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A Texas GOP platform that sounds too familiar

Timothy Kincaid

June 22nd, 2010

The Texas Republican Party has a long proud history of blatant homophobia. In 1998, Log Cabin, the gay Republican group, was denied booth space at the state convention. At the 2000 Republican National Convention when gay congressman Jim Kolbe took to the podium to speak about foreign policy, the delegates from Texas, in a deliberate show of disrespect, began “praying” instead of listening. Even though Texas GOP’s favorite son George W. Bush built his 2004 campaign partly on homophobia, he looks downright tolerant when compared to his fellow Republicans back home.

But now the Texas Republicans have topped themselves. In this season of ‘who can be the looniest’, the GOP has come up with a state party platform that sounds as though it was written in Kampala. Here’s what the Texas Republicans have to say about you:

  • Gay people are a threat to straights.
  • Gay people are trying to impose their values through “well-funded, vigorous political and judicial attempts.”
  • Homosexuality “tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases.”
  • Denying civil rights and equality to gay people “promotes health”
  • Schools should not be allowed to present a non-negative message about homosexuality.
  • Gay people should be denied marriage.
  • States which have chosen to allow gay people to marry should be forced to revoke such marriages.
  • No rights or benefits should be allowed or granted to domestic partners.
  • Tax laws should give preference to married heterosexuals.
  • Gay people should have their children taken from them.
  • Gay people should be denied health insurance.
  • Sodomy laws should be reinstated.
  • Those who attack gay people should not face criminal or civil penalties.
  • It should be a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

I do not wish to downplay the situation in Uganda or to suggest that the level of hatred and fear in Texas comes anywhere near the extent to which our friends in Uganda are threatened. But all of this rhetoric sound far too familiar to me.

The Republicans in Texas who wrote this platform truly to fear you and hold deep animus towards you.

The section on “STRENGTHENING FAMILIES, PROTECTING LIFE AND PROMOTING HEALTH” is included after the break

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES, PROTECTING LIFE AND PROMOTING HEALTH
CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

Family and Defense of Marriage – We support the definition of marriage as a God–ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage. We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married. We advocate the repeal of laws that place an unfair tax burden on families. We call upon Congress to completely remove the marriage penalty in the tax code, whereby a married couple receives a smaller standard deduction than their unmarried counterparts living together. The primary family unit consists of those related by blood, heterosexual marriage, or adoption. The family is responsible for its own welfare, education, moral training, conduct, and property.

Family Values – We affirm that this section is a response to the attacks on traditional family values. These include wellfunded, vigorous political and judicial attempts by powerful organizations and branches of the government to force acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior upon school children, parents, educational institutions, businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities. These aggressive, intolerant efforts marginalize as bigots anyone who dissents.

Marriage and Divorce – We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that the integrity of this institution should be protected at all levels of government. We urge the Legislature to rescind no–fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.

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 such.

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality 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, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), 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.

Pornography – We urge our governmental bodies to enforce laws regarding all forms of pornography. We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses. We oppose the sale of “Not Rated” (NR) movies and video games to minors.

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Lindoro Almaviva
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

* States which have chosen to allow gay people to marry should be forced to revoke such marriages.
* Tax laws should give preference to married heterosexuals.
* Gay people should have their children taken from them.
* Sodomy laws should be reinstated.
* It should be a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

Excuse me, how was it that we liberals ended up being accused of being Communist and Socialists? Can anyone please explain to me how is it that with this language WE are the communists here?

Chris McCoy
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

If this isn’t immediately and unequivocally denounced by the RNC, I don’t see how any BGLQT can possibly logically argue their continued involvement with this hate group.

Eddie89
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

This is more reason why I didn’t leave the Republican party, it left me.

Actually, it didn’t just leave me. It actually wants to legislate me out of existence.

I wonder if more State Republican parties will begin to adopt similar planks as the Texas party?

John Trudell
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

“A Texas GOP platform that sounds too familiar”
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It sounds too familiar because it is not a new platform. This has been in the Texas Republican Party platform for years.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/030108dnpollogcabin.bd782ca.html

CPT_Doom
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Notice they say nothing about beastiality which, as far as I know, is still legal in Texas (it was legal when Lawrence v. Texas was decided).

@Chris McCoy – I don’t think an apology or denunciation is sufficient. I want to know who drafted this platform and what companies they are affiliated with. I think it’s time for some boycotts, particularly if any of the drafters are small business owners.

Furthermore we should immediately demand a definition of “natural man,” “natural woman,” and “heterosexual marriage,” (I presume they mean “opposite gender marriage,” but the current wording would imply that sexual relationships between “ex-gays” and their partners would not be considered marriage). Upon the release of that definition, we should further demand medical exams – as invasive as necessary – to prove that all the drafters who are married meet the definitions of “natural man” or, less likely, “natural woman.”

Cooner
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

I saw this somewhere the other day … I love how they pretty explicitly define “special rights” (“special legal entitlements” and “special privileges”) as marriage, child custody, and partner insurance and retirement benefits — all the stuff that EVERYONE ELSE has, but with the word “homosexual” tacked in front of them to make them “special.” How can rights be “special” when everyone else already has them?

And of course, in the very next sentence, they carve out an exception for people who “oppose homosexuality” out of faith, conviction, or belief (note that they don’t specify mere freedom of speech here, and it could be construed as discrimination or even outright physical attacks) who they say shouldn’t be liable for criminal or civil penalties … If that’s not a “special right” they’re claiming for themselves, what is?

dan
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Wow, despite my years of dealing with the right wing, I’m dumbfounded by this.

truthteller
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

And this is one reason I argued against apologist or spin articles for the GOP at BTB.

Swampfox
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

It ought to be removed. But, I am not holding my breath.

Lynn David
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

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.

I think the Lyceum poll last year said that most Texans were now on our side. Too bad the Republicans are living in the past as far as public opinion goes.

AJD
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

Let’s make no mistake: The Texas Republicans and their ilk probably do want us to get the Uganda treatment; they’re just afraid to say it in public.

It’s worth noting that Hitler only privately stated his wish to exterminate various “undesirables” before the Nazis actually followed through on it. Each domino knocks down the one after it…

Candace
June 22nd, 2010 | LINK

*yawn* Texas GOP. Ignorance. Old news.

God, please let them go ahead and secede. Then the Mexicans can come and take their land back and we will look the other way. Amen.

mj
June 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Can’t believe this! This is insane, absolutely insane. I like how ‘family’ is used as a euphemism for hate.

John Doucette
June 23rd, 2010 | LINK

These people should move to Iran. They would feel right at home.

Rob San Diego
June 23rd, 2010 | LINK

And yet states and city councils are boycotting Arizona, people your boycotting the wrong state!

Rob San Diego
June 23rd, 2010 | LINK

And one more thing, isn’t this the state that wanted to secede from the nation for the last 2 or 3 hundred years? LET THEM! What good do they do for the nation? Every time a hurricane hits them I have to spend my tax dollars fixing them up when they have a bounty supply of oil that they can use to support themselves.

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