Gay Republicans are divided on a controversial ad which featured an image of slain Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens' lifeless body to attack President Barack Obama on gay rights and Israel.

The campaign ad was produced by the Broward County Log Cabin Republicans, the local chapter of gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans.

Under the headline, “Where is the outrage now?” the group attacked the Obama administration for not protecting Stevens: “If the Obama Administration isn't going to protect Gay/Gay-friendly American citizens from the terror of Islamic radicalism, what makes you think they will protect us from Shariah Law … ANYWHERE?”


The ad is a nod to rumors that Stevens was gay which surfaced days after his death at the hands of an angry mob who stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, condemned the ad in a letter to the Florida Agenda, the paper which ran the ad.

“[T]here are plenty of reasons to vote Republican to protect U.S. interests and human rights abroad, but the obscene ad in this publication is fallacious, grossly inappropriate and irresponsible,” Cooper wrote.

Andy Eddy, a spokesman for the Broward County group which created the ad, told that he stood by the ad.

“If you mean in support of Israel, and if it saves one life of a young innocent individual like a Matthew Shepard, or anyone else who was or could be murdered, or will be so badly and wrongly mistreated because of intolerance based on sexual orientation, U.S. citizenship, religion, etc., I personally do,” he said.

Also in support is Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of gay GOP group GOProud.

“[I]t's clear that LCR Broward understands, like we do, that the greatest threat to gay people in the world is the spread of radicalized Islam,” LaSalvia told gay weekly the Washington Blade.