The gay Republican group Log Cabin Republicans formally announced their “qualified” endorsement of Mitt Romney this week, meaning they encourage their members to vote for the governor, but they oppose his various anti-gay stances. Good work, supposedly LGBT-friendly group.
What’s more is that Romney’s campaign team reportedly met with LCR and promised he would support ENDA, the potential law that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If this sounds fishy to you, you’re not alone:
Nation contributor Ben Adler dissects the endorsement on the magazine’s Web site, where he writes, “Romney’s greatest asset as a politician is his total lack of integrity, honesty or consistency. He is perfectly willing to go before the religious right one day and pledge fealty to them, and the Log Cabin Republicans the next day to do the same. And, apparently, that is what he has done, in private.”
Adler says that when he pressed Log Cabin executive director R. Clarke Cooper to explain why the group’s leaders believe they can work with Romney on ENDA, which would ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, “Cooper blurted out, ‘Have you met with Romney’s domestic policy team?’ And therein lies the answer to how Romney secured LCR’s endorsement. His advisors have privately assured LCR that Romney supports ENDA, even though he so fears the wrath of the religious right that he will not adopt this position in public.”
Shame on Log Cabin for endorsing a candidate whose proposed policies reek of homophobia, sexism and most things despicable. If Romney really does support ENDA — which I doubt — he should be brave enough to say so. And if he doesn’t, is anyone really surprised?