Republican homosexual group endorses Romney: cites possible support for nondiscrimination bill
Washington, D.C. October 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews) – The homosexual Log Cabin Republicans group have endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after an October 17 meeting in Virginia.
The meeting between Romney and the homosexual group, which reportedly lasted only fifteen minutes, was closed to the press and not announced in advance.
According to reports, the meeting focused on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which, if passed, could force faith-based institutions and schools to hire open homosexuals. There was some speculation in the media that Romney secured the group’s endorsement by promising to support the bill; however, neither Romney’s campaign nor the Log Cabin group have confirmed any commitment regarding the legislation.
“He gave us a firm personal view of opposing workplace discrimination without endorsing ENDA specifically,” said Log Cabin Republican Jim Kolbe, who attended the meeting.
Log Cabin Republican’s executive director R. Clarke Cooper told The Washington Blade: “I can say with confidence that the Romney administration would work on desirable outcomes for workplace non-discrimination.”
“I’m going to leave it broad like that because I think there’s room for administrative action as well as legislative,” he continued. “I also think it’s probably fair to say that legislation in a form of an ENDA or an ENDA-like legislation is certainly realistic.”
The secretive nature of the meeting concerned some conservative observers. “If Governor Romney gives up any ground on ENDA that is a huge problem for social conservatives,” Bryan Fischer, president of the American Family Association, told Ben Adler of The Nation. Added Fischer, “ENDA will do to every Christian businessman in America what Obama’s abortion mandate does to hospitals, which is robs them of religious freedom and freedom of conscience and their constitutional right to freedom of association.”
Fischer called for Romney to issue a “clear and unambiguous” denial of support for ENDA.
The Log Cabin Republicans, who called their backing of Romney “a qualified endorsement,” pledged to spend most of their time and resources on Congressional and Senate campaigns, not on Romney. They released a statement highlighting what they see as President Obama’s failures on issues critical to all Americans, and praised Romney’s economic platform while seeking to minimize the importance of his positions on homosexual issues.
The group criticized Obama for ramming his “expensive and intrusive” health care bill through the legislature, and blamed him for the U.S.’s declining credit rating and rising debt.
“Our nation is in a financial crisis,” they wrote, “and we are in desperate need of a change in course.”
“If LGBT issues are a voter’s highest or only priority, then Governor Romney may not be that voter’s choice,” the group admitted.
The endorsement provoked outrage and threats from homosexual activists on the left, who object to Romney’s support for a federal amendment affirming the traditional definition of marriage, along with his support for the Defense of Marriage Act.
President Obama, on the other hand, has aggressively courted the homosexual vote. Earlier this year he came out in support of homosexual “marriage,” and he has instructed his administration not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Log Cabin Republicans program director Casey Pick wrote in the LGBT Weekly, “I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve been called a ‘Jew for Hitler’ since the announcement, and certain ‘gay rights activists’ have gone so far as to threaten physical violence if a Log Cabin Republican dares to show his or her face at a gay bar this weekend. We’ve even heard rumors of a bounty.”
“As too often happens,” he lamented, “the bullied have become bullies themselves.”
Log Cabin Republicans isn’t the only homosexualist organization to endorse Romney. Earlier this summer GOProud also gave Romney their endorsement. GOProud also focused on economic issues in their endorsement.