Fighting to protect our sacred Constitution

February 11, 2004 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(WASHINGTON, DC) – "Writing discrimination into the Constitution is wrong. It is not conservative, it is not Republican, and it will not strengthen America," said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero, in response to the President's possible support of an anti-family Constitutional amendment.

"As conservative Republicans, we are outraged that any Republican – particularly the leader of our party and this nation – would support any effort to use our sacred United States Constitution as a way of scoring political points in an election year," Guerriero said.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the law of the land. DOMA means no state shall have to recognize marriages or civil unions from another state. There is no case before any court in America challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

History will not look back kindly on this assault of our Constitution. This amendment is the product of the radical right. They have mastered the art of gay-bashing after decades of practice. The anti-family federal marriage amendment would turn back the clock on our basic rights by denying not only civil marriage, but also civil unions and possibly even domestic partnerships. That is why Log Cabin considers support for this amendment a declaration of war on gay and lesbian families and an attack on our sacred Constitution.

Log Cabin understands that sharp disagreements exist about how to recognize gay and lesbian families. This is a new and complex issue for all Americans. We encourage a healthy national dialogue. We base our opposition to an amendment on the principles of American freedom outlined in our Constitution.

"Log Cabin will fight the Federal Marriage Amendment all across this county, state by state, if we must. We will use our political resources to stop anyone from writing discrimination into our Constitution," said Log Cabin Political Director Mark Mead.

"We are disappointed that some Republicans leaders have abandoned the conservative principles on which this party was built. Liberty, equality and Federalism form the bedrock of Republican values. Some in our party have turned away from these principles to satisfy the radical right. Simply put, this is politics over principle," added Guerriero.

Pandering to the radical right will alienate the centrist, fair-minded swing voters who will ultimately decide the winner of what promises to be a close Presidential election. The President's re-election campaign should be centered on fighting terrorism, cutting taxes and jump-starting the economy. Now, following the same failed path of 1992, we hear the echoes of Pat Buchanan that helped lead to the defeat of the first President Bush.

"Log Cabin's mission is bigger than any one person, one election or one issue. We will not abandon our conservative principles, even as others toss their principles aside for short-term political gain," concluded Guerriero.

No matter what happens in the coming months, Log Cabin will stay in the GOP and fight – fight for fairness, liberty and equality. We will be a strong presence in New York at the GOP's 2004 convention. We will mobilize all our resources and grass roots strength to fight an anti-family Constitutional amendment.

Fair-minded Republicans, Democrats, and independents must work together to protect the American Constitution. Log Cabin is dedicated to doing everything possible to stop this anti-family amendment. This will be a difficult fight, but we will prevail because the American people instinctively understand that discrimination has no place in our Constitution.