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

Gay Republican group backs McCain-Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Joe in StL

    Have you SEEN the pictures of McCain and Bush hugging? Woof!

    September 2, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Todd

    Their candidate expressly says the only reason he voted against the amendment banning gay marriage is because it's a state issue. Were it to come up in AZ, he'd vote for it. That's like supporting a candidate who votes pro-choice in the sentate but pro-life as a civilian. Or like a black member of the KKK. It's ludicrous!

    September 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Nick Wright

    Nothing like cutting off your nose to spite the knife.

    September 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Are you kidding me?

    It is ridiculous to say that the highly prevalent opinion that Sarah Palin should bow out of the race and concentrate on her family matters is in any way misogynistic or anti-equal rights. Give me a break, as a parent, regardless of gender, you have a special needs infant at home, a pregnant teenager who is about to be catapulted into adulthood and an internal scandal that on the face of it reeks of power manipulation and corruption, and all of this is playing out on an international stage where the American reputation has been tattered and bruised for almost two decades because one President couldn't keep it in his pants and the other can't keep his finger off the trigger. It is foolish and downright naive to believe that the business-end of the media is not going to jump all over these story like flies to honey and stick to like glue. Are you kidding: sex, scandal and innocence all rolled into one? Sarah Palin is a goldmine for news organizations that have been faltering over the years.

    As a mother of two, who works full time and has ambitious dreams of my own, I would not and could not imagine the lack of foresight that went into this decision on all sides. John McCain, and most especially his advisers, should have known that this would have caused a distraction from his message and campaign. More importantly than that, Sarah and Todd Palin, as parents, should have taken a step back and looked at what this would do to their daughter and her future, their family dynamic with a Down's syndrome infant to care for and the country. It is not bad enough that Bristol is pregnant at 17 and about to marry her boyfriend, an arrangement that has been proven over and over again to result in bitter divorce, but she will now have to weather being the but of late night comedians, radio talk show fodder, editorials, op-eds from both sides, etc. without the benefit of her mother at her side. Does she really think that she can be there for her daughter and help run a country of 380 million people? This has nothing to do with Sarah Palin's anatomy, but it certainly has an enormous amount to do with her priorities as a parent, and her ability to make decisions that affect other people as a leader in this country. On both counts, in my mind and as a feminist, she fails miserably. Worst of all, she is making those of us that actually have our priorities in order look bad.

    Shame on John McCain and shame on Sarah Palin.

    September 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. PG

    O X I M O R O N!

    September 2, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. MC- Atlanta,GA

    As a Gay Democrat ; I can honestly say that Gay Republican's are a total Joke, period.

    September 2, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. April in Texas

    While its your choice to support republicans, If they get elected I wonder just how many choices the american people will still have. Seems like they are borderline on taking away my freedom to choose as a woman anyway.

    September 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. elle from California

    kudo for you to be able to put country first.

    Just like me, I'm not religious and I'm pro-choice but above all, I think we need to be fiscally conservative if we want to have any chance at all to keep our economy dominance in the world map.

    There is no way one leader can please anyone. One has to question that if Barack Obama is truly the maverick and push tough reform, how come he doesn't get opposition from his own party that represents the status quo? The fact that conservative has doubts about McCain always confirm my belief that McCain is a country first leader and a great character.

    September 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Craig A Texas Democrat


    September 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Alex

    mccain, won't are trying to represent like .5% of the gay community

    September 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. J-Syxx

    they sound like rich traitors to me who can afford to sell out

    September 2, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Joseph, Los Angeles

    The most hated group in America endorses the party that hates them the most. Go figure....

    September 2, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. kayla

    concervatives could not care less for anybody other than themselves. except when they want to use you for your votes

    September 2, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I take it that this group never delt with hate crime

    September 2, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Caring

    This is the saddest's like being a vegetarian and raising cows for slaughter! Absolutely ridiculous!

    September 2, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. What?

    "We can open the Republican Party to gay", RIGHT, that's like saying vote for the person for their moral values, not their skin color....

    Keep believing in dreams while you are awake....................

    September 2, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. FemaleDemInsultedbyMcPalin

    This is insane! That's like me, a black woman supporting the KKK! Republicans don't want gays to EXIST!

    September 2, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Happy in Oregon

    You're joking right? McCain is anti-gay to the hilt and so is Palin. Log Cabin was created by and for the wealthy Republican gays. You have no choice but to spout that you want McCain. I bet more of your group pull that lever for Obama on the big day because Obama is for gay marriage.

    September 2, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. SCOTT


    September 2, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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