Saying they agree with his 'vision for America,' the Log Cabin Republicans on Tuesday (23 October) endorsed Mitt Romney for president even though that vision doesn't include gay marriage.
'The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,' executive director R. Clarke Cooper said in a statement. Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today's economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority.'
'We are Republicans, and we agree with Governor Romney's vision for America in which success is a virtue, equal opportunity is ensured, and leaders recognize that it is the American people, not government, that build our nation and fuel its prosperity,' Cooper added.
Romney has endorsed a federal anti-marriage amendment and supports the Defense of Marriage Act which forbids the federal recognition of marriages involving partners of the same sex. DOMA also permits the states to ignore marriages made in other states.
The LGBT group's endorsement comes three days after the Romney campaign reiterated its stance on and anti-marriage amendment and DOMA and also stated it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples such benefits as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children.
But the Log Cabin group, which has stated it seeks to change its party's views on LGBT rights by working from within, is putting its complete focus on the US economy in making its endorsement.
'On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents,' Cooper insisted in his statement. 'No matter who is in the White House, it is crucial our community always has a credible voice speaking out on behalf of LGBT Americans. Log Cabin Republicans will be that voice to President Mitt Romney.'
The LGBT organization made its announcement just two weeks before the Nov. 6 election pitting Romney against incumbent Barack Obama. The group has only twice withheld its endorsement of a Republican candidate in a presidential election.
In 1992 the group denied its endorsement to presidential candidate George Bush, and in 2004 denied endorsement to his son, George W. Bush, although the group endorsed him in his first presidential run in 2000.