Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney for President
The Log Cabin Republicans announced Tuesday that they will endorse GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for president, according to the organization’s website.
"The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole," Log Cabin Republican’s executive director, R. Clarke Cooper, said. "Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority. We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity."
"On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents," he added, "No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney."
In 2007, the Log Cabin Republicans, which claims to advocate equal rights for the LGBT community within the Republican Party, ran ads slamming Romney for his strict views and said he was what is wrong with the Republican Party, the New York Times points out.
Nevertheless, members of the organization are now standing by Romney, who has changed his views on LGBT rights a number of times during his 18-year political career. Initially, the former governor of Massachusetts supported gay rights in 1994 when he was running for the U.S. Senate. During that race, he said he would be even more pro gay rights than his opponent, the late Sen. Teddy Kennedy.
"As a result of our discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent," he wrote to Log Cabin at the time.
Romney was governor of Massachusetts when the state legalized gay marriage. He made a few efforts to curtail its implementation, but eventually gave up any efforts and carried out the court’s orders.