Donald Trump

Log Cabin Republicans - "Why We Exist"

Last week, Donald Trump said, in an official campaign communication titled “Issues of Importance to Catholics,” that he would sign into law the First Amendment Defense Act. Assuming he means the originally proposed version it constitutes a federal license to discriminate. The biggest impact would be that it allows fedeeral contractors to openly discrimination against LGBT people — something that President Obama has prohibited by executive order.

If the intent of Log Cabin Republicans is, as they say,  to work to make the Republican Party more inclusive, how can they do that without condemning Trump’s support of homophobic legislation in order to pander to conservative Catholics? Do they honestly believe that their tax dollars should support discriminatory employers?

What line must he cross?

Trump has said that he does not support marriage equality; he has promised to nominate judges who are hostile to our interests and might roll back Obergefell; Trump has voiced full support for North Carolina’s HB2; and now this. Just how anti-LGBT does Trump have to be before Log Cabin Republicans takes a stand?

Taking a stand requires courage which seems to be in short supply at Log Cabin. What will it take before Log Cabin denounces Mr. Trump? Precisely how much more homophobic must he be. Does Log Cabin even have a red line?

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.