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

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 state leader comes after the state party ratified a new platform calling homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice” at its Houston convention last week.

“These are just crazy people,” Michael Cargill told KXAN on Sunday. “It’s a small minority of people that are being un-Christian-like and spewing this hateful language.”

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

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

LCR Texas leadership’s resignations come amid backlash against the state GOP’s new platform—some of it coming from high-ranking national party members. Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who helms the GOP’s Senate elections 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. Texas Republicans parroted former president Donald Trump’s lie that widespread voter fraud cost him the election and declared President Biden an illegitimate leader in their new platform.

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

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