HRC Calls on Michael Steele to Repudiate Texas GOP Platform

On Monday I posted about the Texas GOP's Platform, which had been revealed by a diarist at Daily Kos and included criminalizing sodomy and throwing anyone who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple (even though such licenses are not valid in the state) into jail.

Gop_texas  Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese sent out a mass email yesterday calling on RNC Chair Michael Steele to repudiate the platform.

Wrote HRC:

At a time when Americans are looking for real solutions to the challenges we face, the Texas GOP decided to focus on propaganda, not policy:

"Homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases."

"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 oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married."

They're not just against marriage equality; they're against basic equal rights. They think it should be 100% legal to fire someone for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Even their word choice shows a possible anti-transgender bias, using the phrases "natural man" and "natural woman." The list goes on – far beyond the usual Republican talking points on "traditional family values" and even the GOP platforms in other conservative states.

And they don't stop with attacking LGBT citizens. They also call for evicting the United Nations from the U.S., requiring drivers' licenses to indicate citizenship, opposing legislation to allow stem cell research, rescinding no-fault divorce laws, reversing Roe v. Wade, and shutting down the U.S. Department of Education.

HRC's petition is here.


  1. Hotter Perry says

    Criminalize sodomy?

    It would be interesting to see if this applied to heterosexual relations, in and/or out of a heterosexual marriage.

    That’s right, no mouth-on-genital contact, and no anal sex. And no fooling around with pigs or heifers.

    Imagine, NO more blowjobs Bubba.

    And you’re arrested giving or getting either with a hooker … guess what, your ass is in for some serious righteous Texas whoop-ass.

    The US Code of Military Justice explains sodomy as:

    “It is unnatural carnal copulation for a person to take into that person’s mouth or anus the sexual organ of another person or of an animal; or to place that person’s sexual organ in the mouth or anus of another person or of an animal; or to have carnal copulation in any opening of the body, except the sexual parts, with another person; or to have carnal copulation with an animal.”

  2. OY says

    And people wonder why I left that state… This has been the trend in Texas politics for years, to look at a failed policy (say, for education) and decide that making it more conservative will suddenly make it work.

  3. Pender says

    Classic HRC — they completely ignore the worst part, where the TX GOP wants to round up gay people and throw them in jail unless they remain abstinent for their entire lives, and they imply that marriage equality is not a “basic equal right.” Then they obsess over a very subtle anti-trans bias while still not mentioning that the TX GOP wants to ROUND US UP AND IMPRISON US.

    If it were accompanied by that picture of Joe Solomonese striking a dramatic pose for the camera his designer clothing, it would be a perfect exhibit of the HRC’s staggering incompetence.

  4. romeo says

    For decades Texas has been the wellspring for so many of this country’s problems and failures. They just can’t wake up down there. Oh, well. At their current rate, considering how little Texas has to offer the future of this country, and the limited future of fossil fuel, their desire to secede may become irrelevant. They may just get thrown the hell out of the Union.

  5. SkepticalCicada says

    When it comes to some insignificant state party platform, HRC can spring into action and fire up the sanctimony.

    But when our own Democratic president actively sabotages our legislative initiatives and aggressively seeks to have courts rule that we have no constitutional rights, HRC applauds.

    HRC no longer speaks for me.

  6. Peter says

    I signed the petition FWIW. But let’s face it, Steele is too politically emasculated to draw a line against TX wingnuts. If HRC thinks this petition will actually curb homophobic fanaticism (“HRC is sending us a petition telling us to live with Lawrence v. Texas? Oooohhh, I’m SO scared.”), I’ve got some nice BP-damaged real estate to sell you.

  7. jerry says

    Romeo I think you are on to something. How about a notionide petition to force Texas to seceede from the Union ? They can go back to being an indepednent republic, I really don’t think we will miss them.

  8. RONTEX says

    Sorry about the idiots we have here but my hope is that the Repub’s push so far to the right that the Dem’s gain ground and with the huge influx of Californians and Floridians one can only hope.

    Having said that, I wouldn’t live anywhere else but the Austin area, it’s pretty awesome.

  9. says

    Thanks HRC that will do alot of good and fix it! *rolls eyes*

    HRc embarresses me so. Can’t we just FIRE them?

  10. Anthony says


    HRC is applauding the sabotage of legislative initiatives to benefit us? It is applauding courts ruling that we have no constitutional rights? Inflammatory hyperbole aside, do you have some evidence? Citations? Any particular instance?

    And by the way, HRC sends out emails regularly, so it’s not as if the mass email was the first time they’ve ever addressed an issue. And I would hardly call the Texas Republican party platform “insignificant.” That platform is the values and commitments of the party in power of the second largest state in this country, wielding governmental power over the lives of nearly 25,000,000 people. That’s approaching 10% of this country’s population. We’re not talking about Idaho. This is Texas. I don’t know where you’re from but I think LGBT people in Texas might have something to say about this platform, including John Geddes Lawrence, THE Lawrence of Lawrence v. Texas.

    Oh, and @Pender, one of the first lines of the email was that Texas wanted to enforce unconstitutional sodomy laws against gay people. Andy didn’t post the entire email. So maybe you should check your facts before you go spouting off misinformation.

    Now I know everyone on this site is going to bash me for defending the HRC, but I’m so sick and tired of people in our community blaming HRC for everything when they can’t even do a simple fact check. Or worse, they’re so self-absorbed that they think that if an issue doesn’t apply to them that it’s unimportant to others. Like a little old state party platform, a platform that can govern 25 million people. Less people live in Australia.

  11. Verdon Coleman says

    While it would be an honorable thing for Michael Steele to repudiate this platform, he won’t. Why would he? His actions have shown he follows party line, no matter what.

    In all honesty, I would rather he did not, for it would not be honest.

    It is truly a sad day when the formerly oppressed become the oppressor themselves.

  12. Ted B. says

    What is it about Texas Republicans?….

    Is it the water…or the lack there-of?
    Is it that the Sun’s too high in the sky?
    Too much spice and grewase in the diet?
    Or maybe that their parents are cousins?…

    As a gay, moderate Republicans from the Northeast…yes, we still-exist up here…it’s an embarrassment to us every-time they chime-up.

  13. walter says

    parents aren’t cousins but brother and sisters. they are the ones that can put up with each other. goodbye texas start your own free country although their was already one. it was called nazis germany

  14. walter says

    steele better be careful if they can reverse sodomy laws they may want to reverse anti slavery laws. then steele better stay out texas if he doesn’t want to pick cotton.

  15. Donna Quarino says

    Mr. Steele,

    This is to advise you of my disappointment with the Republicans not voting for the unemployment benefits continuning. My husband had tried to get a job but cannot find work and this is a crime that the Republicans voted against this bill. I will no longer vote Republican.