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Gay GOP leader says he'd vote for Santorum
Schlein's comments stand in
contrast to statements from
national LGBT Republican groups
JOHN WRIGHT I Senior Political Writer
Local gay Republican leader Rob Schlein ig-
nited controversy in August by declaring that he'd
vote for Texas Gov. Rick Perry over President
Barack Obama if Perry wins the GOP nomination,
despite the governor's anti-gay record.
Schlein, president of Metroplex Republicans of
Dallas, went a step further this week when he said
he'd even support former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick
Santorum over Obama if Santorum turns out to be
the GOP nominee.
Santorum, who has famously compared same-
sex marriage to man-dog marriage and is widely
considered the most anti-gay candidate in the race,
finished in a virtual tie atop this week's Iowa cau-
cuses with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom-
Schlein said although Metroplex Republicans
doesn't plan to make an endorsement in the GOP
race, he now personally supports Romney. But he
added that he would vote for Santorum over
Obama, even though he doesn't believe Santorum
has any chance of winning the nomination.
"We're going to all vote for the Republican, no
matter who it is, even Rick Santorum," Schlein
said of his group's members during an interview
with Dallas Voice about the Iowa results. "We have,
to focus right now like a laser beam on the one
issue that matters today, and that's getting the eco-
nomic house in order. Any Republican, including
Rick Santorum, will do a better job than Barack
Obama on the economy. It doesn't matter what
anti-LGBT positions he's taken in the past."
Schlein's statements last year about supporting
Perry were one factor that led National Log
Cabin Republicans to de-charter the group's Dal-
las chapter, in which Schlein served as president.
And Schlein's comments about Santorum this
week stood in stark contrast to statements from
both National Log Cabin and GOProud respond-
ing to the Iowa results.
Log Cabin Executive Director R. Clarke
Cooper said in a statement issued Wednesday,
Jan. 4, that Santorum rose to the top of the: cau-
cuses by appealing to "a uniquely socially con-
"As the nomination process moves forward,
Log Cabin Republicans suggest all of the candi-
dates reject Santorum's politics of division and
win by focusing on the issues that matter most to
Americans — jobs and the economy" Cooper
said. "If using gay and lesbian Americans as a
wedge: can't score enough political points to win
more than 25 percent in Iowa, it certainly won't
help the Republican nominee in November."
Asked to respond to Schlein's comments, the
president of the newly rechartered Dallas chapter
of Log Cabin Republicans, Thomas Purdy, called
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CELEBRATION | GetEQUAL activist C.D. Kirven, left, hugs Rafael McDonnell, programs and advocacy manager for Resource Center Dallas, as trans rights ac-
tivist Pam Curry, right, looks on after the Dallas County Community College District board voted Tuesday, Jan. 3, to add protections for transgender employees and
students to its nondiscrimination policies. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)
Only 1 community college district
trustee votes against change
DAVID TAFFET I Staff Writer
The Dallas County Community College Dis-
trictboard of trustees voted Tuesday, Jan. 3 to add
gender identity to the district's non-discrimina-
tion policies. The: vote came less than three
months after the trustees initially declined to add
the specific protections, saying the policies were
The trustees approved three measures this
week. The first protects transgender employees
from discrimination and harassment, while two
additional policies cover students — in the stu-
dent code of conduct and in the district's nondis-
The policy change was first proposed last
spring when Resource Center Dallas Communi-
cations and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDon-
nell contacted DCCCD Trustee Diana Flores, who
has supported the policy change from the begin-
"It wasn't difficult at all," Flores said after the
board meeting about convincing her fellow
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