Today we are taking a close look at the Log Cabin Republicans and its director R. Clarke Cooper. In this very week the LCR has made media strides as officials in this group claimed to have come to terms with presidential candidate Mitt Romney on ENDA or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Also being a gay Republican conservative group has made LCR a target for a lot of the liberal gay mainstream which believes being a gay Republican is like being a house negro during the days of slavery. There is a sense of disloyalty, mistrust and misguided minds being demonstrated from anyone who claims to be a gay Republican or at least that is what many mainstream gay Americans believe. Well, let’s look a little closer into the LCR and see if there is truly something to worry about.
All the information comes directly from the site www.logcabin.org so please go to the site yourself and read all the resource information they provide for thorough understanding if you want to know more.
There is a section of the site which displays many articles written about this collective or about many of the issues the LCR stands for. A lot of the articles were written by Cooper himself so it gives great insight into his own personal viewpoint and philosophy when it comes to his political party. From reading these articles it seems Cooper makes it a personal mission to stand up for the rights of gay Americans. He believes in the marriage equality, he is pretty direct with his opposing views no matter which party the other side belongs too and Cooper believes in the greatness of the gay Americans.
Now, no one should think Cooper to be the gay golden boy who happens to fit into the Republican domain because there are a few views which makes him a capitalist at heart. He does not believe the gay community should be taking handouts from government programs. He wants more big business to happen to create more jobs and less spending on said programs. In other words cut welfare benefits to people who need them. Little does he know there are more gay people in those programs who truly need government assistance such as low income HIV positive gay individuals with no insurance.
It seems Cooper is a gay right activist in a straight Republican body but the main argument today deals with LCR’s role in the gay community or their lack thereof. How easy is it to follow a party that shows a clear track record of not supporting the LGBT even to this day? Now, don’t get that last sentence wrong because there are more and more Republicans who are answering the call of the LGBT’s need for support. But as a holding pattern, the Republican Party is steeped in conservative religious principles and funding. Whether we like it or not the Conservative Christian Right has worked against gay Americans and any party which holds those principles as core political beliefs will have contradictions with the gay community.
On paper being a gay Republican seems to be the best of both worlds. Cooper and the LCR want the gay community to have the rights it deserves by working through conservative capitalist political values but at the end of the day, if you don’t have the support of the people you are working to uplift, the goal of obtaining gay rights will be tough to say the least. Right now the Log Cabin Republicans don’t have that overwhelming support so whatever vision they have for gay Americans will be difficult to reach.