Log Cabin Republicans are making their message to party leaders clear: Support equality for LGBT Americans or risk extinction.
In an ad published in Politico today, the group of gay Republicans called on their party to "put an end to its obsession with opposing equal rights for LGBT Americans."
"If you don't make the tent bigger, you might as well fold it up and go home," the full-page ad declares, referencing President Ronald Reagan's "big tent" philosophy for the Republican Party.
Following the relaunch of LCR earlier this month, the ad is part of a new aggressive push by the organization to urge the GOP not to be beholden to social conservatives who argue for gay exclusion. The ad comes as Rhode Island is poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state Senate approved a marriage equality bill yesterday with the backing of the entire Senate GOP Caucus.
"Some Republicans just don't get it," said LCR Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo in a statement, referencing "an element of the GOP remains hell-bent on emphasizing exclusion over inclusion."
"Make no mistake: as Log Cabin Republicans, we want to win elections, and if the Republican Party wants to do the same it needs to take a stand against anti-gay rhetoric in its ranks and welcome the increasing numbers of Republicans who support the freedom to marry," said Angelo.