Log Cabin Republicans – the gay Republicans – have failed to congratulate Connecticut on becoming the third state in the United States to recognize the right of gay couples to marry.

The Friday ruling set off joyous press releases nationwide from gay and lesbian groups, including National Stonewall Democrats – the gay Democrats.

“All couples in Connecticut should enjoy the freedom to marry, and we recognize that this ruling allows thousands of committed couples to take the legal steps necessary to secure their union and deepen their responsibilities to one another,” said Jon Hoadley, executive director of National Stonewall Democrats. “This ruling is not only good for thousands of Connecticut couples, but it is good for Connecticut itself as this ruling legally stabilizes existing families and encourages others to take on the legal responsibilities of marriage.”

But absent from the mix was a response from the Log Cabin Republicans, who have been under pressure from gay groups since they elected to endorse Republican Senator John McCain for president, calling him an “inclusive Republican.”

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese disagreed with the choice saying, “John McCain claims to be a maverick who breaks with his party, but on matters of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] equality, he's shown that he's anything but.”

As of Tuesday morning, even as the Log Cabin Republican website ushered visitors to the group's pro gay marriage Republicans Against 8 (republicansagainst8.com) website, which features quotes, bios and interviews of prominent Republicans who oppose Proposition 8 – the November ballot initiative that seeks to forbid gay marriage in California, neither the group's website nor blog mentioned Connecticut's historic decision.

Gay marriage remains a knotty topic for the group since endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket for president and vice president. Both McCain and Palin are seen by gay groups as less than sympathetic to gay and lesbian issues. In 2006, McCain campaigned for a ban on gay marriage in his home state of Arizona and has said he supports constitutional bans on gay marriage at the state level. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made it fairly clear she does not endorse gay marriage when she said, “But I will tell Americans straight up that I don't support defining marriage as anything but between one man and one woman,” at a recent debate against her challenger Senator Joe Biden.

The Log Cabin Republicans did not respond to an inquiry on the issue.