FRC values anti-gay conformity more than pro-life advocacy

Timothy Kincaid

November 2nd, 2010

The Family “Research” Council sees itself as a protector of conservative social values, specifically by opposing abortion rights and equality for gay Americans. But it appears that FRC has a hierarchy in their social agenda and they may well value partisan conformity to anti-gay positions more than they value “the inherent dignity of every human life from conception.” (Times-Picayune)

The conservative Family Research Council Action PAC has launched a last-minute radio ad campaign against Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, R-New Orleans, for his support of gay rights.

Cao co-sponsored both the Hate Crimes Protection Act of 2009 and House legislation to repeal the policy that prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“I believe it is a human rights violation to impose government-sanctioned penalties on a group of people just because of their sexual orientation, just as it would be a human rights violation to impose penalties on a group because of its religious affiliation or race,” Cao said. “I will continue to fight for the protection of human rights for all people.”

This alone might not raise eyebrows. It would not be unusual for FRC to oppose pro-gay candidates. But it should be viewed in context: (FrumForum)

Further confounding is the fact that Cao is one of the most pro-life Republicans on Capitol Hill. He was only persuaded to vote against the final version of the healthcare bill because he wasn’t satisfied that it would not fund abortions. On pro-life issues, the National Right to Life has Cao supporting them on all of their five identified pro-life votes in the last Congress.

FRC is willing to give up a staunch pro-life vote, and replace him with a Democrat who is not likely to vote with FRC on many issues at all. Why is FRC trying to throw the election?

Because FRC is not just opposing Cao due to his gay advocacy; rather, FRC is furious that Cao dare be a Republican who supports gay people. Tony Perkins and FRC are desperate to hold onto the Republican Party and keep gay equality as a partisan issue for as long as possible. His biggest fear is that it will soon become acceptable for elected Republicans to be pro-gay; when that happens, the battle will be over.

Ryan

November 2nd, 2010

I think Tony can rest easy. Pro-gay Republicans that get elected to national office are about as common as unicorns. Gay ones.

Bernie

November 2nd, 2010

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RVSP

occono

November 2nd, 2010

Yes Bernie, any way to send email will work to send an email :)

Bernie

November 2nd, 2010

Thanks OC.

swampfox

November 2nd, 2010

“I think Tony can rest easy. Pro-gay Republicans that get elected to national office are about as common as unicorns. Gay ones.” – Ryan

Like former Vice-President Dick Cheney?

swampfox

November 2nd, 2010

“I think Tony can rest easy. Pro-gay Republicans that get elected to national office are about as common as unicorns. Gay ones.” – Ryan

The trend is that the gay issue is not an issue. Remember that Obama is not for gay marriage. Some gays are not necessarily for gay marriage.

Ryan

November 2nd, 2010

Swampfox, the key word there is “former”. Cheney wouldn’t dare stand up for gays when he was in office. And Republicans are much much more anti-gay than simply being against gay marriage. I’ve never met a gay person who was against gay marriage. I’m sure they probably exist, though, however abhorrent or contemptible such people might be.

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