October 20, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 42
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Log Cabin Republicans Respond to Shameful Tactics of Anti-Gay Groups
No One Should Use Foley Scandal for Political Gain

(Washington, DC) Anti-gay groups should stop using the Mark Foley scandal to push their anti-gay agenda, said Log Cabin Executive Vice President Patrick Sammon. This is a political scandal and a personal scandal, but it should not be used to denigrate gay and lesbian Americans. The anti-gay groups appear more interested in using this situation to score political points than in figuring out exactly what happened in this terrible situation.

"Millions of gay and lesbian people go to work, pay taxes, raise families, and make this country a better place to live. Their lives and character shouldn't be demeaned because of Mark Foley' s disgusting behavior or the Congressional leadership's response to it," Sammon said.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Paul Weyrich from the Free Congress Foundation, American Values President Gary Bauer, and Pat Buchanan, among others, have been using this situation to push their anti-gay agenda. Tony Perkins said on Hardball with Chris Matthews that gay men are more likely than heterosexual men to molest young people. Also, Pat Buchanan made an identical claim on the same program. These claims are categorically false. In fact, in 1998 the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 98 percent of male pedophiles are heterosexual.

"These people should spend more much time holding our elected officials accountable for their behavior and less time scapegoating gay Americans," said Sammon.


Log Cabin Republicans is the nation's largest organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Log Cabin has state and local chapters nationwide, full-time offices in Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC, and a federal political action committee.

John Bevis
Log Cabin Republicans
Staff Assistant
1901 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 902
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 347 - 5306

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