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Video: Debate flares over gay California Republican group

“We want to be a part of the Republican Party and growing the party that’s a big tent and winning elections,” says John Musella, Log Cabin’s incoming chairman.
“We want to be a part of the Republican Party and growing the party that’s a big tent and winning elections,” says John Musella, Log Cabin’s incoming chairman. Sacramento Bee video

California Republican activists will decide Sunday on whether to grant charter status to a gay organization that has long been part of its ranks.

Log Cabin California, a group with 240 members, has spent years off and on trying to become an officially recognized volunteer group of the party.

“We have the support of legislative leaders; We have the support of a majority of the heart and soul of this party; and we want to be a part of the Republican Party and growing the party that’s a big tent and winning elections,” said John Musella, Log Cabin’s incoming chairman.

“We have been loyal Republicans for years and the whole goal and intent of this is to win elections and get Republicans elected to office.”

Some party activists, including Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove of Bakersfield, oppose the charter because the Log Cabin is not “pro-family.” Pressed by reporters, Grove refused to define what that meant.

Karen England, a conservative activist who is not a delegate, promised to mount a rigorous effort against chartering the LGBT group. She accused party leaders of trying to muscle through the group without going through the proper procedures.

“I would oppose any rule change that was about any organization that was focused on anyone’s sexual orientation and single-issue orientation advocacy – whatever that group is,” England said. She added: “Let’s at least have a fair argument about that.”

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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