The California Republican party officially recognized a gay faction of the party that has fought years for formal acceptance to the party.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the 38-year-old Log Cabin Republican group received overwhelming support for a charter at the state party's biannual convention in Sacramento.

The chairman of the Log Cabin Group said the organization worked two years on its application and cited the active involvement members had in recent campaigns. Delegates granted to group a chart with a 861-293 vote.

Formal recognition of the Log Cabin group was opposed by some party social conservatives, who argued the item violated the party's bylaws. They also argued the issue was quietly placed on the convention agenda with little notice and no time for debate.

Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo tweeted out his thanks to supporters: