The Log Cabin Republicans, which calls itself the “nation’s original and largest organization representing LGBT conservatives,” announced its endorsement of President Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential election after declining to back him in 2016.
In an op-ed published Thursday in The Washington Post, Robert Kabel, the group’s chairman, and Jill Homan, the vice chairwoman, declared that “The Log Cabin Republicans endorse Donald Trump for reelection as president.”
“To be treated equally, fairly and justly under the law is our goal, and we know that ‘Inclusion Wins’ is a mantra we share with the president,” the group added.
Kabel and Homan noted the party’s progress on LGBTQ representation.
They highlighted how Peter Thiel, the billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and Palantir, was able to take the stage at the 2016 GOP convention and declare he was gay, a Republican, and an American – a far cry from the 1992 convention, when Pat Buchanan had decried gay marriage and slammed the “pro-lesbian” and “pro-gay” platform of Bill Clinton and Al Gore.
Looking forward, Kabel and Homan argued Trump had “[moved] past the culture wars that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, in particular by removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook.”
They noted that Trump had taken “bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community” like committing to ending HIV/AIDS, advocating for LGBTQ rights abroad, and picking LGBTQ nominees like Richard Grinnell, Trump’s ambassador to Germany.
The group did not agree with all of Trump’s policies, though. The group opposes the Trump administration’s restrictions on transgender individuals serving in the military.
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Source: USA Today