DC Log Cabin Endorses Pat Mara

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January 17, 2013 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC LOG CABIN ENDORSES PAT MARA

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans last night unanimously voted to endorse Republican candidate Patrick Mara in the upcoming April 23rd special election to replace now-Council Chairman Phil Mendelson for his former At-Large seat. Mara is no novice at vying for an At-Large seat, having first ran in 2008 and then again coming in a close second during the 2011 special election.

“Pat has shown time and again that he is a friend of not just Log Cabin, but the entire LGBT community. Gays and lesbians of all political stripes know the true sense of Pat Mara. He was the first straight Republican Council candidate to show support for marriage equality five years ago. In addition, Pat has a greater depth of understanding of the issues affecting our community than just about anyone in this race,” said outgoing President Robert Turner II. “For this Council race, the choice is easy. We strongly support Pat Mara!” Turner concluded.

All endorsed candidates support the core principles of the Log Cabin Republicans, which are limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and a strong national defense while advocating for the freedom and equality of gay and lesbian Americans. They also agree that marriage equality is settled law in the District of Columbia, and will not support efforts to change, repeal or overturn that law. For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin: Mayor Gray Must Go!

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July 12, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC Log Cabin: Mayor Gray Must Go!

WASHINGTON, DC – In what is sure to sound like a broken record, the DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans calls for the resignation of yet another elected official. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign has been plagued with complaints and allegations of unethical behavior. This week, three campaign workers pled guilty to charges of running a shadow campaign. U.S. Attorney Machen speaks of the campaign as being compromised by backroom deals, secret payments and a flood of unreported cash.

In an about face from previous Council scandals this year, Councilmembers Muriel Bowser, David Catania, and Mary Cheh have called for Mayor Gray’s resignation. “I applaud those Councilmembers who have called for the mayor to step down. Perhaps they are as tired as their constituents are of the mess in the Wilson Building,” said Robert Turner II, President of the DC Log Cabin Republicans. If forced out of office, Gray will become the third elected official to step down this year.

While no formal allegations have been presented to the Mayor, his entire administration has had an odor of disreputable behavior.  “The Mayor now wants us to distinguish between his job as mayor and how he went about getting there,” said Turner, adding, “When it comes to governing the nation’s capital, the ends cannot justify the means.  One month ago, I asked who’s next.  We now have our answer.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Becomes First GOP State Committee to Add Inclusion to Platform

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June 29, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC Becomes First GOP State Committee to Add Inclusion to Platform

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the DC Republican Committee (DCRC), the DC equivalent of a state party, became the first Republican state party to insert inclusive language into its party platform leading up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Under the heading of ‘Family and Marriage,’ the DCRC added, “We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Robert Turner II, President of the DC chapter of Log Cabin Republicans and a newly elected member of the DCRC praised the work of the committee saying, “We are excited to be a part of a state party who understands that inclusion wins! Marriage equality is settled law here in the District. All citizens, including LGBT citizens should be treated equally.” Turner testified before the Platform Committee earlier this month and offered language that was similar to what was officially adopted. “We didn’t get the exact wording we had hoped for, but we are extremely happy with the outcome. We commend Chairman Bob Kabel on his efforts in putting this document together,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin-Endorsed Candidates Sweep Primaries; Members Take Top RNC Spots

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April 4, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC Log Cabin-Endorsed Candidates Sweep Primaries;
Members Take Top RNC Spots

WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans congratulates its endorsed candidates, all of whom won their respective races in Tuesday night’s primary, including longtime member and DC GOP Chair Bob Kabel, who won a contested primary for National Committeeman. In Ward 7, Ron Moten, won over 57% of the vote to earn the right to face incumbent Councilmember Yvette Alexander in November. Uncontested races were won by Mary Brooks Beatty, running for At-Large Member of the DC Council, and Nelson Rimensnyder, running for DC “Shadow Senator.” Jill Homan, also a member, won a close election to serve as the District’s National Committeewoman on the Republican National Committee.

Robert Turner, President of the DC Chapter, congratulated all of the candidates and expressed excitement at the prospects for additional victories in November. “DC Log Cabin looks forward to actively supporting Ron Moten and Mary Brooks Beatty in their races this fall. Together with a Tim Day victory in next month’s Ward 5 special election, these contests will show our party’s renewed energy in the District, and DC Log Cabin will do all we can to restore trust and commonsense leadership to the Council.”

Turner praised Kabel and Homan for their victories, noting that the District will be the first jurisdiction to have two Log Cabin members serving simultaneously as Committeeman and Committeewoman on the Republican National Committee. “Bob and Jill are friends of Log Cabin and we look forward to working with them to represent our core principles on the RNC.” Turner thanked fellow member Teri Galvez for her honest and spirited campaign for National Committeewoman and newcomer Jordan Gehrke for introducing good ideas into the debate.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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DC Log Cabin Congratulates LCR Member Tom Weirich On DC GOP Award

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March 27, 2012 (202) 253-1830 cell

DC Log Cabin Congratulates LCR Member Tom Weirich On DC GOP Award


WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Chapter of Log Cabin Republicans would like to congratulate one of its own for being recognized by the DC Republican Committee. Last night at its annual Lincoln-Douglass Day Dinner, the DC Republican Party awarded Tom Weirich the “Up and Coming” Award, one of only two awards presented.

Weirich, an expert in renewable energy, is the creator and Chair of the ’35 under 35 Program.’ The mission of the 35 Under 35 Program of the DC Republican Committee is to create a forum for young urban Republican professionals to make an impact within the DC Republican Committee and more broadly the Republican Party.

“We congratulate Tom on this well deserved recognition, said DC Log Cabin President Robert Turner II. “He is indeed the next generation of the Republican Party, and through his continued leadership, will help our party appeal to younger and urban voters,” Turner concluded.

Log Cabin Republicans is a national organization started in 1977, with state and local chapters nationwide, which believes in low taxes, limited government, strong defense, free markets, personal responsibility, and individual liberty.  Log Cabin Republicans educates our party about why inclusion wins and that opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.  The DC Chapter holds monthly meetings, supports inclusive local Republican candidates, and sponsors monthly social gatherings.  For more information, please visit www.dclogcabin.org.

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How does it get better? The answer isn’t so simple

Below is the latest op-ed from DC LCR Chapter President Robert Turner II, co-authored by Mike Hubbard in the Washington Blade.

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Washington BladeWashington BladeHow should we deal with bullies? Dan Savage has started the “It Gets Better” campaign, which tells gay kids in school to endure until graduation. Waiting passively for things to get better might not be the best answer, since gays are a unique minority. The picked-on Asian or Black or Catholic child usually has Asian or black or Catholic parents – and very likely has an Asian or black or Catholic community outside of school – but gay kids almost always have straight parents, and relatively few gay kids have any kind of gay community to draw on. We in the gay community should try to protect the next generation, and we need to grasp the complicated dynamics.

The greatest blessing that gay kids can have is the love and support of their parents. Yet parents frequently don’t understand the problem until their gay children come out. And gay kids are right to be cautious about doing so; parents throw too many out of their homes. It’s worth asking what parents hope to accomplish when they do this, since homelessness seems unlikely to make gay kids turn straight. Unthinking parental fury implies that the problem is less the child’s homosexuality than the parents’ feeling that the child reflects badly on them.

Parents should always love their children, but many are bent on children who complement a life they imagined. So long as parents think of their children as accessories to the good life rather than as individuals to be loved, closeted gay kids will be isolated from their best potential allies. And the children become easier potential prey for bullies.

The trouble with bullying is that it’s rooted in human nature to form small groups. People want friends who are like themselves, which is normal and healthy. They define themselves by what they’re not, such as Yankees fans being united in loathing the “Red Sox Nation.” The bully has taken something normal, being in a group and needling outsiders, and turned it into something unhealthy. Gay kids are different, but they are as worthy of respect as their straight peers. Kids with support from parents, churches or elsewhere can shrug bullies off. The isolated gay kids feel lost.

To try to help the kids, people ranging from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Gay Men’s Chorus have recorded videos telling kids that “it gets better.” When Leonard Lance, Frank LoBiondo, and Jon Runyan – Republican congressmen from New Jersey – made an “It Gets Better” video, the left-wing Center for American Progress attacked them for votes on other issues on which CAP disapproved. Rather than praise sometime adversaries for trying to do the right thing, CAP unintentionally revealed a weakness of “It Gets Better”: the videos are less important for the kids than for the video makers.

If these videos were for the children, then having as wide a range of people as possible make them would be a good thing. There would be disagreements on plenty of other issues, but the video makers could all agree that supporting gay kids was good. Like the parents who throw gay kids out of the home, CAP is trying to throw Republicans out of the gay rights movement, which is shortsighted, foolish and wrong. It seems as though CAP sees the videos as status markers: yahoos don’t make them but virtuous people do. And partly because the videos are used more to stroke the egos of video makers, they may well be telling gay kids the wrong thing.

Many kids are already isolated and are desperate to do anything but wait. The kids feel that a better tomorrow won’t come soon enough, and take their lives because waiting is too painful. These gay kids need something more concrete than more stewing in depression. The late William F. Buckley often said that industry is the enemy of melancholy. It might be better for videos to say, “Yes, other kids are bullying. And you shouldn’t wait for it to get better. First, do what you need to be safe. That is our most important goal. You need to be safe from others. But second, you also must be safe from yourself.

In order for life to get better, you need to make yourself better. Play sports, join the band, start a glee club or chess club or theater group. Or better yet, help create a Gay-Straight Alliance in your school. There are groups like GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, that seek to develop school climates where differences are valued for their positive contribution. Don’t hide from your problems with booze or drugs. Make yourself better, and life will get better.

Robert Turner is President of the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin Republicans. Reach him at robert.turner@dclogcabin.org. Mike Hubbard also serves on the board of directors for the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin.