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(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper issued the following statement in response to potential legislation to be introduced by Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH):“Last November the American people made their priorities perfectly clear. The primary mission of this Congress is to address trillions of dollars in deficits and out of control government spending, which will not happen if individual members take their eyes off the ball to manufacture controversy.  Just two months ago, Congressman Jordan said to me “Democrats are the party of government; we are the party of principle.” Today I am calling upon him to remember the core Republican principle that respects local government and states’ rights over interference from federal lawmakers. The people of the District of Columbia, through their duly elected officials, have chosen to grant all couples the right to marry regardless of their sexual orientation. As a conservative, I was brought up with the adage that ‘government governs best when it governs least.’ This Congress has important work to do without meddling in local affairs. Such an overreach sends a mixed message from a Republican party actively trying to shrink the role of government in Americans’ daily lives.”


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.