Talk about adding even more pressure on the Log Cabin Republicans. The group of prominent gay GOPers who participated in a meeting with Bush in 2000 to request that he move toward building a more inclusive administration and GOP -- and who were later burned by his support of the Federal Marriage Amendment -- are torn over McCain. Some of them say they will support and vote for Obama in the fall, others aren't exactly ready to "go there" but are publicly unhappy with McCain.
The Washington Blade interviewed several of them -- and it's clear they realize that blind support of the Republican Party as long as it continues to cleave to the religious right is damaging to the LGBT community as a whole.
In all, three said they either would vote for Obama or are seriously considering it; three are undecided between McCain and Obama; three are backing McCain and three others declined to comment.
...David Greer, who was appointed to Bush's AIDS advisory board in 2003, left the Republican Party that same year and has been a registered Democrat since then. He said gay Republicans would never be a strong enough voice to influence the GOP and that the party is more interested in exploiting gay Republicans for political gain.
"As long as there's a far right in the party, gay Republicans are way too small in numbers ... to have any effect on the party," he said. "We actually end up doing greater and lasting harm to the whole GLBT community."
Greer isn't ready to embrace Obama, but he and DC at-large City Council member David Catania (who will vote for Obama) agree that there's no way gay Republicans can spin McCain as acceptable given his views on our issues. "I wouldn't give supporting him a second thought. The cards are on the table. I think gays are kind of kidding themselves if they think John McCain is going to be any better for the gay community than George Bush."Another, Brian Bennett, is point blank about the LCRs, saying it would be a mistake for the group to endorse McCain. The bottom line for Daniel Stewart, is that he is leaving the GOP because there has been no forward momentum in overcoming the right wing death grip on the party:
Stewart was elected to the City Council in Plattsburgh, N.Y., as a Democrat, but former New York Gov. George Pataki convinced him to switch to the Republican Party to run against the city's mayor in 2000. Stewart won the election.
But now Stewart is planning on leaving the Republican Party because the party is not moving where he'd like on issues that affect him personally, such as same-sex marriage. He noted his resentment over having to travel to Canada in 2004 to marry his partner.