not in a good way).

    May there be a day when true equality reins in the US!

    From a straight, white, lower middle class gal, working two jobs in WA state, I wish the best for ALL our citizens.

    You go girls!

    April 16, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. jonathan F.

    Any political party that has the hatred of one group of people
    as one of it's core values has got real problems.
    Faith and Acceptance are christian values.
    Hatred and Intolerance are not.

    I applaud Cindy McCain for taking the lead in good
    old-fashioned American idealism where this country's strength
    comes from it's diversity.

    Gay people should get the same rights, and priveleges,
    treatment and respect as every other american.
    We pay the same taxes you do.

    April 16, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Joe in Austin

    Go Meghan!

    April 16, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. creatures of de-evolve

    I used to consider myself a republican because at the time I thought they were for individual freedom and less government. Since Newt's "Contract on America" and the Repub sucking up to religious bigots I have found them to be the opposite of me.
    Ms McCain is on the right track, but she is alone at this time.

    April 16, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. dumbocrat alert

    McCain, the person who destroyed the Republican party.

    April 16, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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