Log Cabin Republicans recently hosted their annual Spirit of Lincoln Gala in Palm Beach, Florida, which was attended by numerous high-profile Republicans, including former President Donald Trump. During the event, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced the RNC’s first LGBT Pride Coalition.

“Conservatives in Log Cabin don’t just share our vision for a free, secure and prosperous America — they enrich it by adding unique perspectives to our party and recruiting even more diverse candidates and supporters to join our cause,” McDaniel said. She added the “Pride Coalition” would “work alongside our other coalition groups to invest in communities and mobilize support for the upcoming midterms.”

The announcement sparked a discussion, resulting in some conservatives cautioning the RNC not to adopt the same identity politics used by the left to create tribalism and sensationalism. 

Texas Republican Party Chair Matt Rinaldi also rebuked the RNC’s attempt to pander. “We do not believe building GOP versions of left-wing movements further our cause and do not support this move by the Republican National Committee,” he stated in an RPT press release.

The RNC’s move could also conflict with the Texas Republican Party’s platform, crafted by grassroots activists in the state party. Plank 317 strongly supports the biblical definition of marriage. It also states, “We oppose the granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for LGBTQ+ behavior, regardless of state of origin.” 

Plank 245 of the platform also states, “No one should be granted special legal status based on their LGBTQ+ identification.”

Griffin White

After graduating high school with an associates degree in fine arts, Griffin chose to seek experience in his field of interest rather than attend university. He describes himself as a patriotic Fort Worth native with a passion for cars and guitars. He is now a fellow for Texas Scorecard.

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