Gay Republicans endorse McCain
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The national organization representing LGBT Republicans announced their endorsement of John McCain on Sept. 2. Voting 12-2, the Log Cabin Republicans board of directors stamped their seal of approval on the 72-year-old Republican nominee, saying McCain had “showed courage by bucking his own party’s leadership and the president — twice voting against the [Federal Marriage Amendment].”

Said Log Cabin Republican President Patrick Sammon, “In recent years, too many Republican politicians have used divisive social issues in an effort to win elections. Sen. McCain is a different kind of Republican. He understands the GOP lost its majority in Congress in 2006 largely because the Party focused on divisive social issues. Sen. McCain knows the politics of fear and division will damage our Party and our nation so he’s focusing the GOP on unifying core principles such as limited government, fiscal responsibility, and a strong national defense.”

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, issued a stinging response the same day, saying that McCain is not the “maverick” he often presents himself to be.

“John McCain claims to be a maverick who breaks with his party, but on matters of LGBT equality, he’s shown that he’s anything but,” Solmonese said. “He actively campaigned for a constitutional amendment that would have banned marriage and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples in his home state of Arizona. He went so far as to appear in television commercials for that campaign, is now supporting an amendment to strip marriage equality from California couples and has said that he would vote for a federal marriage amendment if laws already banning marriage equality were to be struck down by federal courts.”

Solmonese also took issue with McCain’s pick for vice president, saying that Sarah Palin also “supported bans on marriage and even domestic partner benefits in Alaska.”

Black Prides stick with Dems
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Federation of Black Prides’ Fund for Leadership endorsed the Democratic nominee for president on Sept. 3.

According to the organization, Barack Obama is a politician who “gets it in a very big way.”
“Senator Obama’s commitment to economic empowerment across the board and his embracing knowledge of LGBT related issues easily puts him in the front of the pack. Like many in LGBT communities of color, I believe that President Obama will help unify our communities in a way which finally gives equal opportunity to LGBT people of color who face double and sometimes triple minority status,” said Venton Jones, a Fund for Leadership board member from Dallas, Texas.

The International Federation of Black Prides is a multinational organization representing African-American LGBT and same-gender-loving Prides and community organizations.

Perdue endorsed by Conservation Council
RALEIGH — Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, who is campaigning to follow fellow Democrat Gov. Michael Easley into the state’s top executive office, was endorsed Sept. 3 by the Conservation Council of North Carolina.

Among their findings, the Council praised Perdue’s proposals to reduce global warming pollution by 80 percent, invest in businesses and communities that seek to be more energy efficient, create 10 percent of fuels used in N.C. from new biofuels grown and developed in-state and establish new energy reduction requirements for state buildings and fleets.

“Beverly Perdue will provide the leadership our state needs to thrive and prosper in the new energy economy,” said Dan Crawford, director of government relations for the Conservation Council. “She will help reduce our dependence on oil, strengthen our economy, and create jobs — in North Carolina — by expanding our production of clean, alternative energy.”

On the same day, the North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club also endorsed the Democratic candidate. Perdue faces Charlotte Mayor and GOP candidate Pat McCrory in the general election.