Conservatives Blast Chair of Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee for Helping Homosexual Activist Group Raise Money

September 22, 2010 - 4:05 AM
Move Seen as 'An Affront' to GOP Core.

Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Ariz.) spoke against the Johnsen nomination at a business meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Johnsen's nomination was moved out of committee on a strictly party line vote of 12-7. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) - Social conservative groups are blasting Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the head of the National Republican Senatorial (Campaign) Committee, for accepting an invitation to speak at a Wednesday evening fundraiser hosted by a homosexual activist group.

In a letter to Cornyn, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, expressed “profound disappointment” that the Texas senator had agreed to participate in a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans.

“How can a group that professes allegiance to the GOP at the same time be committed to using judicial activism to advance its radical social policies even at the risk of undermining the U.S. military and, as a result, national security?” Perkins asked.

Cornyn was one of 40 Senate Republicans who voted Tuesday to halt a defense appropriations bill that contained a repeal of the military policy that prohibits homosexuals from serving in the military. 

Perkins pointedly reminded Cornyn that the Log Cabin Republicans were responsible for bringing a recent lawsuit, Log Cabin Republicans v. The United Sates of America, seeking to end the military’s ban on homosexuals.

“No doubt you have heard that U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in California’s central district issued an opinion on this past Thursday striking down the prohibition against open homosexuality in the military. I don’t need to explain to you what a blatant example of judicial activism this represents,” Perkins wrote.

Perkins also pointed out that in 2004 the Log Cabin Republicans used money from liberal billionaire George Soros to run ads attacking President George W. Bush for re-election, and that the organization had worked with other groups to try to change the GOP platform on marriage--which supports traditional marriage--to a pro-same-sex stance.

“In the last several years, these groups united to do political combat with social conservatives to insert liberal views into the Republican Party,” Perkins said.

Cornyn’s office and the NRSC referred CNSNews.com to a letter the senator wrote in response to Perkins, in which he defended his upcoming appearance at the fundraiser for the homosexual activist group.

“I accepted for two reasons--first, part of my job is to reach out to those committed to defeat Senate Democrats this November,” Cornyn wrote, while saying that the Log Cabin Republicans supported “fiscal discipline, limits of government, and a strong national defense.”

“We may not agree on several key issues, but we do agree that every committee in the United States Senate should be chaired by a Republican,” Cornyn said.

“Second, as social conservatives, we affirm the basic dignity of every human life, including not only unborn children, but also adults with whom we may disagree,” he wrote.

Saying that he believed that “the beauty and blessing of America is that people of different faiths and creeds can live together in peace despite serious disagreements,” Cornyn added: “Respecting each other’s dignity does not mean ignoring those disagreements, but rather being honest about them and working together where possible despite them. I trust that was the spirit in which I was invited to this event. I know that it is the spirit in which I accepted it.”

A Big Mistake?

Social conservatives say they are incensed that the head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee would help raise funds for a homosexual activist group. Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, said Cornyn’s decision was inexplicable, given the fact that the senator has supported Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and traditional marriage in the past--and that the Log Cabin Republicans are far from mainstream.

“I don’t buy it, I don’t understand it and I think he’s making a big mistake,” he told CNSNews.com.

“Would he (Cornyn) go speak to a group that was for a 90 percent federal income tax and say, ‘You know, we need to respect their opinions, and I need to speak to them?’” Wildmon asked.

“If it were a fiscal issue in which they were way out of line with the base of the Republican Party, I really don’t think Sen. Cornyn would go speak to that group,” Wildmon said.

Cornyn was under no obligation to speak at the fundraiser just to show his respect for everyone’s dignity, Wildmon told CNSNews.com.

“He could have issued a press release saying he respected the dignity of everyone,” Wildmon said. “That’s ridiculous.”

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, told CNSNews.com that his group is pleased Cornyn will appear alongside Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional (Campaign) Committee. The group wouldn’t respond to Perkins’ charges, he said.

“As a Republican, as a Christian, as a gay man, I would offer that being a conservative and being gay is not mutually exclusive,” Cooper told CNSNews.com. “Being a person of faith and being gay (are) not mutually exclusive.

“The crux of the issue, I think, for Mr. Perkins and our conservative colleagues at the Family Research Council, is the belief that sexual orientation is a lifestyle choice, and it’s not," said Cooper. "What is a choice is being politically conservative. What is a choice is practicing one’s faith. Being born a certain skin color, or a certain gender or a certain eye color--those are not choices.”

Wildmon, however, said the Log Cabin Republicans promote a homosexual behavior as equivalent to marriage, and Cornyn will be tacitly endorsing the homosexual agenda by helping raise money for a group that promotes the homosexual agenda.

“You’re talking about men having sex with men--that’s what you’re promoting when you go there,” Wildmon said. “These people are for same-sex marriage. They're fundamentally opposed to the core of the Republican Party on that one."

Wildmon also said Cornyn should know that he has angered pro-family conservative Republicans to placate homosexual activists.

“This is an affront to pro-family conservatives who make up a large percentage of the Republican Party to appease – I don’t know who," Wildmon told CNSNews.com.

“What, are the Log Cabin Republicans not going to vote Republican if Sen. Cornyn doesn’t go to speak to them?

“I don’t buy that reasoning at all,” he said. “This gains him zero.”