This week, we've been airing DecodeDC's excellent interview with Log Cabin Republican founder Rich Tafel. Tafel makes the case that progress on big issues can only occur when there are parallel movements in both the Republican and Democratic parties. He says that explains why same-sex rights have advanced so rapidly lately, whereas the environmental movement has largely failed to escape its self-imposed ghetto within the Democratic party.
Tafel's uniquely post-partisan approach isn't confined to national politics. Washington state has its own chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans. Republican and former Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed says they haven't been a major force in this state. But they're doing important work in making friends with Republicans. And it's Republicans with gay and lesbian friends who are changing the Republican party.
Here are a few interviews KUOW's Joshua McNichols conducted with Troy Bodnar, vice president of Washington state's chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans:
Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 26:
- Ragtag Team Of International Reporters Troll Moscow Airport For Glimpse Of Snowden
- 2 Local Views On This Morning's Supreme Court Decision To Overturn Defense Of Marriage Act
- In India, Everyone Wants To Be An Engineer
- Our Summer Camp At Home
- Singapore's Smog Nightmare
- The Man Who Builds The Bodies Of The Law (Interview With A Personal Trainer To Supreme Court Justices)
- DecodeDC: A Red Scare (History of the Log House Republicans)
- Writer's Almanac
- The Secret Pianos of Manhattan
- Summer Documentaries
- How Austerity Kills