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PRESS RELEASE

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota
Contact, Dennis Sanders, Vice President-Public Relations
(612) 605-5630 or (612) 325-8066 (cell) Email: lcrminnesota@yahoo.com
Web: www.logcabinminnesota.org

For Immediate Release, August 30, 2004


Resolution Regarding the Endorsement of President Bush

Whereas, President Bush on February 24, 2004 indicated his support of the Federal Marriage Amendment which states the definition of marriage is "the union of man and woman;"

Whereas the national office of Log Cabin has expressed outrage at the attempt by the President to use "our sacred United States constitution" in order to score "political points in an election year;"

Whereas the national office of Log Cabin has also expressed disappointment that "some Republican leaders have abandoned the conservative principles" of the Republican party by favoring an amendment that goes against the values of liberty, equality and federalism;

Be it Resolved, Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota urges the national board of Log Cabin to accept the stance of "no endorsement" regarding the re-election of President George W. Bush.


This resolution passed unanimously at the monthly meeting of Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota, on May 5, 2004.

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Log Cabin Republicans is a nationwide grassroots organization working for inclusion of GLBT persons in the Party of Lincoln and supporting gay-friendly candidates for public office.


PRESS RELEASE

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota
Contact, Dennis Sanders, Vice President-Public Relations

(612) 605-5630 or (612) 325-8066 (cell)

Email: lcrminnesota@yahoo.com

Web: www.logcabinminnesota.org

For Immediate Release, July 16, 2004

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota “Deeply Disappointed” by Senator Norm Coleman’s Support of the Federal Marriage Amendment

MINNEAPOLIS - “We are disappointed that Senator Coleman decided to support writing discrimination into our constitution,” said Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota president Eva Young in response to Senator Norm Coleman’s support for the Federal Marriage Amendment which would ban same-sex marriage. “Though Senator Coleman publicly expressed concerns with the language of the amendment, he clearly stated he would vote in favor of an amendment to the constitution that would ban not on a federal level ban gay marriage, but also ban “all legal instances thereof,” which could mean Civil Unions, domestic partner arrangements, and even private contractual arrangements such as wills and power of attorney (medical and financial) for gay couples. This is an extremist, not a moderate position. We had hoped when Second Lady Lynne Cheney came out in opposition to the FMA, that Senator Coleman would follow her courageous example.”

The amendment died in the Senate July 14, 2004 in a 50-48 vote for cloture. Six Republicans crossed party lines to vote against cloture including Senators John McCain of Arizona, Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and John Sununu of New Hampshire.

“When Senator Coleman campaigned for the Senate he billed himself as a moderate, independent voice who would work to get things done in Washington,” said Vice President for Public Relations, Dennis Sanders. “His vote on Wednesday and his continued support for the FMA shows that he has decided to support extremists in the party who seek to make gays and lesbian Americans and taxpayers second class citizens.”

Eva Young argues that Coleman’s support for the amendment goes against Republican principles. “Republicans have always believed in federalism and civil rights. This amendment went against those Republican principles. Why does Mr. Coleman support an amendment that is against everything he supposedly believes in as a Republican? It seems that the Senator is more concerned with getting along with the extremists than he is in trying to protect the rights of all Americans.”

Mr. Sanders added that Log Cabin will continue to be a voice of change in the party concerning the issue of inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. “We are not leaving the party. Instead, we will continue to fight for change and challenge leaders like Senator Coleman to give up the politics of exclusion and work for a more inclusive society and an inclusive GOP. We will work with leaders who believe in tolerance and feel free to criticize those who practice exclusion.”

“The choice is clear,” Ms. Young says. “Either Senator Coleman will be a forward looking leader like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, or a backwards and exclusive leader like Arlon Lindner. The choice is his.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a nationwide grassroots organization working for inclusion of GLBT persons in the Party of Lincoln and supporting gay-friendly candidates for public office.

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota                           

Contact, Dennis Sanders, Vice President-Public Relations

(612)605-5630 or (612)325-8066 (cell)                                                                               Email: lcrminnesota@yahoo.com

Web: www.logcabinminnesota.org

 

For Immediate Release, June 14, 2004

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota Condemns Governor Pawlenty’s Call for Special Session on Same-Sex Marriage Ban

 

MINNEAPOLIS- “We are very upset that the governor has chosen to adhere to an extreme agenda in order placate the anti-gay Leviticus crowd,” said Log Cabin Minnesota President Eva Young in response to reports that Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty will call a special session to deal only with a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage. “Writing discrimination into our Constitution violates conservative and Republican principles. This amendment would not strengthen marriage—it will weaken our state.”

 

“As Republicans, we are outraged that any Republican—including our Governor—would support any effort to use our state Constitution as a way of scoring political points in an election year,” Young said.

 

The ban on same sex marriages goes against Republican principles because it allows government to decide who a person can love, and it also goes against the principle of equality in that it gives the state the power to discriminate.

 

Vice President for Public Relations Dennis Sanders also expressed outrage that in a time when many issues including the bonding bill, revisions to the sex-offender statutes and funding for the Northstar Commuter Rail line were left undone, Governor Pawlenty is focusing on same-sex marriage.  “The Governor needs to decide if he is the Governor for all of Minnesota or the governor of a small, radical fringe.”

 

Pandering to the far-right will only scare off centrist and independent voters who will hold the balance in elections.  The Governor should be working on getting DFL and GOP leaders back in a special session devoted to real issues that the state needs to face such as education, transit and crime.

 

Young stressed Log Cabin Minnesota will stay in the fight for inclusion and tolerance.  “We are loyal Republicans, but we will not remain silent when some in out party use the state constitution as a vehicle for discrimination.  We will continue to be a voice for inclusion and fight against those who seek to limit the freedoms of gay and lesbian Minnesotans.”

Log Cabin Republicans is a nationwide grassroots organization working for inclusion of GLBT persons in the Party of Lincoln and supporting gay-friendly candidates for public office.

 

 

 

Log Cabin Endorses David Dayhoff for the Minneapolis School Board
 
 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota                         

Contact, Dennis Sanders, Vice President-Public Relations

(612)605-5630                                                                                                               Email: lcrminnesota@yahoo.com

Web: www.logcabinminnesota.org

 

For Immediate Release, June 17, 2004

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota Endorse David Dayhoff for Minneapolis School Board

 

MINNEAPOLIS- The Minnesota chapter of Log Cabin Republicans decided unanimously on June 9 to endorse David Dayhoff, a Republican candidate for the Minneapolis School Board. 

 

The chapter made the decision after meeting with Mr. Dayhoff in May.  Mr. Dayhoff expressed support for the district’s Out for Good Program which supports Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered students, teachers and parents. He also expressed support for comprehensive sexuality education. 

 

Minnesota Chapter President Eva Young believes Mr. Dayhoff represents a new breed of Republican that is willing to tackle urban issues with tolerance and compassion.  “We are proud to endorse a man like David Dayhoff who believes in making the learning environment for GLBT children a positive one and not one filled with intimidation.  We are even prouder that this man is a Republican who believes in inclusion and diversity and not discrimination.”

 

Mr. Dayhoff believes the current School Board is out of touch with the community, and has failed to champion a new strategic vision needed to respond to year after year of student flight and budget cuts. If elected, he will provide a fresh voice to restore Board leadership and spur innovation.

 

Mr. Dayhoff will present campaign literature at Twin Cities Pride June 26-27 that will specifically address the concerns of the GLBT community. The information will be available at the Log Cabin booth.

 

For more information on Mr. Dayhoff’s campaign, please visit his website at www.votedayhoff.org.

 

Log Cabin Republicans is a nationwide grassroots organization working for inclusion of GLBT persons in the Party of Lincoln and supporting gay-friendly candidates for public office.