Trump Nominates LGBT Activist and Former Log Cabin Republicans Head to Top State Dept. Post

A homosexual activist instrumental in the campaign to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is Donald Trump’s latest pick for a senior position at the U.S. State Department. The president announced the nomination of R. Clarke Cooper to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. But the announcement left out a more controversial detail from Cooper’s resume: his two-year stint as president of Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), a pro-LGBT group dedicated to diluting and eventually eliminating the GOP’s traditional conservative stances on marriage, homosexuality, and transgender ideology. During Cooper’s 2010-2012 leadership of LCR, the group participated in a lawsuit challenging the military’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against open homosexuality in the military. A similar controversy is ongoing today, as Trump’s ban on transgender soldiers is currently working its way through the courts. Cooper has launched personal attacks against conservative and Christian groups. Cooper attacked the Boy Scouts of America for excluding homosexual members in accordance with its Christian conception of being “morally straight” (a policy it has since abandoned). In another, he accused the National Organization for Marriage of allegedly “exploit[ing] racial divisions” because the group emphasized minority communities’ opposition to same-sex “marriage.” Read more: