Monday, February 11, 2008

Log Cabin Republicans And Other Myths

I was reading a story about Log Cabin Republicans and I decided to look at the GOP platform for the State of Texas. After reeling from the array of mean spirited and discriminatory planks in this document I have to wonder what kind of pathology affects gay and lesbians who identify as Republicans? The platform states in clear black and white that the Republican Party of Texas wants nothing to do with GLBT people and absolutely wants any rights taken away.

For my GLBT brothers and sisters who are still living in the fantasyland that is the Log Cabin Republicans, here is a direct excerpt from the 2006 Texas Republican Party Platform.

Marriage Licenses - We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple.

Homosexuality - We believe that the practice of sodomy tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, recognition, or privileges including, but not limited to, marriage between persons of the same sex, custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes - We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Now what part of that do you not understand? Meanwhile, I invite recovering “Log Cabinites” to join the Democratic Party which not only welcomes you but is working to defend your rights. We Democrats really do have the Big Tent!

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