Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gay Republican Groups Endorse Romney?

In all of my years blogging (and long before), I've never sussed out what makes gay Republicans tick. I mean, I was one in my youth, nominally. I voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984 and George H. W. Bush in 1988. And even though I voted mostly Democrat after the tragically anti-gay 1992 Republican National Convention, I don't think I changed my party affiliation until maybe 2004? But, I was never a died-in-the-wool conservative and/or Republican. I was a moderate, and identified as R only because my family always did.

But that '92 convention, with the always disgusting Pat Buchanan turned me to the left. And the right kept pushing me there. Or rather, the Republicans kept going so far to the right, that my moderate positions are now--by comparison--left wing. As a gay man, I of course identify much more strongly with progressive ideals, liberal politics. Conservatives always seem like they're trying to "out-mean" each other. While the "far left" (really just "the left") can rub me the wrong way with hyper-sensitivity, political correctness, green-this and that, and all of the stereotypes, I'd much rather cast my lot with them than with a party that in its platform actively wishes to discriminate against me. 

Mitt's "support" for gays goes way back. Image
from New Now Next.

So, what are we to make of conservative gay groups? Their very existence hinges upon two things, a) being gay and b) conservatism. The Log Cabin Republicans are a gay first, conservative second kind of group for the most part. GOProud--though it has the gayer sounding name--is more a big C conservative, tiny g gay group. Both of them have endorsed Mitt Romney. I don't understand why. At all. At all. At all. And I was going to write more than just this introduction telling you why. But you know what? Part of being a good blogger is knowing when there are better bloggers, and here is what John Aravosis of AmericaBlog (one of my inspirations to start blogging) with what amounts to my take on this odd phenomenon, but with much better writing.


Gay GOP group: Vote for Romney, he hates you

What a bizarre endorsement.  The lead gay Republican group, Log Cabin Republicans, told gay voters today that they should vote for Mitt Romney, unless they care about their civil rights, then they shouldn’t.  It was a self-contained flip-flop worthy of Mitt Romney himself. . .

Read more at: AmericaBlog


  1. Well, i am sure they don't believe that they will be led away to concentration camps or worse, so they probably have other issues like the economy, jobs, military etc.

  2. Wait, these two groups are GAY groups. Without the gay part, they're just conservatives. So, the entire reason for their formation is being chucked for those things you mention. BUT! Those other things are affected by gay rights policies too! In many states, gay people can be fired for no other reason than their sexuality. In the military, this was true until Obama, and Romney has at times said he'd be for returning to DADT. And gay rights issues are certainly economic to gay people. So, I still don't get it, I really don't


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