Log Cabin Republicans Defend Boehner, Say Obama Was "Wrong" Not To Defend DOMA
March 08, 2011 5:55 pm ET by Equality Matters staff
In what appears to be an effort to avoid the ire of their conservative allies, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) have eased off of the one issue that distinguishes them from every other GOP group: Support for LGBT equality.
The LCR has openly supported a full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), however last week executive director R. Clarke Cooper went on Hardball With Chris Matthews and supported Boehner's decision to defend DOMA in court.
Additionally, Cooper accused Obama of abdicating his duty and bringing up a controversial social issue in order to distract attention away from the economy (two claims that have already been debunked).
After repeated questioning by Matthews, Cooper even said that he believed Obama was "wrong" for refusing to defend the constitutionality of DOMA:
The question now is whether the Log Cabin Republicans will stick to their own stated principles on LGBT equality even when it means speaking truth to the powers that be in their own party. Are they simply "Republicans who happen to be gay" -- as Cooper said during the interview? Or do they stand for something more? If the Log Cabin Republicans continue to shy away from important and controversial LGBT issues in order to avoid stepping out of the party line, they risk going the way of GOProud (a group that doesn't even support marriage equality). In other words: Little more than a token of the Republican party.