Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Log Cabin Fever: The Nation's Largest Gay Republican Organization Says Bush's Call for a Constitutional Marriage Ban Has Only Strengthened Its Resolve

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Log Cabin Fever: The Nation's Largest Gay Republican Organization Says Bush's Call for a Constitutional Marriage Ban Has Only Strengthened Its Resolve

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Do gay conservatives still have a place in the Republican Party after President Bush's February 24 endorsement of a federal constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage? Absolutely, says Patrick Guerriero, head of the gay group Log Cabin Republicans. Guerrero said he is furious with Bush--he may not endorse the president in the 2004 election--but his group is finding new strength.

"This is the most amazing time/or our organization," he said. "We are likely to double in membership in the course of one year. Through the early part of Log Cabin's history, most gay and lesbian conservatives had to be a bit more private. Now [as a result of Bush's announcement] there's this growing wake-up call across the country. The vast majority of calls and e-mails coming in to us say things like 'I want to start a [Log Cabin] chapter in my state.'"

While Log Cabin might have made excuses in the past, Guerriero has declared war on the president's policies. His group has launched a protest campaign in states key to Bush's reelection bid, including Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Ohio. It plans to make announcements on TV and radio stations flint cater to conservatives, moderates, and independents, denouncing the president's endorsement. …

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