Cornyn, Sessions Honored by Gay Republicans After Blocking DADT Repeal
September 23, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—The LGBT Republican group, Log Cabin Republicans are the very definition of masochists. They are so desperate to become full-fledged members of the “no gays allowed” Republican club that they willingly subject themselves to abuse and scorn, from GOP leaders and lawmakers, for a few scraps of recognition. And that was never more evident than during the group’s fundraiser last evening, wherein they honored anti-gay lawmakers with leadership awards, after the entire Republican caucus in the senate blocked a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Leading up to the fundraising dinner, the Christian right blasted Texas lawmakers Sen. John Cornyn (R) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R) for agreeing to appear at a “homosexual event.” Cliff Kincaid of the right-wing group Accuracy in Media penned an anti-gay screed blasting Cornyn and Sessions, asking “Is the GOP Becoming the Gay Old Party?”
And the right-wing Cambridge Theological Seminar sent out an email slamming Cornyn for betraying God and his country, by supporting “sodomizing, AIDS-causing homosexuals who molest and rape little boys…” Nice!
The Log Cabin group honored Cornyn and Sessions with the Barry Goldwater Award, “which recognizes leaders in the Republican Party who have served their nation with distinction in the model of the late Senator Barry Goldwater.”
Sessions canceled at the last minute, citing a scheduling conflict, but he dispatched an aide to accept the award and taped a video message. Cornyn was also not present to accept his award, but he did attend the pre-dinner reception and made a few remarks. The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told the crowd, “every person is entitled to be treated with respect, and I think part of respect is to acknowledge differences where they are, where they do exist.” And he asked for their support in the upcoming November elections.
Despite every single Republican senator joining in a filibuster of the defense bill containing a repeal of DADT, the Log Cabin Republicans, absolve the GOP lawmakers from all blame, instead attacking Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for “partisan arrogance.” The title of a recent post on the Log Cabin Republicans website, says it all:
“Log Cabin Republicans Disappointed by Senator Reid’s Failure to Reach Agreement on Defense Authorization Bill.”
Why aren’t they disappointed in their homophobic Republican senators?
Log Cabin spokeswoman Melissa Kennedy, made light of the anti-gay policies of Sessions and Cornyn, reasoning, except for the gay thing, the LGBT Republican group is in lockstep with the Republican agenda.
Kennedy said “we’re 80 percent in sync. We’re for low taxes. Strong defense. All these things you associate with Republicans.”
But that other 20 percent denies their right to even exist.