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New Montana GOP Party Platform: Criminalize Gay Sex

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The newly adopted GOP party platform in Montana says:

"We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal."

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Not surprisingly, the platform also supports marriage as between one man and one woman.

The Texas GOP Platform recently came under fire for calling for the criminalization of homosexuality and imprisoning anyone who issues a marriage license to a gay couple.  

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  1. Los Angeles alone has a population of 10 million, versus one million in the entire state of Montana. I suggest that a few of us cowboy types retire to ranches up there and take over the political map. Wouldn't this be a great screenplay?

    Posted by: jim | Jun 28, 2010 6:11:35 PM


  2. It would be awful if a prairie fire happened to burn down the Montana GOP headquarters now wouldn't it....

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jun 28, 2010 6:27:58 PM


  3. with them in it?

    Posted by: walter | Jun 28, 2010 6:37:02 PM


  4. I don't think any of us living in Montana are surprised by this.
    It can be challenging, frustrating and even dangerous living under the Big Sky...but it's worth it.
    The saving grace is how fucking stupid most of our Republican officials are. Denny, anyone?

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Jun 28, 2010 6:48:58 PM


  5. Now I am sure not all people in Montana feel that way. But, if they don't push back against this kind hateful and harmful bullshit and it gains momentum then they in a way are responsible as well.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 28, 2010 7:30:52 PM


  6. I like the idea of gay people taking over a small state. Look at Utah. They got a crazy cult of pajama nutzoids that own it. My suggestion would be Idaho. Just think if we owned two senators in Congress what we could do. And what a pretty state it would be if we were all there. I know it would be expensive, But those homes in San Francisco on the fault line would be so much safer in Idaho on some mountainside (tey DO have mountains there, don't they?)

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jun 28, 2010 8:34:54 PM


  7. The majority of Montanans do not feel this way. The vast majority of Montanans are opposed to government regulation of their private lives, and as such, would never pass legislation like this.

    @Disgusted American. As a gay man from Montana, your comment is most ugly, not to mention offensive.

    @David in Houston. You sir are a jackass. Unlike, Texas, Montana was NEVER a slave state, and will never be. Montana also elected the first woman to Congress, before women won the right to vote nationwide. So shove that superiority complex where the sun don't shine.

    Posted by: jaymax | Jun 28, 2010 10:37:17 PM


  8. So much for that Live and Let Live stuff, eh Montana. More like, Live and Let Live, as long as Montana Republicans approve of it. Yet doesn't mean they have to live the way they want everyone to live, probably a lot of Larry Craig toe tappers in Montana too.

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 28, 2010 10:56:21 PM


  9. I have feeling there is a fine print in that platform that says "except when I do it".

    Posted by: Gyeong Hwa Pak | Jun 29, 2010 1:55:38 AM


  10. OMG! You mean gay sex is legal!

    Posted by: Gus | Jun 29, 2010 4:36:33 AM


  11. I see these political platforms as the last dying gasps of a failed ideology

    Posted by: Liam H | Jun 29, 2010 6:12:03 AM


  12. How to combat this? Bring it to the attention of conservatives.

    One of my best friends is a 70 year old ultra conservative. I showed him the Texas GOP's platform (via Towleroad) and his heart sank. He doesn't believe this trash, and neither does the majority of conservatives.

    Bring it to their attention. You can bet their party hasn't. Neither does their media.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 29, 2010 6:39:27 AM


  13. As a foreigner i love reading the comments on Andy's site - I learn more about the US from reading what you guys post here than from all the news media in Europe.
    Your politics is so interesting at the moment, real passion and debate on both sides.

    Feel like visiting the US for tghe first time in twenty one years just to see it all again. Keep it up.

    Oh and they cannot be serious about anti-gay sex law stuff - can they ? Not in the country that gave us Stonewall and helped lead the way in so much civil liberty work. I await the next few years with real interest....

    Posted by: arch | Jun 29, 2010 6:45:16 AM


  14. Yeah, I would echo the comments that such strange and otherworldly positions reflect only a small minority of folks who were there to write the party platform and cannot be extrapolated to the state as a whole. Remember, the GOP is caught between a rock and a hard place trying to reconcile the fiscal conservative roots of the party with the religionist, social conservative extremists.

    How the party of Goldwater, Buckley, and Reagan survives the "purity" tests and the peculiarities of the Tea Party contingent still remains to be seen. View this bizarre posturing as just one move in the chess game, nothing more.

    Montanans, like most folks in the West, really and truly are "live and let live" libertarian types.

    Posted by: Jim in ColoSpgs | Jun 29, 2010 9:14:57 AM


  15. The GOP is irrelevant. I hope they adopt that platform nationwide. They completely out of touch with reality and will shortly go the way of the wigs..

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 29, 2010 9:16:40 AM


  16. But! We will keep inbred legal as always. It is a family thing.

    Posted by: Roseann | Jun 29, 2010 10:54:22 AM


  17. Thankfully the part of Montana I know isn't like this. Bozeman Rocks!

    Posted by: Fred | Jun 29, 2010 11:38:07 AM


  18. Is anyone surprised? Anyone care to guess how many more state GOP platforms will parrot the Texas GOP platform? I'd say pretty much all of them will.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 29, 2010 12:17:12 PM


  19. > They're planning a retreat in Montana the week of July 4 at a ranch

    Do you know where? If it's in my neighborhood, I can't think of anything more patriotic to do on the 4th than picket that ranch.

    Posted by: WD | Jun 29, 2010 4:39:13 PM


  20. How sad, the MT GOP is grasping for it's final air to survive and they dredge up hate and intolerance for different human beings. Yes, gays bleed the same blood, just like minorities bleed the same blood.

    The GOP is DEAD. They can't accept it so they create fear and lies to get gullible people to get into bed with them.

    But alas, the American people aren't stupid. These BOZOS are being voted out of office come Nov and any up for re-election.

    A wise Founding Father stated several times, "TRICKS AND TREACHERY ARE THE PRACTICE OF FOOLS, THAT DON'T HAVE BRAINS ENOUGH TO BE HONEST." "THE DOORSTEP TO THE TEMPLE OF WISDOM IS A KNOWLEDGE OF OUR OWN IGNORANCE." Benjamin Franklin, a wise Founder.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 29, 2010 4:49:10 PM


  21. I hope you're happy, LRC and Mehlman apologists.

    The party that [purportedly] champions "liberty" wants to make consensual gay sex illegal? Oh, how typically hypocritical!

    Posted by: Joey | Sep 3, 2010 12:08:34 PM


  22. Can the GOP and Tea Bags please try for refocus their energy on important things like, the economy, unemployment, the environment, education, health care, fixing social security, securing our boarders, finding fuel, caring for our elderly, you know all the important stuff, because REALLY two guys making it, is the LEAST of our countrys problems. THINK. Prioratize. Put your energy where it's needed.

    Posted by: William | Sep 6, 2010 11:25:53 AM


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