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Senator Collins to be honored with the Spirit of Lincoln Award on September 20th – the day ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ officially ends

(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans are proud to announce the membership will recognize Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) with their highest honor, the Spirit of Lincoln Award, during its national dinner held September 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC.

Fittingly, September 20th is the day the United States will terminate the discriminatory ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military.

“Senator Collins is the reason why the failed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy will be relegated to history. We have always been proud of her leadership on behalf of gay and lesbian Americans and we are excited for the opportunity to honor her work,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director and Army Reserve officer.  “Senator Collins has further demonstrated her steadfast commitment to fairness through her support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and achieving tax parity for health care. She remains the tip of the spear in the fight for equality.”

In a statement, Senator Collins said: “I believe that the Republican Party must be an inclusive, big-tent party that will always stand for fairness over discrimination. I am honored to work with Log Cabin Republicans and to be recognized for my work to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and to help provide Americans full protection under the law against discrimination.”

For more information or to schedule an interview with R. Clarke Cooper contact Christian Berle at (202) 604-8124 or visit our website at


Log Cabin Republicans is the only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.