America’s largest gay and lesbian Republican organization, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), said stopping President Barack Obama from being reelected in 2012 was one of their top priorities.
Despite the fact that Obama pushed for a repeal of the controversial military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and ordered the U.S. Justice Department to stop defending a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, former LCR national board chairman Bob Kabel told Newsmax the president was “a real disappointment.”
“I, frankly, was one who really believed that perhaps we were at a moment in history where his sort of optimism and sort of self-stated ability to bring people together would actually make a difference,” he said.
“But what we’ve seen in the execution during his administration has really been very disappointing – it’s actually the opposite. He’s extraordinarily partisan, he’s extraordinarily liberal, he’s really made very little effort, if any, to bring certainly Republicans and more conservative people together to resolve the nation’s issues.”
Kabel warned that the Republican Party needed to avoid social issues and instead focus on the economy if they wanted to defeat Obama in 2012.
Gay and lesbian voters’ support for Republican candidates increased by over ten percent since 2008, according to a survey taken after the November 2010 elections.
National exit polls for the midterm House races showed that 31 percent of gay and lesbian voters backed the GOP, compared to only 19 percent in the 2008 elections.
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