Log Cabin was founded in 1978 to battle the nation’s first anti-gay ballot measure – California’s Proposition 6 known as “The Briggs Initiative”, which would have made it legal to dismiss gay or lesbian public school teachers solely based on their sexual orientation. The gay Republican opposition in Los Angeles came to refer to itself as the Log Cabin Club in reference toAbraham Lincoln and the heritage of the Republican Party. These first Log Cabin activists enlisted Ronald Reagan to publicly oppose the California measure, which then went down to defeat. Since then, Log Cabin Republicans has grown to become a leading voice on the national stage on behalf of the mainstream concerns of the gay and lesbian community. LCR was leading the way in the fight to repeal DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), seeking marriage equality by pushing for repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), and pushing for the end of ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)
Locally, Log Cabin Republicans of MN was reinvigorated in 2005, seeking to fight against efforts to amend the state constitution restricting marriage to a union between only 1 man 1 woman. Attempts were made in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and finally onto the ballot in 2012. LCR MN joined the coalition efforts to defeat the Minnesota Amendment 1 (Minnesota Marriage Amendment) and win the passage of marriage equality soon after.
Who We Are
Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota believe in the conservative Republican ideals of:
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Individual Liberty and Responsibility
- Free Markets
- Strong National Defense
- Strong and Stable Families
We stand for the proposition that all of us are created equal-worthy of the same rights to freedom, liberty, and equality. We believe that the conservative principles and the moral values on which they stand are consistent with the pursuit of equal treatment under the law for gay and lesbian Americans.
We welcome all supporters, straight or LGBT, to help advance our mission of a more inclusive, majority GOP.