The Log Cabin Republicans announced today in a press release that they endorse Republican Mitt Romney — an outspokenly anti-gay candidate — for president, declining to endorse the most pro-LGBT president in American history, President Barack Obama. In explaining the group’s decision, LCR Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper voiced their agreement with Romney’s governmental and economic philosophies and said in comparison to past Republican presidents, a hypothetical President Romney wouldn’t be that bad:
We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney’s vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity. On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents.
Needless to say, the response to LCR’s release was swift. Jerame Davis, Executive Director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said,
The Log Cabin Republicans have proven once and for all that they are not an organization aligned with the LGBT movement. They are a Republican front group bumbling their way into fooling LGBT voters that it’s OK to support a party that would legislate us back into the closet. Their endorsement of Mitt Romney isn’t just shameful – it’s insulting. Mitt Romney stands for nothing positive for LGBT people.
Rep. Barney Frank also blasted the Log Cabin Republicans in a video statement given to the “Mitt Gets Worse” Campaign.