Yesterday, the Log Cabin Republicans announced their endorsement of John McCain for President. They made the announcement at the Republican National Convention, which is currently underway in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as in a press release.
In the release, the Log Cabin Republicans called Sen. McCain an “inclusive Republican who is focusing the GOP on unifying core principles that appeal to independent voters.” Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon also noted that his organization has “honest disagreements with Sen. McCain on a number of gay rights issues,” and said that they will “continue our conversation with him and other Republican leaders about issues affecting gay and lesbian Americans." He continued by saying, "We will speak out when there’s disagreement—either during the upcoming campaign or when John McCain is President.”
Many progressive LGBT bloggers were critical of the endorsement. Pam Spaulding, from Pam’s House Blend, was quick to offer her reaction, and other bloggers including Joe.My.God., Good As You and Towleroad, were among the first to respond to the endorsement.
The Stonewall Democrats also issued a statement in response to the endorsement, saying “ we cannot more strongly disagree with supporting Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin. John McCain and Sarah Palin continue to push a radical, anti-equality agenda at the request of the special interests which control their campaign and the Republican Party.” The Human Rights Campaign also released a statement from President Joe Solmonese on their blog, saying, "The Human Rights Campaign endorses mavericks on both sides of the aisle — neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin is among them."
With entertainment and news media currently in a frenzy over recent revelations related to Governor Palin, it is good to see that both CNN and Reuters are covering the endorsement, though both articles would have been strengthened by the presence of other voices from within the LGBT community. Whether more media outlets will continue to cover these issues and include voices of both Republican and Democratic LGBT community members remains to be seen.