GOP Gays Feel Party Has Strayed
Focus on fiscal restraint lost in courting Christian conservatives
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2007 6:29 PM CDT
Chris Barron is the political director for Log Cabin Republicans, a group made up of gay conservatives. LCR won't endorse a GOP candidate, but many members favor Rudy Giuliani.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Log Cabin Republicans are growing in number, but they’re also growing in frustration that the Grand Old Party is abandoning fiscal prudence for social extremism. Claiming 20,000 members in 40 chapters, the 30-year-old gay conservative group says the Republican platform will lose its relevance unless it looks beyond the obsessions of the religious right and focuses on limiting government, Reuters reports.

The president of the South Carolina chapter says the GOP’s been “hijacked by the social extremists.” He believes in low taxes and fiscal discipline, but he feels unwelcome in his own party. LCR will not endorse a candidate in 2008, but members' overwhelming favorite is Rudy Giuliani, whose support for domestic partnerships for gays has angered many traditional conservatives.