September 5, 1996 in Nation/World

Gay Republicans Endorse Dole

New York Times

A year after Bob Dole’s campaign accepted and then rejected its $1,000 campaign contribution, an organization of Republican homosexuals has officially endorsed Dole for president.

The endorsement came Wednesday after the group received the results of a mail ballot of the more than 100 delegates to the Log Cabin Republican’s convention in San Diego last month. Log Cabin officials said the delegates voted by 3 to 1 to endorse Dole.

Rich Tafel, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said Wednesday that his group had decided to endorse Dole out of party loyalty and because such an endorsement would allow his organization to continue to educate members of Dole’s campaign.

“We’re Republicans,” Tafel said. “And it gives us the opportunity to continue to work with this campaign.”

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