Log Cabin Republicans to Activists: Back Off Corporate Allies
May 26, 2011 | LGBT
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||CONTACT: PRESS SECRETARY
|(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans do not support the recent attacks on pro-equality corporations, including Orbitz, for advertising on America’s most-watched cable news channel, FOX News.
“At a time when gay and lesbian Americans are facing real challenges in states like Minnesota, Tennessee or North Carolina, when we have the opportunity for concrete progress in New York, and where there is work to be done in Washington on issues like employment nondiscrimination and tax equity, our advocacy organizations are attacking long-time corporate allies for advertising on FOX News? It’s not only a bad tactic, it’s going to do more long-term harm than anything else,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “If these armchair activists ever actually watched FOX News, they would know that there is a vibrant debate on the issue of LGBT equality occurring, with conservative champions like regular commentator Margaret Hoover speaking out in favor of freedom for all. FOX News’s legal analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, has argued against DOMA and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Even Glenn Beck, speaking on The O’Reilly Factor, expressed his opinion that gay marriage was not any sort of threat to American values. These tactics are short-sighted, uninformed, and unfair to corporations who have stood by our community through thick and thin. Our friends deserve better than to be condemned for simply doing what is best for their businesses by advertising on some of the most watched media available.”
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.