Will Log Cabin endorse Romney?

From Chris Johnson at the Blade:

The debate over whether to endorse Romney could prove thorny for Log Cabin. On one hand, the organization is likely to feel pressure from its Republican base to throw its support behind the party’s standard-bearer in the general election. On the other, Romney has backed anti-gay positions during the primary season, including support for a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country and a pledge to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

If history is any guide, then Log Cabin may withhold support for Romney because of his support for the federal amendment. Log Cabin endorsed George W. Bush in 2000. But in 2004, the group created a national stir when it withheld its endorsement of Bush’s re-election due to the president’s support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In a 22-2 vote, the Log Cabin board decided to withhold the endorsement.

I doubt history will be their guide. Romney used to be as pro-gay as Ted Kennedy, as he liked to say. Not anymore. He’s not only bad on marriage (though so is Obama), he’s pro-DOMA, anti-ENDA, and anti- the repeal of DADT pro-DADT. Romney’s downright awful on gay rights nowadays. n the top 3 issues, he’s bad on all of them. Still, based on his past, I could see the gay Republicans endorsing him, which would be a bit nuts considering that we’re voting for the Romney we have today, not the guy who liked us twenty years ago.


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