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

Patrick Sammon

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

Patrick Sammon

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The last couple of years have been challenging, to say the least, for the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans. President Bush came out in favor of a federal ban on same-sex marriage, forcing the group to issue a "nonendorsement" for president in 2004. And Log Cabin's leader, Patrick Guerriero, left to run the nonprofit, nonpartisan Gill Action Fund last September.

Former TV reporter and longtime Log Cabin member Patrick Sammon, who was given the helm in December, says his group can make a difference in Washington's new political landscape, where for the first time in 12 years his party knows what it's like to be a minority.

Do you think gay Americans are better off with Democratic majorities in the House and Senate?

Some issues will be considered by this Congress that weren't considered in the past, but there are a lot of issues that impact people's daily lives, and not all of them are related to gay rights. I'm not big into speculating. The reality today is that we are going to have some votes on [progay] bills, and Log Cabin is committed to getting some Republican support for those bills.

Some have said that former president Gerald Ford's passing in December marked the end of the moderate Republicans. Do you agree?

I don't think it would be accurate to say that his death is symbolic of a broader disappearance of moderate Republicans. You have seen the growing frustration in the party among many members about the tilt to the right on social issues. …

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