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History of Log Cabin Republicans

By    |   Saturday, 04 Jul 2015 05:12 PM

The Log Cabin Republicans rose up after the successful 1978 defeat of the Briggs Initiative in California, according to the group's website, LogCabin.org.

The measure, promoted by Republican State Sen. John Briggs, was a statewide ballot initiative designed to keep gays and lesbians from teaching in the state's public schools.

It went nowhere with voters after then-Gov. Ronald Reagan stepped in to spearhead its defeat. Reagan, even as he was preparing to mount a presidential bid, spoke out against it, saying it was unnecessary because laws in place protected children. His support came as his advisers warned it would harm his political career, the website said. It did not.

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Noted Reagan of the ballot measure: “It has the potential for real mischief. What if an overwrought youngster, disappointed by bad grades, imagined it was the teacher’s fault and struck out by accusing the teacher of advocating homosexuality? Innocent lives could be ruined.”

The measure lost by more than a million votes, making it enormously powerful for the then-fledgling gay rights movements, and in the wake of its defeat, the Log Cabin Republicans, led by several gay conservatives in the state, was born.

The name was chosen to reflect the values of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican who was born in a log cabin, National Journal reported, noting the group's ongoing growth over the decades.

In a 2014 story about the group's emerging strength, National Journal said: "Log Cabin Republicans' lobbying across the country has led to more than 250 GOP legislators casting votes in favor of marriage equality; five currently sitting Republican members of Congress who support the freedom to marry; nearly one-quarter of the Senate GOP caucus voting in support of employment protections for LGBT individuals—and that's just for starters."

A gay activist from Georgia, Jamie Ensley, was named the chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans in January 2015. He is the first chairman from the deep South, noted the LGBT news website The Georgia Voice.

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