FORT WORTH Two Republican gay rights groups -- the Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans -- say they are being discriminated against and denied booth space at the upcoming state GOP convention in Fort Worth.
The two groups will hold a press conference at the Fort Worth Convention Center at noon today.
"Overall, Log Cabin Republicans of Texas has found incredible support within the Republican party -- Texans, like the rest of the country, are evolving on LGBT rights issues," Log Cabin Republicans of Texas Chairman Jeffrey Davis said. "The Republican Party of Texas has even welcomed many of our members as delegates to the Texas State Republican Convention.
"However, the party has denied our several attempts to host a booth in the convention exhibit hall, citing archaic language in the party platform to support their actions," he said. "We deserve to occupy a booth just like anyone else, and it’s time that the Texas GOP’s hypocritical policies and procedures are replaced by new ones that match the general opinion of Texan Republican voters."
These concerns come 16 years after the Log Cabin Republicans were first denied a booth at the state convention.
-- Anna M. Tinsley