Jim DeMint

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Log Cabin Republicans, a national organization for LGBT conservatives affiliated with the GOP, criticized South Carolina U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint today over anti-gay comments he made in an interview with Bloomberg News columnist Albert R. Hunt.

The increasingly outspoken and high profile Republican told Hunt he was opposed to marriage for same-sex couples and “cringed” at the thought of a gay or lesbian president.

“Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is,” DeMint told Hunt. “Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society.”

On the thought of a gay or lesbian president, DeMint said: “It would be bothersome to me just personally because I consider it immoral.”

Log Cabin Republicans said DeMint’s comments put a 2010 GOP comeback in question.

“Senator DeMint’s beliefs betray an un-conservative ideology that throws principle out the window when it becomes inconvenient,” Log Cabin Republicans National Spokesperson Charles T. Moran said in a release. “The primacy of state’s rights is the bedrock of our nation’s Constitution. The Senator betrays the trust of the American people when speaking and acting like a bully instead of a statesman. Senator DeMint’s continued antics put in jeopardy the GOP resurgence in 2010. This is the time for Republicans to unite and hold Democrats accountable for failed economic progress and out-of-control spending, and not waste time on divisive social issues.”

Log Cabin Republicans National Board Chairman Terry W. Hamilton said DeMint is not representative of most Republicans.

“It is disturbing to see such divisive and hateful words coming from a United States Senator, who is also a respected leader of the ‘Tea Party’ movement. In a state that has made great strides in overcoming discrimination, Senator DeMint’s comments reveal a belief that is anti-conservative and anti-Republican,” Hamilton said. “Senator DeMint is clearly out of the mainstream of GOP and American thinking. Good Americans and good Republicans don’t support discrimination of Senator DeMint’s brand – period.”

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

6 replies on “Log Cabin slams Jim DeMint for anti-gay comments”

  1. Dear Mr. Terry W. Hamilton ,

    There is nothing hateful about describing conduct that is sinful as being immoral. Discrimination is not itself a bad thing…it is something you and I do everyday…we discriminate between red and green traffic lights…here the good senator is discriminating between moral and immoral conduct…that’s hardly hateful…you should not be so intolerant of those who hold moral beliefs contrary to yours.

  2. In my book, bigotry and homophobia are immoral. So, in my opinion eriand and Sen.DeMint are both immoral bigots.

  3. It’s nice to see that the psychos from O.S.A. are here reading Q-notes! This ‘senator’ is a nut job and a hatemonger. I hope he rots in hell for his malicious comments.

  4. If the Log Cabin Republicans believe Senator DeMinted’s statements are out of the mainstream of the GOP, then why in hell does the GOP platform discriminate against LGBT Americans? I believe the Log Cabin Republicans are living in a fairytale land full elephants!

  5. It’s time for the Log Cabin Rebuplicans to pull their heads out of their asses. You can tell yourselves Senator DeMinted’s statements are out of the mainstream of the GOP till the cow’s come home. But telling yourself that doesn’t make it true. DeMinted is saying out load what the rest of the GOP says behind your backs. They want your votes guys, but they will never ever treat you as equal human beings.

  6. DeMint is nuts….. that’s obvious.
    But, Log Cabin folks….. GAY REPUBLICANS are even more nuts. You guys are either making some money by being republicans or you’re suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

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