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Log Cabin Republicans  
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Although the organization enthusiastically supported the candidacy of President George W. Bush, who campaigned as a "uniter not a divider," in 2000, his proposal of the Federal Marriage Amendment as the centerpiece of his 2004 re-election campaign led the LCR to withdraw their endorsement of him.

The LCR gained a new visibility in glbtq political circles in 2010, when their 2004 suit challenging the constitutionality of the 1993 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act, which prohibits openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving in the U.S. military, was finally heard. On September 9, 2010, Federal District Judge Virginia Phillips of Riverside, California issued a far-reaching decision that declared the Act unconstitutional.

Sponsor Message.

In response to the decision in Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S., LCR Executive Director Cooper issued a statement celebrating the ruling as a victory for all American servicemembers.

Stephanie R. Olson

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Log Cabin Republicans.

Tafel, Richard. Gays on the Right: The Role of Gay and Lesbian Republicans in Contemporary American Politics. Los Angeles: Alyson Publications, 1995.

_____. Party Crasher: A Gay Republican Challenges Politics as Usual. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.


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    Entry Title: Log Cabin Republicans  
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