The nation's largest Republican organization for LGBT Americans has reached out to Phil Robertson and the "Duck Dynasty" family, suggesting that they all get together for a "Moonshine Summit" to work out their differences.
Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo released a statement on Friday in response to the controversy over Robertson's suspension over anti-gay remarks.
“Let’s put an end to all of the fussing and feuding and talk about this like adults. Phil, you have your views and we have ours, but I think you’d be surprised how much we all have in common, and there’s no better gay folk out there to make that case than Log Cabin Republicans. We’re conservative, we’re guided by our faith, and we believe in freedom of speech. Most important, we are all children of God; that’s the most important thing we have in common. So in the spirit of the season, let’s get together — your family and ours — raise a glass, and work this out.”
In the Log Cabin Republicans' initial statement responding to the "Duck Dynasty" controversy, Angelo said that Robertson's comments should spark a conversation, rather than unequivocal condemnation.
"What Phil Robertson’s comments highlight is the need to engage the evangelical Christian community on the importance of gay acceptance. The knee-jerk reaction from the left shows that their strategy to engage evangelicals is to ignore them or shout them down, but that’s no way to win allies," said Angelo.