When the president of Log Cabin Republicans of Austin, an advocacy group of LGBT Republicans, was nominated last month to be a precinct chair for the Travis County Republican Party, some members shifted in their seats. One woman with eyebrows furrowed scribbled a note with the word “gay” and passed it to a fellow precinct chair.
Michael Cargill, a Second Amendment activist and gun shop owner who is openly gay, was up for a vote again, after being one of at least three Log Cabin Republicans who have been turned away from filling vacant precinct chair seats in the past six months.
“I was furious. There’s no reason for it,” Cargill said. “As liberal as Travis County is, you would think they would be more accepting.”
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