Self-loathing gay republican groups attack Obama for supporting their rights

Despicable.

Right Wing Watch captures the responses from Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud.  If you thought they had any self respect WHATSOEVER, you were wrong.  Nothing like putting being a partisan hack before your own rights and life.

Log Cabin Republicans:

“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch. This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”

And GOProud:

“It is good to see that after intense political pressure that President Obama has finally come around to the Dick Cheney position on marriage equality. I am sure, however, the President’s newly discovered support for marriage is cold comfort to the gay couples in North Carolina. The President waited until after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.” “This is hardly a profile in courage by President Obama. For years now, President Obama has tried his hardest to have it both ways on this issue.

I don’t know how they can claim to have any voice or role in the gay rights movement when they can’t acknowledge a monumental shift like this.  I’m speechless.

Update: Just to be clear, since a few people have made comments to me about this post – I’m not saying all gay Republicans are self-loathing.  I’m saying that these statements were way over the top.  Yes, Obama could have come out earlier, but I just don’t get how you can criticize Obama for his timing when your candidate donated to NOM. The president at least spoke out against ballot initiatives and stopped defending DOMA.  Romney isn’t even supportive of civil unions (coming from a state with marriage equality). 


Is Obama perfect?  No.  But there is just no comparison with Romney on gay rights. Pretending otherwise is what I think makes you a hack and kills your credibility.


Born and raised in Maine, Nick Seaver moved to DC to study political communication in 2003. He began writing extensively on LGBT rights during the first ballot initiative in Maine that overturned marriage equality. He writes about a variety of issues, ranging from marriage to issues facing LGBT youth. Follow him on Twitter at @NDSeaver.

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