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Where Do Log Cabin Republicans Stand on Same-Sex Marriage?

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 11:13 PM

The conservative pro-gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans supports same-sex marriage, and made its case in 2015 in a brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices weighed conflicting rulings from lower courts on an issue that has sharply divided conservatives.

"Our amicus brief in support of marriage equality makes a one-of-a-kind argument targeted specifically at the conservative wing of the Court," Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said in a statement.

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The brief argued that state laws banning same-sex marriage also violate the Constitution in the area of campaign finance: Because married couples are entitled to certain exemptions on limits to political contributions, as long as gays cannot marry they are wrongly denied the same right.

Log Cabin Republicans are known for conservative positions on fiscal, economic and national security policy — and for parting company with social conservatives on issues such as gays in the military and same-sex marriage.

"Opposing gay and lesbian equality is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom," says the organization's mission statement.

The group says its name references President Abraham Lincoln, who was born in a log cabin and became America's first Republican commander in chief.

"President Lincoln built the Republican Party on the principles of liberty and equality," says a history of the organization posted at logcabin.org that urges the GOP to "return to its roots."

LCR does not, however, assert that Lincoln himself would have supported same-sex rights such as marriage equality — although commentators on both sides of the political aisle, from The Huffington Post to The Federalist, have speculated yea or nay based in part on Lincoln's anti-slavery views.

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