To Our SREC members,

April 7, 2018

 

To our SREC members,

 

We would first like to take this opportunity to thank you. To thank you for your service to our party, your service to your constituents, and your service to upholding the ideals of the Republican Party.

 

The Republican Party, our party, was founded on the basic principles of limited government, individual rights, and liberty. Our party leaders have vowed to uphold these rights as well as our God given, inalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as outlined in the United States Constitution. However, this morning in the SREC officials committee meeting these rights were not upheld.

 

In fact, this morning the sweeping arm of oversight, control, and suppression silenced one of our fellow GOP organizations. One of our organizations who “support equality under the law for all, free markets, individual liberty, limited government, and a strong national defense.” This organization has thousands of members across the country. In fact, they were recently recognized by the Republican National Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, who said, “on behalf of our Party, we will continue to stand with [you] as you advance the ideals of freedom over oppression – now, and for years to come. Your voices make our Party stronger, and our nation greater.”

 

In recent years the LGBT vote has swayed towards the Republican side. In the 2010 midterm elections exit polls across the country reflected that 31% of the LGBT vote was cast for Republican candidates, up from 19% in 2008. Additionally, over 10 million Americans are identifying as part of the LGBT cohort. Are these votes we want to lose? Are these votes we can afford to lose? As a political party we cannot take this for granted. Ronald Reagan once said, “The Republican Party, is a broad party.  There is room in our tent for many views; indeed, the divergence of views is one of our strengths.” There are almost 100,000 LGBT members of our United States Armed Forces. These individuals would fight and die for our right to exclude them, but imagine the strength and unity our party could exhibit if we welcomed them.

 

The Republican Party of Texas Platform has 260 planks. Less than ten of these planks deal with LGBT rights. That means we are excluding an entire facet our party and our base because they have a different opinion regarding less than 4% of our platform. This does not win elections. This does not make us Reagan’s big tent party. This makes us ineffectual and weak and smaller in numbers than we could be.   

 

The Log Cabin Republicans are just that, Republicans. They fight for what we fight for. They believe what we believe. They vote the way we vote. They are the boots on the ground during election cycles. They are the volunteers at our events. They are the donors to our galas. They are our precinct chairs, our young republicans, and our candidates. They are our party.

 

We leave you with one final quote from our 40th president, “We must keep the door open – offering our party as the only practical answer for those who, overall, are individualists.  And because this is the great common denominator – this dedication to the belief in man’s aspirations as an individual – we cannot offer them a narrow sectarian party in which all must swear allegiance to prescribed commandments.”

 

We ask you, the leaders of our state party, to vote in favor of allowing the Log Cabin Republicans and all other GOP organizations a place at our convention and a place in our party. We ask you to vote for the party Reagan represented and the party we know we can be. We ask you to vote for inclusion and open ideas so we can continue to be a party we can be proud of.

 

Signed,

 

Felisha A. Bull

Texas Young Republican National Committeewoman

Travis County Republican Party Precinct Chair

 

Jason Vaughn

Texas Young Republican SREC Liaison 

 

John Baucum

Texas Young Republican Chairman Emeritus

 

Jorge Villarreal

Texas Young Republican Club Development Director

 

James Rains

Houston Young Republicans President

 

Hayden Padgett

Collin County Young Republicans Vice-Chair

 

Cutter W. Gonzalez

Hill County Young Republicans Public Relations Director

 

Billy Pugh

Hill County Young Republicans County Director

 

Gabriel Nila

State House of Representatives HD 46 Candidate

 

Michael Cargill

Log Cabin Republicans of Austin President

Travis County Republican Party Precinct Chair

 

Cyndee O. Garza

Texas Young Republicans member

 

Austin Talley

Hill Country Young Republicans Political Action Director

 

Alec Lucas

University of Texas College Republicans President

 

Alex Aleppo

Texas Young Republicans member

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