Log Cabin Republicans Launch Maryland Chapter
For Immediate Release - Annapolis, MD
March 9, 2021
The Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland chapter announces its revival as a local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans national organization; a group dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies. This newly revived chapter brings the national organization’s chapter count to 46, located in 24 states, and the District of Columbia.
The Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland chapter mission is to build a Maryland Republican Party that is inclusive of Conservatives from all walks of life. It is often a talking point of the political left-wing that the GOP is not a welcoming organization to all, however Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland will work to discredit that false narrative.
“We want to show that the Republican Party is a big-tent party comprised of Americans from all backgrounds, which destroys the narrative perpetuated by the political left,” said Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland chapter President, Heath Barnes.
The Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland chapter will play an active role in continuing to advocate for LGBT issues in the State. Supporting Maryland Republican candidates who promote an inclusive Republican Party and stand for conservative values will be a primary focus of the chapter.
“Over the last seven years Marylanders have been able to breathe easier with a popular Republican Governor dedicated to the bringing business to the state, and who is upholding traditional Republican values.” said Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland chapter Vice President, Jimmy Jaramillo.
The chapter is looking forward to the upcoming 2022 Maryland State elections and ensuring a Republican occupies the Governor’s Mansion in Annapolis!
If you are interested in learning more or joining the Log Cabin Republicans of Maryland chapter, please e-mail [email protected] or visit lcrmaryland.org
About Log Cabin Republicans:
Since the late 1970’s, Log Cabin Republicans have a proud history of fighting to build a stronger, more inclusive Republican Party. LGBT Republicans and straight allies have chosen to transform the GOP from the inside, working to overcome the forces of exclusion and intolerance.
The name of the organization is a reference to the first Republican President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who was born in a Log Cabin. President Lincoln built the Republican Party on the principles of liberty and equality under the law.
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Thank you for your email. Many, many years ago, I was a member of the Log Cabin Republicans. Probably around Bush-43, I abandoned the Republican party. The term, “conservative,” had changed from fiscal conservatism to social conservatism. It was impossible for me to continue to support or be part of such an organization.
I am from Maine where we had “normal” Republicans – Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and others. Governor John Reed was governor of Maine when I was a kid. Those are the “Chamber of Commerce” Republicans I remember and support. Joint public/private sector projects to benefit society. Today? That’s completely gone. The Dixie Democrats jumped ship and joined the GOP about 1980, Jerry Falwell waddled onto the scene, and it was the beginning of the end of the GOP I remember. All that remains of that GOP today is the name over the door. I am genuinely gobsmacked when I hear statements from any of today’s Republicans on civil rights, social issues, and helping one’s fellow man. Barry Goldwater would be considered a far-left liberal by the GOP standards of today.
Not that all this wasn’t bad enough, but along comes Trump and the GOP still supports the man? Are you serious? This is utterly baffling. Can you imagine Nixon who opened the doors to the People’s Republic of China, if he were to see the GOP today? What would Jerry Ford or Nelson Rockefeller have to say? All this is so far beyond any sense of normalcy.
While it is not a bad idea to have the Log Cabin Republicans “on the inside” to represent LGBTQ issues, I wish you luck because even the RINOs don’t stand a chance to get the party back to the center. Your effort, I am afraid, will be a garden hose on a forest fire – noble, but ineffective.
The GOP embraced The Deplorables and now they must live with the consequences. This won’t end well. I don’t see the Millennials or Gen-Z crowd rushing to sign-up for the GOP. The party’s present position on Marriage Equality, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, and attitude toward immigration is the antithesis of how the younger crowd feels. Attrition alone dooms the party.
And, you are still stuck with Trump who just said he is not going to create a new party. He owns the Republican Party. That does not bode well.
So, I wish you good luck and best wishes. You are going to need it.