The Log Cabin Republicans, a group dedicated to representing LGBT Republicans, on Wednesday derided President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage.
“That the president has chosen today, when LGBT Americans are mourning the passage of Amendment One, to finally speak up for marriage equality is offensive and callous,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director.
The President’s announcement came just a day after voters in North Carolina passed an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman.
“Log Cabin Republicans appreciate that President Obama has finally come in line with leaders like Vice President Dick Cheney on this issue, but LGBT Americans are right to be angry that this calculated announcement comes too late to be of any use to the people of North Carolina, or any of the other states that have addressed this issue on his watch,” Cooper added.
“This administration has manipulated LGBT families for political gain as much as anybody, and after his campaign’s ridiculous contortions to deny support for marriage equality this week he does not deserve praise for an announcement that comes a day late and a dollar short.”
GOProud, another group that represents LGBT Republicans, described Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage a “cold comfort.”
“This is hardly a profile in courage by President Obama,” GOProud founder Christopher R. Barron said. “For years now, President Obama has tried his hardest to have it both ways on this issue.”
A number of prominent Democrats — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan — have recently backed same sex marriage.