Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was in hot water Wednesday with a major social conservative group after he refused to cancel a speaking engagement before a gay conservative group known as the Log Cabin Republicans. The Family Research Council, one of the most influential social conservative groups in the GOP, asked Cornyn to cancel the appearance, but the head of the Senate GOP’s campaign committee says he is not going to dismiss any help a month before crucial midterm elections, according to CNN.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, wrote that “it is deeply troubling” because the Log Cabin Republicans do not represent the ideals of the Republican Party.
“Your work in the U.S. Senate on issues important to the family is well known, as is your close association with Family Research Council and the work we do, which makes the association all the more distressing,” Perkins wrote in a letter provided to CNN by the FRC. “In deference to the work you have done against the debasement of our culture, I would ask respectfully that you withdraw from attending the event.”
“First, part of my job is to reach out to those committed to defeat Senate Democrats this November,” Cornyn wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. “The Log Cabin Republicans are doing just that, as they stand for fiscal discipline, limited government, and a strong national defense. We may not agree on several key issues, but we do agree that every committee in the United States Senate should be chaired by a Republican.
“Second, as social conservatives we affirm the basic dignity of every human life, including not only unborn children, but also adults with whom we may disagree. I believe we are all made in the image and likeness of God. I believe the beauty and blessing of America is that people of different faiths and creeds can live together in peace, despite serious disagreements. Respecting each other’s dignity does not mean ignoring those disagreements, but rather being honest about them, and working together where possible despite them. I trust that was the spirit in which I was invited to this event; I know it is the spirit in which I accepted it.”
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