Cooper says because of recent gains made by gay rights supporters on issues such as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and in public opinion surveys concerning gay marriage, conservative groups are putting up more of a fight than ever before. When he and Grenell were hired by Bush in 2000, there was no such pushback, he adds.
"I don't remember gay hires being such an issue for candidate Bush, and maybe it's because advances have been made in the last 12 years, and maybe that's what's causing the cacophony of the homophobes," he says. "News to Bryan [Fischer], there were gays on the campaign before Ric arrived and there still are. As there are in the RNC and as there are on Capitol Hill. It's a losing battle that they have."
Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter.