After years of relative obscurity, Log Cabinthe gay Republican club formed in California in 1977has found itself in the National spotlight. George Bushs unequivocal opposition to gay marriage put them at the forefront of one of the most hotly contested elections in years. With the issue of whether or not to support the President distilling into a stark choice between their civil rights and their loyalty to the party, 2004 forced the Gay Republicans to a crude decision: what was more important, being gay or being Republican?
This documentary follows a handful of Log Cabin members on their different paths to "Decision 2004." A stereotype-shattering, gut wrenching portrait of an organization in turmoil that is incisive, moving, disturbing and humorous.
Watch as POLITICS GETS PERSONAL.
Alongside this political turmoil are some colorful personalities that remain amusingly memorable. -- Variety, November 17, 2004
Examines the schism created this year in Log Cabin Republicans when Bush called for an amendment to ban gay marriage. -- Hollywood Reporter, November 15, 2004
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I felt the director and interlocutor of this production were extremely biased and interjected their left-wing viewpoint into the narrative whenever possible, but I do credit them for at least giving the Log Cabinites the chance to speak. They could have pulled a Chris Matthews and interrupted them continuously but they did not. Therefore, as I really enjoyed the documentary, I'll give it four stars.
Surprisingly, as it came out in 2004, the film is already dated because the anti-Bush perspective is now absurd. The Democratic frontrunners--Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards--refused to have anything to do with supporting gay marriage the other night during the forum on the Logo Channel. The present day makes the "Republicans Evil/Democrats Good" slant of the narration look as foolish and shortsighted as we now know it to be.
The bottom line is that most gay activists are dishonest. Civil unions are about "rights" but marriage has nothing to do with it. The disadvantages they cite are accurate and unfair, but they can be easily ameliorated with the passage of civil union legislation. The longing for gay marriage has nothing to do with justice. It would be nice though if we could have an honest discussion about this subject but PC has made that impossible. With activists describing voting for Bush as being like Jews voting for Hitler, no meaningful exchange of ideas is possible with them. Also, it would be nice if people could be a little more deep; one's sexuality should not be the entire basis for their political views.
The cover of this DVD only shows white men. That was a grave error in that a woman is featured here. She is the most articulate and reasonable person of those featured. This movie quickly states, "The grand majority of Log Cabin members are older, white men." and then moves on. No, this needs to be interrogated. Usually when a group is incredibly homogenous, that's a problem because it doesn't include the positive aspects of diversity. In many ways, it seems as if these LC members are so privileged that they don't have to think about justice for all, they only feel the need to worry about their own self-interests.
This documentary would never make a reasonable gay person want to convert to Republicanism. They never explain why they like the GOP; it's as if they are happy to be herded sheep. Most of the interviewees are rude and arrogant beyond belief. While one person passes out Bush propaganda, he curses at a civilian and starts making gestures with his hands and buttocks at him! This person says Barbara Streisand "should shut up" about her progressive beliefs. However, he never criticizes the many athletes that are pro-Republican. It's okay for him to express his political views, but somehow Babs, a fellow American, should not under his logic. Further, the interviewees make numerous statements that are just self-loathing and pathetic.
This documentary never touches upon why most gay men and lesbians vote Democrat, rather than Republican. With Frank and Baldwin, there are more gay Democrats in the House than are Republicans. There are more gay Democrats than Republicans in state legislatures such as Illinois, Rhode Island, California, Texas, and numerous other states. As far back as 1972, the Democratic National Convention has had openly gay speakers. At the most recent Conventions, Roberta Achtenburg, an out lesbian, was welcomed by Democrats without exception; many Republicans ignored openly gay Jim Kolbe when he spoke at their convention, even though he did not speak about a gay topic. Former President Clinton supported ENDA and the current president has said almost nothing about it. Still in all, the Log Cabin member interviewed seemed to be totally ignorant of what the gay Democratic majority could let them know.
This is not a bad documentary. I give this a low rating because those interviewed were so obnoxious and repulsive.