From Yale University’s The Politic:
The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) has long fought anti-LGBTQ legislation like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and advocated for LGBTQ inclusion within the GOP. And although the Supreme Court upheld the right to same-sex marriage under Obergefell v. Hodges, many Republican politicians have threatened to overturn the decision.
But Gregory T. Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans, seems unfazed. “I don’t lose any sleep at night worrying about marriage equality,” Angelo said in an interview with The Politic. “It is here, and it is here to stay. In many respects, the marriage and nondiscrimination battle has been won for all but the cleanup.”
Jim Hoft, founder of conservative blog The Gateway Pundit, held doubts about coming out to the 600,000 readers of his blog. “There was some fear involved when you’re a conservative and you’re gay,” Hoft explained to The Politic. “I didn’t know how it would affect my standing in the community.”
But following the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Hoft felt compelled to come out. “The response from the Democratic leaders when they blamed guns, that really upset me,” he said. After coming out, Hoft was surprised to see an overwhelming number of positive responses. Dozens of conservatives sent him supportive messages, he said. Even those who staunchly opposed LGBTQ rights said they would continue to read his blog.
“The game the Democrats have played with the LGBTQ community for years now,” explained Angelo, “is tricking the greater LGBTQ community into believing the only issues that should matter to them are marriage equality and overly-broad nondiscrimination.” Angelo explained that LGBTQ voters don’t only care about advancing their own rights. They want a government that will reform the tax code, protect national security, and preserve the Second Amendment. “I refuse to be put in a two-issue silo by Democrats simply because I’m a gay man,” Angelo said.
Not losing any sleep, huh? Funny way of showing it.