While GOProud seems to be reveling in their role as the abused stepchild, that's somehow hoping to get rich off of an inheritance (it's all very Dynasty), the Log Cabin Republicans are taking a more measured tone with regards to the Republican party's blatantly anti-gay platform.
While they're at least acknowledging that the GOP platform is devastatingly bad for gay Americans, they also seem to have hope that they're on their way to a pro-gay victory.
See what they have to say after the jump.
Apparently the heightened debate over same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues is giving the LCR hope that victory is near.
The Log Cabin Republican's director of programs, Casey Pick says, "When you back someone into a corner, they fight back twice as hard,"
While the GOP platform supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and the reinstatement of a military ban on openly gay servicemembers, Pick is still hopeful. Bizarrely hopeful. She quotes Gandhi, saying: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
Pick acknowledges that the tone of the party's discussions about same-sex marriage in meetings of the Constitution subcommittee was "hostile."
She even recognizes that the presence of the Log Cabin Republicans, who were, in fact, invited to participate in the platform drafting, may have encouraged more conservative members to strike out against gays more aggressively.
"We lost," she said. "And you could say the social conservatives in our party dropped the hammer harder because we were there."
So, while it's great that the Log Cabin Republicans were invited to participate in discussion with the GOP platform leaders, it sounds like they weren't actually welcomed with open arms, and their presence (this round) may have done more harm than good.
That said, persistence is key for any breakthrough, so maybe their presence is needed for the GOP to progress? Or is that progress simply not in the cards?