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(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans call upon the National Defense Authorization Act conference committee to pass a bill without gratuitous attacks on gay and lesbian service members.

“Open service by gay and lesbian service members has been successfully integrated into the military. There is no call for intrusion by members of Congress pushing an agenda targeting service members and their families for discrimination,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director, combat veteran and officer in the US Army Reserve. “Gay and lesbian service members, like all of our men and women in uniform, have real battles to fight. The last thing we need is Congressman Akin pulling us into a culture war through antigay amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act hiding behind religious freedom. Log Cabin Republicans call upon the NDAA conference committee to set these amendments aside and focus on ensuring that all service members have the necessary resources to maintain our nation’s security.”


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.