Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Log Cabin pushes law to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation

While we normally applaud Log Cabin Republicans for helping make the Republican Party more friendly to LGBT people, on issues such as marriage, adoption, and military service, we hope their recent push for Republican Party support of the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act" (LLEHCPA) fails.

Since it was founded ten years ago, Outright Libertarians has opposed all laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This puts us at odds with other LGBT groups like Log Cabin, because they only oppose laws that discriminate against LGBT people, and instead support laws that discriminate in favor of LGBT people. Unfortunately, that hypocrisy is not lost on the average voter, hence the pervasive charge that LGBT people want "special rights" from the government.

Log Cabin and other LGBT groups were on the right path when Democrats had neither the White House nor a majority in Congress -- they correctly pushed for "equal rights, not special rights" in the form of marriage, adoption, and military service. But now that the Democrats have control of Congress and could actually make an impact on these important equal rights issues, they've decided to go for the more politically expedient "special rights" embodied by LLEHCPA and ENDA (regulations on private employers).

Log Cabin was the absolutely last group we'd think would go along with that sort of bait-and-switch perpetrated by Democratic lawmakers on LGBT voters.