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Texas GOP Platform: Criminalize Gay Sex and Imprison Anyone Who Issues a Marriage License to a Gay Couple

Yesterday, a diarist at DailyKos pointed out some of the elements of the 2010 State Republican Party Platform of Texas, which include 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  A portion:

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 well- funded, 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.

Here's the full PDF of the platform.

Two cases involving gays wanting a divorce are currently making their way through the Texas court system. In April, the Fifth District Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case of two gay men who were granted a divorce by judge Tena Callahan, and in late March, a lesbian couple was granted a divorce by Texas District Judge Scott Jenkins.

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  1. I want to take those Log Cabin and GOProud Uncle Toms and shove this in their sweaty fat faces.

    Posted by: JesryPo | Jun 21, 2010 9:32:28 AM


  2. Yaaay! Come on out bigots! Unlike the KKK you bigots don't know to cover your faces yet because you think your daddy told you fags are bad and the church agrees, you don't need to hide.

    Its far easier to crush something if it isnt hiding.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 21, 2010 9:33:18 AM


  3. At long last can we stop even accepting members of the GOP as socially acceptable.

    These people are religious fascists - who more than likely only are rabble rousing for power and votes at the expense of minority group members.

    Any gay person who is a member of the GOP should be stoned.

    Posted by: Walter | Jun 21, 2010 9:33:57 AM


  4. So, in other words, the Texas GOP is proposing to violate the Constitution by reinstating sodomy statutes - which were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2003.

    There is a substantial portion of the Texas populace that wants to secede. Can't we just say, "OK, go. don't let the door hit your ass on the way out" while offering asylum to the few progressives left in Texas?

    Posted by: Hank | Jun 21, 2010 9:35:39 AM


  5. Wow. That's like a leap to 1954.

    Posted by: Charles | Jun 21, 2010 9:36:31 AM


  6. This is extremely dangerous. This is like the anti-Semetic Nazi propaganda from the 1930's.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jun 21, 2010 9:40:00 AM


  7. This doesn't make sense.. 99 % of these homophobes are secretly fucking some male escort anyway, so why would they want to deny themselves that tiny bit of pleasure?

    Posted by: Chris K | Jun 21, 2010 9:40:46 AM


  8. @WALTER: "Any gay person who is a member of the GOP should be stoned."

    The problem is they already are.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | Jun 21, 2010 9:49:14 AM


  9. So are they going to issue fatwas on anyone who issues a marriage licence from other states?

    Posted by: NoSleep4Sam | Jun 21, 2010 9:50:02 AM


  10. these white trash a-holes never cease to amaze.....FYI people, sodomy is DONE By HETEROS EVERYDAY 24/7...365 DAYS A YR....they think sodomy is just "Gittin' it up the butt" .....TX - one state I have NO need to ever go too!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 21, 2010 9:53:05 AM


  11. Well, reading the link to the rest of their platform certainly answers the question whether or not the party of Goldwater, Buckley, and Reagan is dead or alive. It seems to have been co-opted completely by religionists and social conservatives who have one motive and one motive only: theocracy.

    I think it is hard for reasonable, centrist Republicans to defend such an extreme platform. How again do organizations such as LCR and GOProud resolve the blatant cognitive dissonance about supporting any candidate with an (R) behind their name ?

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 21, 2010 10:00:43 AM


  12. Wow, that's An x-ray of the old cracker mentality in all its hideous glory.
    Those people are beyond pathetic. But they are the past.

    Posted by: sjorgl | Jun 21, 2010 10:02:19 AM


  13. Crazy decelerations like this are legitimized with the anti-gay last paragraph. Without it, this would come off as fundy crap that no one would consider, Repub or Demo. Look at the sentence, "The family is responsible for its own welfare, education, moral training, conduct, and property.", or "We support Covenant Marriage".
    All that anti-gray babble is a canard; a way to get support.

    Posted by: ABandy | Jun 21, 2010 10:07:50 AM


  14. @HANK, there are more Constitutional issues than Lawrence in that screed. They seem to want to completely overturn the primacy of the federal government and a good deal of Articles 3 and 4. What has happened to our country when one of the major parties no longer wants to even abide by its Constitution? To those who have said it above, I agree. The GOP and its members (at least in Texas) has proven themselves completely untrustworthy to our community.

    Posted by: JT | Jun 21, 2010 10:09:16 AM


  15. This is just another example of how reactionary today's Republican Party has become. The possibility of them winning control of Congress this year or the White House in 2012 is frightening. This is a far right party the likes of which this nation has never seen before. Even George W. Bush is to the left of center for this crowd. This is why despite some commenters' here giving Obama less than a 100% approval rating we need to stand with him. The alternative isn't going to be President Russ Feingold or President Al Franken. It's going to be Morman President Mitt "H8" Romney or Presdient Sarah Palin or worse.... perhaps much worse.... i.e. President Jim DeMint.

    Posted by: JimSur212Jim | Jun 21, 2010 10:16:20 AM


  16. Sorry for my Dumb Ass state but I don't think this represents the majority, however, the fundies are well organized and loud.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jun 21, 2010 10:32:35 AM


  17. "I want to take those Log Cabin and GOProud Uncle Toms and shove this in their sweaty fat faces."

    Oh, I'm sure they'll find a way to spin it.

    As in they'll ignore the implications, preach nonsense about keeping dialogue open, and go back to attacking non-conservative gays.

    Seriously, have you seen some of the vitriol being spewed by GoProud members and supporters (cough *GayPatriot* cough)? The regular Republican Party doesn't hate liberals nearly as much as they do. Hell, they hate libertarians too.

    Posted by: Zach | Jun 21, 2010 10:42:42 AM


  18. I find the use of the word "intolerant" more than ironic.

    This is so 1925 - looks like it was written by George Rekers and Larry Craig.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 21, 2010 10:44:11 AM


  19. Welcome to the THEOCRATIC State of TEXAS!!!

    I am surprised no national news organization has picked up on this yet.

    Posted by: CB | Jun 21, 2010 10:52:07 AM


  20. Hi

    Could spmeone help me on some points about how your (american) political system works.

    I am assumimg that this "platform" is the Republican party's manifesto for the upcoming elections later this year - correct ?

    is this just for the state elections or is it for the Texan members of your federal bodies ?

    If it is for the state elections how much chance that they actually will carry these policies out if they get a majority in Texas ?

    They seem like very reactionary policies, as one of the other posters said back to 1954, would they actually get this stuff through ?

    Thanks to anyone who can answer this for me.

    Posted by: arch | Jun 21, 2010 10:52:24 AM


  21. awwww..did your meth supplier/pig slave leave you for another toothless hick? It's time to visit your favorite rent-a-boy web site under your now famous screen name shoveabrickupmyass69!! Get a life and stop hiding behind your pretend wife's dress!

    Posted by: jay | Jun 21, 2010 10:56:21 AM


  22. ...excellent reasons why no one should ever move to Texas....why they should secede.

    Posted by: chris in Sarasota | Jun 21, 2010 11:00:30 AM


  23. Believe me, I know it's hard to avoid, but please don't judge ALL of us Texans based upon the idiocy of the Republicans who dominate our politics. We are a very diverse group and many of us are fighting very hard to combat their stranglehold on our state.
    @Hank: I think that your assertion that a substantial portion of the TX populace wants to secede is fueled by misinformation streaming from the FOX News propaganda machine. That said, as a resident of Austin (a little Blue Island in a Big Red Sea), I know MANY of my fellow Austinites would consider seceding from Texas. :)

    Joking aside, the Republicans risk alienating massive swaths of the Texas Hispanic population with their plans to introduce AZ-style immigration reform during the next legislative session, so the Republican party may face serious electoral backlash by the next Presidential election and Texas may actually begin looking a lot more purple than red state. We can all hope.

    The issue here is that the Fundies who hijacked our political system are very loud and have taken advantage of voter apathy to insinuate themselves into every board and agency in the state. Pulling out the weeds takes time, patience, organization, and money. But, we're working on it.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 21, 2010 11:02:09 AM


  24. Do these people comprehend that they are trying to create the same type of country as one like Iran or Uganda???? A theocracy. Which has ALWAYS led to religious wars. Guess they really do enjoy seeing people killed. Completely insane.

    Posted by: PeterC | Jun 21, 2010 11:19:08 AM


  25. Good god.... This is appalling. Madness.

    Let Texas secede. And let all the companies that do business there, but aren't domiciled there, pull out. Let's watch the crackers' economy collapse in a matter of days. Once all the liberals flee, there won't be two working brain cells in the state to rub together. Oh, and the Federal government should pull out all its military installation and hardware, and destroy construction left behind-- and do the same to any Federally-funded roads, power plants and other public works. Return Texas to the 1840s.

    Mexico won't take them back. So whose money are they going to depend on for outside investment? And on what basis? Lots of oil will be there, sure. But the citizens left behind will be inbred morons.

    It will be delicious to watch. And we must be strong-- we won't take them back either.

    Let's watch them grovel to the UN. And let's make sure the UN's response is: Fuck you. You wanted the UN destroyed. You get NOTHING.

    Fucking Texan Republican pigs. Worse than evil. STUPID and evil.

    Posted by: RW in LGB | Jun 21, 2010 11:25:12 AM


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