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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 hate living in this state because of crap like this and the fact that issues like the RAINBOW Lounge Raid that happened here one year ago. It is OK to hate, beat and kill anyone that is not White, Rich & Christian in the state of TX. I mean you can still marry your first cousin here and that preserves the "sanctity" of marriage? These are part of the same Christian assholes that decided after almost 200 years that the founding fathers' should have included "GOD" in the constitution so they just added it in 1954. I just want to puke everyday having to live in this big old land of "Bubba f*%ked asshats". There are those who say this is not how all of Tx feels, well say that after someone beats the crap out of you for being gay and walking down the street and the police look the other way and say "You must have deserved it because your gay". BOYCOTT Texas anyway you can.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Jun 21, 2010 9:59:07 PM


  2. I feel for you, Skooter. Get out of that state any way you can. Your life will be better for it.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jun 21, 2010 10:25:12 PM


  3. So much for the conservative principles of personal liberty, limited government and the least government intrusion into the private lives of citizens. The GOP has no way to maintain that pretense any longer. They've chucked those principles overboard and become complete statists and totalitarians now. And their hijacking of religion is repugnant.

    Posted by: Bossman Pitbull | Jun 21, 2010 11:49:08 PM


  4. Let's not forget that "sodomy," actually includes any sexual act that is not penis-in-vagina. Anal sex, oral sex, mutual masturbation regardless of it being hetero- or homosexual could and is considered sodomy (at least among the more literalist/fundamental Bible thumpers) and therefore was illegal, at least until Lawrence v. Texas, the separation of church and state be damned. That said, I have your Texas Republican anti-gay platform right here--in my pants!

    Posted by: fourflavorvegetable | Jun 22, 2010 12:16:52 AM


  5. Arch: To answer your question, this is the state of Texas's Republican platform, i.e., their guiding principals. This is what the Republicans of Texas have declared is what is good and holy for their state. Yes, they would love nothing more than for it to be adopted across the USA, but it won't happen. Oh, sure, they may get such anti-gay rhetoric into the national GOP (Republican) guiding principals, but mostly this is just more rhetoric to get their base stirred up to go out and vote for conservative party members. Hell, they may actually succeced and get a few more anti-gay laws passed, if not across the USA at least in Texas.

    While I never underestimate the intelligence of the general public, it does often surprise me that they are often more concerned with what I am doing in bed than with the fact that we are in the worst economic and environmental crises in the past number of generations. I guess that talks to the mystical power of the Gay! We are like unicorns and rainbows and all that is magical.

    Posted by: fourflavorvegetable | Jun 22, 2010 12:33:54 AM


  6. remember all you gay republicans, log cabin or goproud there were jews who worked hitler and the nazis,but they ended up in the death camps also.if you people continue to work for the repuks don't be surprised when you get handed your pink triangles. wear them proudly yo worked hard to get them.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 22, 2010 1:15:20 AM


  7. One thing I have always found interesting is the way Republicans cling to the deity that belings to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Hard to believe but it is all the same God. They claim that marriage is an institution in front of God. This is a fallacy. It is mans need to have a life partner, and their urge to have said partner to procreate. To Help this along man invented the concept of marriage, which can be said to be an artificial bond used for 1) Trade & diplomace and 2) Romantic love. And it has been around since before the ascent of even Judaism. Som my big beef is why is there a need for homosexual people to not be allowed to make an emotional bond with the same legal equality of the heterosexual marriage.

    It is time to pull your head out of the ground/ or other suitable but othervise unmentionable receptacle and start using you "God-Given" brains that have come as a result of development to external stimuli and start cogitating eg. thinking!

    Posted by: James D. Moriarty | Jun 22, 2010 5:06:16 AM


  8. Hey all you GOProud and Log Cabin Republican members, how's that "working within the party for change" thing working for you? It seems obvious to at least of few of us bleeding heart liberals that your party of choice is not embracing you in their platform.

    Posted by: ChrisM | Jun 22, 2010 7:57:49 AM


  9. @Will (who said): "but being a gay (R), im starting to get scared that i might be akin to a Jewish member of the Nazi party."

    Then be afraid, be very, very afraid, because that is exactly what you are akin to. Wake up and smell the Zyklon B.

    As Walter said, "if you people continue to work for the repuks don't be surprised when you get handed your pink triangles. wear them proudly yo worked hard to get them."

    Posted by: BitchSlap | Jun 22, 2010 11:53:31 AM


  10. When are those miserable fucks going to secede? Someone tell me please what good ever came out of texass? Are there any Queer People left in that hate state? Any Queers in texass must be waiting to be rescued, but I will not step foot in that state so someone else will have to be a hero. Fuck a bunch of texass.

    Posted by: contragenic | Jun 22, 2010 12:04:41 PM


  11. Don't start the sanctity crap, it really means about nothing any more really. Once the old farts die out, it will make room for better, and more rounded individuals. I think the straight folks are getting nervous and intimidated by this idea, and they are clawing and scratching frantically to get their last word in. They have clearly pissed on and marked marriage like dogs, I just wish for love and equality.

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 22, 2010 9:05:06 PM


  12. I was directing my message toward the bitch that wrote the story.

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 22, 2010 9:11:17 PM


  13. I believe the number is 52%.. the divorce rate. Sanctity??.. bullshit!

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 22, 2010 9:13:48 PM


  14. give texas back to mexico and take the GOP with them.

    Posted by: john n | Jun 23, 2010 12:14:57 PM


  15. Hey I'm straight and I'm for homosexual rights to get married and be happy as much as anyone else

    Posted by: James D. Moriarty | Jun 24, 2010 4:21:22 AM


  16. Smart folks don't live in Texas. It's just too aggravating.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 26, 2010 12:24:48 AM


  17. I'm new to this site. Wasn't Texas the state that got its panties in a wad over marriages involving trans folks? (http://slate.msn.com/id/2096495/) Between this and the recent school textbook revisionism controversy (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/13/texas-textbook-massacre-u_n_498003.html), my political opinion of Texas has dropped a mile.

    Posted by: Robin | Jun 27, 2010 10:37:56 AM


  18. GOD, this pisses me off. If it comes down to this I will fight it with everything I have. I'm so mad I can't even think straight. This just... ugh! I hate this with every part of myself. Sure makes me really fucking proud to be a Texan... not!

    Posted by: Ashamed to live in Texas | Jul 10, 2010 3:39:08 PM


  19. How bloody charming .... What the f**k is wrong with Texas anyway ... is it just something in the drinking water down there ??

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Dec 21, 2010 1:22:37 AM


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