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Log Cabin Disagrees
with RNC Chair's Stance on Civil Unions

Log Cabin Disagrees
with RNC Chair's Stance on Civil Unions

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The Log Cabin Republicans are sending mixed signals in an email to members -- denouncing Republican Party Chief Michael Steele's (pictured) latest comments on civil unions in the text while congratulating Steele in the subject line.

Republican Party Chief Michael Steele's (pictured) latest comments on civil unions "marginalize gay and lesbian Americans, and further alienate" moderate voters, Log Cabin Republican Chairman Terry Hamilton said in an email statement to members on Wednesday. But the subject line of that statement sent mixed signals.

"Log Cabin Congratulates Michael Steele," the email's subject line read -- the same subject line of the statement sent by the organization on January 30 after Steele's win as chair.

Log Cabin currently faces staffing and budgetary shortfalls. In the upcoming April issue of The Advocate , Log Cabin chairman Terry Hamilton said that the predictions that the organization will soon see its demise are "greatly exaggerated." The group was $100,000 in debt after 2008 proved to be a weak funding year, but donors were able to accumulate $125,000 to keep the group afloat.

Earlier this week, Steele responded to a questions by radio host Mike Gallagher on whether Republicans should start to consider civil unions for same-sex couple. He said it was out of the question.

"No, no no," he said. "What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn't something that you just kind of like, "Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage."

Right after Steele was selected as chairman in January, Log Cabin Republicans congratulated the party for selecting a leader who describes himself as moderate. Steele co-founded the Republican Leadership Council, which encourages fiscal responsibility and personal liberties, with former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and Senator John Danforth. During the campaign to lead the GOP, Steele stressed the need to cast a wider net in recruitment efforts, and embracing those who support marriage equality and abortion, issues that are counter to the traditional Republican agenda. (Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com)

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