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|(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans rebuke Ken Buck’s statement that a person’s sexual orientation is a choice. Buck, a candidate for Senate from Colorado, said during a nationally televised debate on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that being gay is a choice and comparable to alcoholism.
“Whether it is a Republican candidate for Senate or a liberal White House senior advisor, the suggestion that a person’s sexual orientation is a ‘lifestyle choice’ is ridiculous, harmful, and flat-out wrong,” said Christian Berle, Deputy Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans. “A person’s sexual orientation is no more a choice than whether or not they are left-handed, and too many people have been hurt because of failed attempts to change the way they were born. It is unfortunate that Ken Buck chose to divert attention away from a platform of greater liberty and smaller government by indulging in anti-gay rhetoric.”
Colorado Log Cabin Republicans President George Gramer, Jr. concurred, saying, “Colorado Log Cabin Republicans do not agree with Ken Buck’s comments that being gay is a choice. We encourage him to stay focused on the issues of jobs, the economy, a strong national defense and energy self sufficiency.”
Log Cabin Republicans’ sister organization, Liberty Education Forum (LEF), does outreach and education on a range of issues relating to equality for LGBT Americans. The LEF White Paper, “Is It a Choice? The Science of Sexual Orientation,” details scientific evidence debunking the myth that a person’s sexuality is chosen or changeable, and can be found atlibertyeducationforum.org.
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.