Log Cabin Republican’s decision on whether or not to endorse the Romney / Ryan ticket has been long in coming. Today’s announcement that they have, in fact, endorsed Romney comes about three weeks after hints that the announcement was likely coming in a matter of a couple of days. See here for some background.
From this morning’s LCR press release: (emphasis mine)
With Endorsement, Log Cabin Republicans Declare ‘We Are Americans First’
After careful consideration and consultation with our members and chapters, as well as communication with Mitt Romney and his campaign team, the National Board of Directors of the Log Cabin Republicans has elected to endorse Governor Romney for president.
‘The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,’ said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, R. Clarke Cooper. ‘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. On issues of particular concern to the LGBT community, we believe Governor Romney will move the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents. 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.’
Clearly this wasn’t an easy decision for LCR, given that the endorsement comes only two weeks from election day. And while this is nterpretative on my part, that the headline employed for the press release doesn’t include Romney’s name is, at best, curious. The rest of the release follows.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the first Republican to co-sponsor legislation to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, stated, ‘Our country is at a crossroad in its history, and the election of our next President will determine what course it will take. Our nation needs common sense solutions to fixing our economy and creating private sector jobs and Governor Romney will provide us with the strong leadership we need at this critical time. Governor Romney understands that businesses need less government regulation and lower taxes. Romney is the right man for our time. I am pleased that Log Cabin Republicans is endorsing Governor Romney. I know that all of us together will fight for equality for all Americans, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.’
Former George W. Bush administration Solicitor General and Romney campaign advisor Theodore Olson supports the endorsement, saying, ‘Like the Log Cabin Republicans, I am proud to support Governor Romney for president, and I am proud to be an advocate for the freedom to marry. This endorsement speaks to Log Cabin’s principled belief in equality for all Americans, and the pragmatic recognition that our nation is in need of new leadership. Getting our fiscal house in order is more than an economic imperative — it’s a moral imperative. Gay or straight, Americans deserve a president who will secure a future for our children that doesn’t leave them buried in debt.’