Log Cabin Repub­li­cans with­hold Trump en­dorse­ment

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Log Cabin Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Gre­gory An­gelo said it early on: Don­ald Trump is the “most pro-gay” Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in his­tory. And fol­low­ing the deadly at­tack on an LGBT night­club in Or­lando last June, Trump him­self sug­gested that he—not Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton—is the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who is “re­ally the friend of women and the LGBT com­mu­nity.”

Clin­ton’s claim to the man­tle as the Demo­cratic Party’s most pro-gay pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in his­tory has to com­pete with the party’s 2012 nom­i­nee, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama. But even dur­ing this year’s gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign, when most Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates typ­i­cally grow sub­tle about their sup­port for the LGBT com­mu­nity, Clin­ton promi­nently and re­peat­edly stated her sup­port in stump speeches and de­bate an­swers.

Asked to make their best ar­gu­ments for their party’s can­di­date, gay Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can lead­ers said this:

Earl D. Fowlkes Jr., chair­man of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mi­tee’s LGBT Cau­cus: “As a black gay man, I know that Mrs. Clin­ton will pro­tect and work to ex­tend LGBT rights gained un­der the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion. She will ap­point Supreme Court judges who will not undo same-sex mar­riage, women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights, and more pro­vi­sions of the Vot­ing Rights Act. In short, Mrs. Clin­ton will be a pres­i­dent that will fight for all Amer­i­cans.”

“She is one of the most qual­i­fied can­di­dates to ever run for the Pres­i­dency,” said Fowlkes. “As First Lady, Sen­a­tor, and Sec­re­tary of State, Mrs. Clin­ton has both the ex­pe­ri­ence and tem­per­a­ment to han­dle the com­plex is­sues that our na­tion is fac­ing.”

Charles T. Mo­ran, a prom­i­nent Trump del­e­gate from Los An­ge­les to the GOP con­ven­tion, of­fered this: “The strong­est rea­son why LGBTQ’ers in our com­mu­nity should Hil­lary Clin­ton has the back­ing of nu­mer­ous LGBT groups, while Don­ald Trump failed to re­ceive the en­dorse­ment of the Log Cabin Repub­li­cans. (Photo by Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock.com) “As a black gay man, I know that Mrs. Clin­ton will pro­tect and work to ex­tend LGBT rights gained un­der the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion. She will ap­point Supreme Court judges who will not undo same-sex mar­riage, women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights, and more pro­vi­sions of the Vot­ing Rights Act. In short, Mrs. Clin­ton will be a pres­i­dent that will fight for all Amer­i­cans.” vote for Don­ald Trump is that he’s con­stantly rec­og­nized our com­mu­nity and treated us with re­spect. In his busi­ness and phil­an­thropic work, he’s al­ways been sup­port­ive, even when it hasn’t been pop­u­lar. From the money he’s given to HIV/AIDS causes in NYC, to open­ing the first pri­vate club in Palm Beach to al­low open ho­mo­sex­u­als to join, to just re­cently dis­miss­ing the dra­matic de­bate in the GOP and stat­ing that Cait­lyn Jen­ner should use what­ever bath­room she wants at his Trump prop­er­ties, to bring­ing for­ward the is­sue of pro­tect­ing our com­mu­nity against rad­i­cal Is­lamic ji­had and threats of vi­o­lence against our free­doms, he has truly walked the talk, and that is a 30-plus year his­tory of sup­port, un­like Hil­lary Clin­ton’s zig-zag on our

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is­sues over her 30 years in the pub­lic eye.”

Log Cabin Repub­li­cans is­sued a state­ment Satur­day, say­ing it would with­hold an en­dorse­ment of Trump.

“Mr. Trump is per­haps the most proLGBT pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee in the his­tory of the Repub­li­can Party. His un­prece­dented over­tures to the ‘LGBTQ com­mu­nity’—a first for any ma­jor-party can­di­date in our na­tion’s his­tory—are wor­thy of praise and should serve as a clar­ion call to the GOP that the days of need­ing to toe an anti-LGBT

By LISA KEEN

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