The following comes from a March 1 SF Gate article by Carla Marinucci.
After 15 years of struggle to be allowed into the California Republican Party’s “big tent,” the LGBT group known as the Log Cabin Republicans on Sunday won its battle to be chartered as an official volunteer party organization.
Republican delegates at the party’s statewide convention Sunday in Sacramento voted overwhelmingly — by a 861-to-293 vote — to back the charter of the 240-member California organization of gay and lesbian Republicans as an official party volunteer organization.
State party chair Jim Brulte brushed aside a request for a secret ballot, saying that at state GOP gatherings, “people stand and are held accountable” for their views.
Incoming Log Cabin chair John Musella called granting of the charter a defining moment, arguing that it would “strengthen the Republican Party” in a state where the party holds no statewide offices and lags behind Democrats in voter registration.
Celeste Greig, a longtime GOP conservative activist, also called the Log Cabin efforts to be chartered “a real travesty.”
“They are promoting a lifestyle, which is against our bylaws,” said Greig, who insisted that party rules mandate that “no group should be chartered if you have a personal agenda.”
And Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, said the group’s charter would mean the party’s platform would be “watered down in terms of family values.”