While some might think the GOP is hopelessly homophobic, there have been green shoots of greater acceptance of gays and lesbians. Today, we see that Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper was tapped by the Republican National Committee to serve on its Finance Committee.
Let me repeat that. Openly gay man, who heads an organization of openly gay Republicans, is asked to serve on the fundraising committee of the Republican Party.
Kinda amazing, don’t you think?
This didn’t please the folks at the Family Research Council. The Advocate reports how they responded:
In a blog post this afternoon, the Christian conservative lobbying group denounced Cooper’s appointment — as well as his organization’s “homosexual-centered” aims — which include bringing a lawsuit against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (a federal judge ruled DADT unconstitutional last September).
In a subsequent fund-raising plea, the post’s author, FRC vice president for government affairs Tom McClusky, urged readers to donate to his organization’s own political action committee — or to the Senate Conservatives Fund, chaired by South Carolina senator Jim DeMint.
The blog post is accompanied by an image of the Disney character Dumbo, with an alt tag that reads “elephant gay.”
Stay classy, FRC. Below is a pic that Log Cabin was able to capture from the FRC website.
Log Cabin fired back with a fundraising email of its own:
Dear Family Research Council,
Now, that’s class.
I think this is an important step for the GOP. It wasn’t too long ago that we had the chair of the RNC who was in the closet and having to support an anti-gay agenda. To have someone out and proud serving at such a high level in the GOP is nothing but good.