In a post I wrote for LGBT for Obama, I seemed to have gotten the attention of Log Cabin Republican communications director Scott Tucker with my criticisms of John McCain.
In my post about the draft 2008 GOP Platform calling for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, I say:
I admit that our friends at Log Cabin Republicans are in a serious bind. Their party's nominee has opposed LGBT civil rights at every turn while Barack Obama has issued the strongest LGBT platform of any presidential nominee from a major party.
I feel bad for them. I really do.
But, the leaders of LCR have a very clear choice to make: they can either stand with the Republican Party even as it continues its assault against LGBT Americans or they can stand with their LGBT brothers and sisters who are fighting every day to live their lives openly and honestly and free from anti-LGBT discrimination.
Apparently that call to our LCR friends not to endorse McCain who has opposed every piece of LGBT legislation that has come his way has made LCR a little defensive:
I understand that progress with the GOP is not moving nearly as fast as Mr. Crawford and many would like. I understand that. I understand it is frustrating. But I guess we have a fundamental difference as to what we should do with that frustration. Some, like Mr. Crawford, say we should throw our hands up and stop engaging in conversations with Republicans. Well, if we followed that course of action (which we won't), I'd say good luck to you in your endeavor to achieve "equality" for gay and lesbian Americans, Mr. Crawford. No civil rights struggle has been won with a one-party strategy...and neither will this one.
You may hate EVERYTHING the Republican Party stands for. But don't malign the efforts of good, decent gay and lesbian Republicans who are doing work for "our movement" that you would never have the courage to do.
In his post Scott Tucker does little to defend John McCain abysmal record on LGBT issues and instead goes after me.
Scott, let me be clear. I don't consider you or any LGBT Republicans to be an enemy. And, I have great respect for you for fighting to advance LGBT issues in the GOP. That is, when you are doing that work.
An endorsement of John McCain by LCR would not be standing strong for your stated commitment to LGBT equality. It would be a sign that you are willing to support a candidate who has opposed LGBT equality at every turn simply because he is a Republican.
So, be frustrated and angry with me. But, use that anger to show me that I am wrong by convincing more Republicans to stand up for LGBT civil rights.