McCain, Log Cabin Cave To Radical Right On Federal Marriage Amendment

Our guest blogger is Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

A lot has changed since 2004.

That year, as political director at the Human Rights Campaign, I was in the midst of a long campaign against the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), which would ban marriage between same-sex couples. In that fight, I knew that I could count on Senator John McCain (R-AZ) to lead Republicans away from the radical religious right. We had different reasons for our opposition — he was maintaining federalism; we were working toward equality — but together we successfully protected the Constitution from this dangerous amendment.

Later that year, Log Cabin Republicans, the LGBT wing of the Republican Party, refused to endorse President Bush for reelection, citing his promotion of the FMA.

But now it’s 2008.

On Monday, McCain and his party signed on to a platform that devotes an entire section to the need for an FMA that “fully protects marriage as a union between a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it.” Instead of allowing Ellen and other gay and lesbian Americans protection for their families, McCain bowed to pressure from the radical right-wing voices in his party.

And yesterday the Log Cabin Republicans, who stood strong against President Bush and the FMA, chose to endorse John McCain for President.

I was proud to work with Senator McCain in 2004 to defeat the FMA. But in 2008, no matter what the Log Cabin Republicans say, Senator McCain does not support the rights of gay Americans.