Who We Are
Log Cabin Republicans of Texas is the unifying Board of all local chapters in Texas of Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s original and largest organization representing gay conservatives and allies who support freedom and equality under the law for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or sexual minority status. Log Cabin Republicans has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time staff in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee, and state political action committees. In Texas, those chapters are in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
What We Believe
We are loyal Republicans. We believe in limited government, strong national defense, free markets, low taxes, personal responsibility, and individual liberty. Log Cabin represents an important part of the American family—taxpaying, hard working people who proudly believe in this nation’s greatness. We believe all Americans have the right to liberty and equality. We believe equality for all people is the founding tradition of the Republican Party, and that opposing equality for people based on their sexual orientation or sexual minority status is inconsistent with the GOP’s core principles of smaller government and personal freedom.
Why We Exist
Log Cabin Republicans of Texas work to join with fellow Republicans of all stripes to define new solutions and under the principles of the Constitution and limited government, to address the many issues confronting the party today, especially those affecting sexual minorities.
We are first and foremost a grassroots organization. Thousands of members in dozens of chapters across the country work inside the GOP to change hearts and minds, and to advance a principled conservative approach to questions regarding freedom and equality for sexual minorities, and to act as a voice within the GOP for gay and lesbian Republicans as well as our Republican allies. One person at a time, we are building a stronger Republican party and a better America.
Aside from our growing membership base spread around the nation, Log Cabin boasts an experienced political staff in our nation’s capital. The office serves as an important link to Republican Party leaders. We are gaining new allies for equality everyday in Washington and around the nation.
To achieve a more inclusive GOP, it is important for gay and lesbian Americans participate in the Republican Party, educating those who fail to understand the need for civil equality and equal protection under the law. GLBT Republicans are shattering stereotypes and educating the GOP’s rank-and-file about the importance of fairness and equality for all Americans, including gay and lesbian Americans. We are on the path to progress.
Aside from working for change within the GOP, Log Cabin continues building new alliances in the gay and lesbian community. Both parties have an important role to play in advancing our civil rights. To attain substantial legislative progress, we need votes from both sides of the aisle—Republican and Democrat. Over the last three decades, many activists worked hard to make the Democratic Party more inclusive on GLBT issues. Log Cabin Republicans are doing the same important work within the GOP. Without more allies in the Republican Party, equality will be impossible to achieve. With your help (and that of your friends) we can achieve our goals in the near future.
A Proud Past & A Bright Future
Log Cabin Republicans got its start in California during the late 1970s when gay and lesbian Republicans banded together to help defeat an anti-gay ballot initiative. The so-called Briggs Initiative, which would’ve prohibited gay people from teaching in public schools, was heading for passage until former California Governor and future President Ronald Reagan spoke out against the proposal. California voters soundly rejected the Briggs Initiative. From that pivotal campaign, the first Log Cabin chapters formed in the Golden State.
In 2004, the Republican Party marked the 150th anniversary of its first national convention. The GOP rose to power because it embraced the ideals of equality imagined by our nation’s founding fathers and ensured by our Constitution. When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a “new birth of freedom”, was indeed given to our country. Now, more than 150 years later, the GOP has another chance to choose fair treatment over unfair discrimination, equality over division, hope over fear, and freedom over oppression.
We believe that we must win the war of ideas, with Republican ideas, and that we must all as Americans join to achieve an evermore perfect advance towards the party’s wise and wonderful stated commitment to the ideals of limited government, freedom of belief and conscience, of the autonomous, self-reliant individual – of what it means to possess true personal independence; and that under our Creator and under our law, “all men are created equal.”
We believe that in advancing that common cause, we will make the party stronger, and thus help secure the future of our country, which after all, is the whole point of our party’s existence.