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New York, New York. August 27, 1999. The Log Cabin Republican 1999 Convention, meeting in New York's Roosevelt Hotel this weekend, declared its full neutrality in matters concerning abortion, effectively withdrawing its 1997 endorsement of pro-choice efforts to strike pro-life language from the A. D. 2000 Platform of the Republican National Convention

The Convention further defeated efforts to allow local and state Log Cabin organizations to take their own stands on abortion. In the past, the California Log Cabin Republicans and the Capital Area Log Cabin Club, among others, had expressed support for abortion rights.

The Convention called on the Stonewall Democrats, a recently formed national organization of lesbian and gay Democrats, and the Human Rights Campaign to cease using a candidate's position on abortion as a criterion for endorsement or non-endorsement. The Human Rights Campaign supported pro-life Senator Alphonse D'Amato's unsuccessful 1998 re-election campaign, but because of subsequent vociferous dissent from local members and contributors in New York has since proclaimed itself a pro-choice organization.

Moses Remedios, President of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL), praised the decision: "While the Republican Party as a whole is strongly pro-life, lesbian and gay Republicans remain deeply divided over this issue. The 1999 Log Cabin Convention wisely withdrew this issue from contention at all levels of Log Cabin activity. We urge all Log Cabin Republicans and other lesbian and gay activists as individuals to oppose abortion on demand and support efforts fully to provide equal protection of the laws to the unborn. We must never forget that Human Rights start when human life begins."

The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians was organized in 1990 to advance the pro-life message within the lesbian and gay community. It currently has over 950 members -- both Democrats and Republicans -- and active groups in Boson, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC.