Gay Republicans respond to shooting at Family Research Council

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Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest gay GOP group, responded to reports of a shooting outside the Family Research Council’s Washington, D.C. office.

LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper, in a statement released about 2:40 p.m. Aug. 15, said, “As fellow conservatives, Log Cabin Republicans are often in the same room with the Family Research Council. Though we rarely see eye to eye, we absolutely condemn the violence that occurred today."

Cooper also said, “Keeping in mind that at this time we know little about the shooter or his motives, whatever our political disagreements, in this country, we use ballots, not bullets, to address them. We offer prayers for the injured security guard, his family, and everybody at the FRC building, barely a fifteen minute walk away from Log Cabin Republicans national headquarters. In many ways, this is a reminder that we aren't so far apart.”

The shooting took place earlier in the day.

First reports said that a security guard was wounded in the arm and police had taken a suspect into custody.

The Washington Post reported that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooter walked into the lobby of the building at about 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard as if the guard were asking him where he was going.

The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard, Lanier told the post. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said.

The FRC advertises itself as "the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power," but the Southern Poverty Law Center describes the organization as a hate group.

The SPLC says, "The FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science. The intention is to denigrate LGBT people in its battles against same-sex marriage, hate crimes laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy."

The FRC emerged as a powerhouse in the Christian right during the early 1980s, with Ronald Reagan in the White House.