For those of you who are not in the know or connected to the Gay A: List powers that be otherwise known as Gay Inc. They have a new (insane) strategy that includes embracing gay republican groups like the Log Cabin Republicans to gain support for LGBT Equality and also gay republican candidates. (Nevermind the fact that the LCR and GOProud usually back anti-gay GOP candidates because they are fiscally responsible and have always chosen money over equality and always will.) But now suddenly, out of nowhere Gay Inc. thinks that Gay Republicans are the answer and the way to gain our equality. ( After all their “changing the hearts and minds” strategy has worked so well. NOT)
Today though the outspoken Congressman Barney Frank has released an essay on this bizarre electoral strategy. In the piece, Frank argues that it makes no sense to back Republican candidates whose voting records on LGBT issues are worse than their opponents’. He also demonstrates that it is a mistake to deny support to incumbents with excellent records on LGBT issues when they are challenged by gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender candidates. (In an obvious reference to the LGBT Victory Funds recent endorsement of gay Massachusetts GOP candidate Richard Tisei over straight incumbant Democrat John Tierney who has a 100% Pro-LGBT voting record and is ranked the 8th most Progressive member in Congress just because Tisei is gay.)
Frank also refutes the argument proposed by the Log Cabin Republicans, that it is important to elect Republicans to Congress who are supportive of LGBT issues regardless of whether they are better on those issues than their opponents. Frank shows that efforts to change the Republican Party from within have been an absolute failure.
The Human Rights Campaign recently released its 2012 Congressional Scorecard. The study shows that the voting records of Republican Members of the 112th Congress were substantially worse than they were in the 111th Congress. Of the 240 Republican House Members, 211 of them received scores of 0%. Those 211 Members receiving 0% ratings represent 87.5% of Republican House Members. Less than 1% of Republican Members received a 100% rating.
In response to the HRC report, Congressman Frank writes:
“I recently saw the final results of The Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress. Having read it, I have to amend what I said about the Log Cabin Republicans’ efforts to win Republican support — the result of their efforts to build Republican support has been even more unsuccessful than I thought.”
Supporting Republicans, even gay ones is an insane strategy to gain LGBT equality that would take decades to fulfil and shows an extreme lack of integrity on our LGBT organizations part who would so easily do this and tunr thier backs on women’s reproductive rights and immigration issues which the GOP stands firmly against.
If this the best strategy that our LGBT organizational leaders have then they are the ones who need to be voted out of office.