"In a historic vote Sunday, a gay rights group won formal recognition from California’s Republican Party. "'This vote is not about orientation,' said Nathan Miller, a delegate with the Young Republican Federation. 'This vote is about participation. They deserve our support,' Miller announced to more than 1,000 delegates assembled at the Sacramento Convention Center."
"'I’ve known many of the Log Cabin members for years,' said Shawn Steel, a Republican National committeeman. 'They’ve supported Republican Party candidates in good years and in bad years.'"
"Republican Party Secretary Patricia Welch, a conservative from Humboldt County said, 'I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment. And I believe in the sanctity of life and I believe it begins at conception. I also have an abiding belief in my savior Jesus Christ. I also believe it is time for hard-working Log Cabin Republicans to be chartered into this organization.'"
"The vote means for the first time ever, gay Republicans are officially welcome to organize and recruit new members to the party."
"'Seventy-five percent of the delegates of the California Republican Party, which is the official Republican Party, affirmed that inclusion is the way we win elections in California,' said Charles Moran, chairman of the California Log Cabin Republicans. "And I think the Republican Party has moved away from fighting those ideological battles and is now focused on winning elections.'"
"'It shows that we welcome all groups whose stated goal is to elect Republicans,' said Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto."
"The Log Cabin Republicans are inspired by Abraham Lincoln, the Republican president who grew up in a log cabin and fought for equal rights – something the California Log Cabin Republicans believe they are fighting for as well."
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