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Gay group Log Cabin Republicans takes out ad to urge GOP to make room in its tent for LGBT Americans

Gay group Log Cabin Republicans takes out ad to urge GOP to make room in its tent for LGBT Americans

The Log Cabin Republicans, gay members of a political party that has been decidedly anti-gay in its position on marriage equality, took out an attention-getting ad Thursday (25 April) urging the party to change its ways.

The full-page ad in Politico states: ‘Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be…’

It adds: ‘If the Republican Party wants to win future elections and set this country back on sound financial footing, it must put an end to its obsession with opposing equal rights for LGBT Americans. The GOP’s focus should be on bringing together existing members, reclaiming former Republicans, and attracting new voters.’

The ad cites a Washington Post/ABC News poll which shows that the freedom to marry is supported by 81 percent of adults younger than 30.

‘If you don’t make the tent bigger, you might as well fold it up and go home,’ the Log Cabin groups states.

Some in the party had indicated a possible softening on LGBT issues after disappointing election results last November.

But earlier this month, the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to reaffirm language in the GOP platform defining marriage ‘as the union of one man and one woman at its spring meeting.

Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo says the group’s ad needs to serve as a ‘wake up call’ to the party.

‘Some Republicans just don’t get it,’ Angelo states. ‘Despite widespread and growing public support for marriage equality and the need to focus on increasing our numbers in the wake of the crushing electoral defeats of 2012, an element of the GOP remains hell-bent on emphasizing exclusion over inclusion.’