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Log Cabin prez responds to Barney over "Uncle Tom" charge

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Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:43:19 -0400
From: R. Clarke Cooper
Subject: Re: [NC] Barney Frank: Why I Called the Log Cabin Republicans
"Uncle Toms"

I sent the following to Politico upon departure from the NRCC rollout of 'Vanguard' House candidates:

"Congressman Frank, of all people, should understand the importance of perseverance when working within a party to achieve change - after all, it was not so long ago his party was indifferent at best when it came to respecting gay families. Leaders committed to LGBT equality know that every victory our community has achieved has required bipartisan advocacy and bipartisan votes, and winning support from Republicans will only be more important in the days ahead. Come January, Republicans will maintain a majority in the House and likely secure a majority in the Senate. Without Log Cabin Republicans working with fellow conservatives, LGBT Americans would be left without a credible voice within the GOP. Barney Frank's denial of Log Cabin Republicans success, particularly on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal and the freedom to marry in New York, is sad but unsurprising. It is time for him to pass on the baton to leaders better suited to a world where equality is not a partisan issue."

R. Clarke Cooper
Executive Director
Log Cabin Republicans
I'm not convinced Barney is right going after Log Cabin. 11 years ago, Log Cabin was worthless. Now they do seem to try to make a difference, and have with their lawsuit on DADT, among other things.

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