Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger To Log Cabin Republicans: “I Will Always Be There. . .”

On February 21, 2008,Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), and his wife the First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, at The Puente Learning Center’s dinner honoring Maria Shriver, were asked by Geoff Kors and John Duran the Executive Director and President of Equality California respectively and myself (an LCR-CA PAC board member acting in my individual capacity) for the Governor to take a position and pledge to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples in California . The First Couple of California responded that we should email the details to the Governor’s office. Also in attendance at the table were Matt Foreman, the Executive Director of The Gay and Lesbian National Task Force, Damon Ramone, the Media Director of GLAAD, Charles Robbins of The Trevor Project, James Vaughn the California Director of Log Cabin Republicans, Charles Moran, the Log Cabins Republicans - LA Chapter President, and Don Norte, the Governor's Committee on Labor for People With Disabilities. (Note-affiliation is for identification only,) I followed up with an email to the Governor’s office and it was reported in the March 17, 2008 issue off IN Los Angeles Magazine.

On Friday, April 11, 2008, in comments to the Log Cabin Republicans National Convention in San Diego, Schwarzenegger predicted Californians would reject the amendment and came out officially against the proposed initiative.

“It’s a great day for the Republican Party and for all California families,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. “Gov. Schwarzenegger is a strong Log Cabin ally and a great friend for gay and lesbian people. His opposition to any anti-marriage amendment is great news. He will be an important voice against this effort.”

Governor Schwarzenegger has twice vetoed same-sex marriage bills, stating the courts or the people should decide the issue. A decision by the California Supreme Court is expected by June 2nd but it has been speculated that the decision will be handed down on Friday, May 23, 2008 and just prior to the 3 day Memorial Day weekend. It is rumored that there may be a Rose Byrd type of backlash. What that means is left to anyone’s guess, but if the Court were only to affirm the Court of Appeal’s decision, this writer cannot see why there would be any type of backlash. Anti-gay groups are working to gather signatures to put the same-sex marriage constitutional ban on the November ballot.

The Governor’s remarks to LCR members came during a public discussion with Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. Sammon asked the governor whether he would oppose the effort to ban same-sex marriage. When responding, the governor said: "Well, first of all, I think that it would never happen in California because I think that California people are much further along with that issue. And, number two, I will always be there to fight against that. I think we need a constitutional amendment so that foreign-born citizens can run for president, but not about gay marriage. That's a total waste of time."