RNC Commemorates Log Cabin Republicans 40th Anniversary

| December 12, 2017

Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

From the Washington Blade – In what LGBT Republicans consider to be a first-of-its-kind development, the chair of the Republican National Committee last week issued an official letter commemorating Log Cabin Republicans on its 40th anniversary and praising the group for advocating for LGBT rights.

“As the nation’s original and largest conservative organization advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, the work you do is critical in supporting liberty and equality for all,” said RNC Chair Ronna R. McDaniel in her letter.

“The Republican Party prides itself on being an inclusive Big Tent Party that fights for the values that Make America Great,” she states in the letter. “We are fortunate to have strong, freedom-fighting advocates like Log Cabin Republicans with us, and we stand with you in pursuit of individual liberty, limited government, and equal rights under the law.”

McDaniel, who was elected as RNC chair in January at the request of then President-elect Donald Trump, added in her letter, “Today, we celebrate your decades of support for the LGBT community and its allies. On behalf of our Party, we will continue to stand with Log Cabin Republicans as you advance the ideals of freedom over oppression – now, and for years to come. Your voices make our Party stronger, and our nation greater.”

Log Cabin Republicans was founded in California in 1977 as a local gay GOP group to provide a home for what it said were conservative and moderate members of the LGBT community who were Republicans and wanted to advocate for LGBT rights within the party. The group soon expanded to become a national organization with chapters in many states.

Gregory Angelo, the group’s current president, called McDaniel’s letter historic.

“Log Cabin Republicans has had a longstanding relationship with the RNC, but having their formal and public recognition of our organization – by the current Chairwoman of the RNC, no less – as well as a commitment to ‘continue to stand with Log Cabin Republicans,’ marks a watershed moment in GOP politics,” Angelo told the Washington Blade.

“It’s an historic way to cap what will go down in history as a legendary year celebrating four decades of Log Cabin Republicans’ achievement,” he said.

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