Log Cabin seeks topurge anti-gay languagefrom Republican document
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT political groups are preparing for theupcoming Democratic and Republican nationalconventions as one gay GOP organizationannounced its involvement in the party’splatform drafting process.R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of LogCabin Republicans, said Tuesday a team fromhis organization will be credentialed to attendthe platform committee meeting, which will takeplace the week of Aug. 20 in Tampa, Fla., priorto the start of the convention.“Just looking at the 2008 document, LogCabin has gone through and we’ve notedlanguage in there that’s either directly unhelpful,or seen as anti-gay, and have marked it fordeletion,” Cooper said. “We’ve also foundlanguage that could be strengthened to bemore inclusive. That said, there’s going to be acompletely new document. It’s not as if they’retaking the ‘08 document and just updating it.”Cooper said the group has already identiﬁedlanguage in the 2008 platform that it will pushto remove in the 2012 document, includinglanguage related to marriage. Under theheading “Preserving Traditional Marriage,” the2008 platform endorses the Federal MarriageAmendment and afﬁrms passing same-sexmarriage bans through state initiatives.Gary Howard, a spokesperson for the
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Marriage supporters buoyedby new poll, HRC donation
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
Supporters of Maryland’s marriage equality law, which
two pieces of news this week: a new poll showingmajority support for the law and a $250,000 donationfrom the Human Rights Campaign.HRC on Monday announced it has given $1 million tosupport marriage-related efforts in four states.Campaigns in Maryland, Washington, Minnesotaand Maine each received $250,000 to either defendtheir state’s same-sex marriage laws, defeat a proposedconstitutional amendment that would deﬁne marriage asbetween a man and a woman or allow nuptials for gaysand lesbians. HRC has so far contributed $4.8 million tomarriage-related efforts in this election cycle. This ﬁgureincludes $853,000 to the legislative campaign to securepassage of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law earlierthis year and $728,000 in cash and in-kind donations toMarylanders for Marriage Equality, the group defending
“This is a tipping point year in the ﬁght for marriageequality that requires signiﬁcant investment,” said HRCPresident Chad Grifﬁn. “We are committed to makingsure this is the year that our opponents can no longerclaim Americans will not support marriage equality atthe ballot box.”Recipients were quick to welcome the additional HRCfunds.“It’s a fantastic investment that they’re making in ourwork here,” Josh Levin, campaign director of Marylandersfor Marriage Equality, told the Blade. “They’ve been atremendous partner throughout the legislative ﬁght andthis has shown they are dedicated to winning here andconﬁdent that we have the resources to be successful.”“It’s great to have their support,” added Matt McTighe,campaign manager of Mainers United for Marriage.Zach Silk, campaign manager of Washington Unitedfor Marriage, the group defending that state’s same-sex
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, executive director of Log Cabin, said his group hasreviewed the 2008 GOP platform and marked anti-gay language for deletion.
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