Texas gay Republican group chairman resigns over GOP’s new platform

Written by Javed Iqbal

The chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, a group of gay Texas GOP members, resigned from his post Thursday, KXAN reported.

Michael Cargill’s resignation as LCR’s head of state comes after the state party ratified a new platform calling homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice” at its convention in Houston last week.

“It’s just crazy people,” Michael Cargill told KXAN on Sunday. “It’s a small minority of people who are unchristian and broadcast this hateful language.”

LCR Texas Secretary and Austin Vice President David Garza and LCR San Antonio President Mimi Planas also resigned from the state board along with Cargill.

Cargill, who owns and operates an arms store in Austin, will continue to serve as president of LCR’s Austin branch and pursue the group’s interests through direct interactions with the GOP leadership at the Texas Capitol, he wrote in his resignation letter.

The resignation of the LCR Texas leadership comes amid setbacks to the state’s GOP’s new platform – some of it coming from senior national party members. Florida Senator Rick Scott, who chairs the GOP’s Senate Election Committee, said he “would not have supported” the homophobic language on Wednesday.

Scott also confirmed that he accepts the results of the 2020 election as valid and the Biden administration as legitimate. Republicans in Texas followed former President Donald Trump’s lie that widespread electoral fraud cost him the election, declaring President Biden an illegitimate leader in their new platform.

Former Ohio Gov. and Republican presidential candidate in 2016 John Kasich called the Texas GOP Convention a “clown show” on CNN Monday and added that “I think even clowns were embarrassed by what they saw down there.”

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