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The Republican Party of Texas Really Hates Gay People

I linked to a post about this in the round-up, but it's worth posting on its own.

Gop_texasThe Texas Republican Party platform 2012. They hate us, they really, really hate us.


We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. 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 public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.

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.

Judicial Activism in Marriage

We support marriage and oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists.

Enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act

We support the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense of Marriage Act by state and federal officials respectively, and oppose creation, recognition and benefits for partnerships outside of marriage that are being provided by some political subdivisions.

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.

Family Values

We support the affirmation of traditional Judeo-Christian family values and oppose the continued assault on those values.

The whole document is HERE.

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  1. The Republican party will become irrelevant if they refuse to change. Demographics show this. Give the country 20 years and if the GOP still spews this garbage they will be reduced to a regional party.

    Posted by: Brian B. | Jun 26, 2012 7:50:11 PM

  2. And this was an improvement over their last platform which was even more anti-gay. It tells you how bigoted Texas Republicans are when you consider that THIS was their kinder gentler version.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jun 26, 2012 7:55:04 PM

  3. oh if they could just get away with stating what they really think of african americans, hispanics, the role of women in society, and the poor......

    We gays are simply the only punching bag theyve got left that the rethugs can actually smack blatantly

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Jun 26, 2012 7:58:58 PM

  4. The Texas Republican platform is a MAJOR insult to "Judeo-Christian values."

    Is it any wonder that we've come to equate "Christian" with "hater"? A "Christian" who believes the drivel in that platform IS a hater, by definition.

    Yikes, gosh, if the Christian friends I have were like THAT, well...they wouldn't be very Christian. Or my friends.

    This whole obliterate-gay-people thing will do be the deathknell for Republican of these days. Or else it's a dirtier, uglier, and meaner world than I'd prefer, which is possible too, unfortunately.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Jun 26, 2012 7:59:39 PM

  5. But..but...but, I thought both political parties were really the same when it comes to gays and it's only the FRINGE of the GOP who was homophobic! That's what some posters here and GOProud keep saying! You mean that isn't true?!


    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 26, 2012 8:04:57 PM

  6. This will read like a KKK writing in another 50 years. Perhaps less even.

    Posted by: Drew | Jun 26, 2012 8:13:19 PM

  7. Nothing makes me more proud of being a lifelong Texan than Gay being decriminalized as a result of my state losing Lawrence v. Texas at the Supreme Court in 2003.

    Nothing... except when I think how much the repugs must hate that!

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 26, 2012 8:15:48 PM

  8. Wow. Bigotry and hatred right out there for everyone to see -- no window dressing, no playing hide-n-seek, no dog whistling, no shame. Just straight up hate, proudly shown to all the world. This statement will be taught in textbooks someday -- someday soon -- as an example of how fascist lunacy killed the GOP.

    Posted by: kit | Jun 26, 2012 8:19:57 PM

  9. Wouldn't it be great if all states felt like this? We could re-examine being gay again and dump the heterosexual model. That's how it was not such a short time ago. We could go back to being hairdressers, and interior designers. All this gay acceptance has been manufactured. This much hate can only harm us. And it will. Watch.

    Posted by: Calvin | Jun 26, 2012 8:26:52 PM

  10. P𝗎ssies. If they aren't seeking the death penalty for adulterers (Leviticus 20:10), then they aren't really committed to God's word. They're just unworthy little posers.

    Well it's not good enough! God sees through their cowardly, counterfeit piety, and He will delight in condemning them to suffer unimaginable torture and incineration for all of eternity!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 26, 2012 8:28:24 PM

  11. And this is surprising because...?

    Posted by: VoenixRising | Jun 26, 2012 8:40:51 PM

  12. Not as much as I hate them.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jun 26, 2012 8:42:04 PM

  13. Thankfully we still live in America and not Jesusland...yet. This is why i will never vote for a rethuglican.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Jun 26, 2012 8:54:11 PM

  14. Honestly, I just turned 21, and I can't wait to look back on stuff like this 20 years from now and laugh. I don't take this seriously at all guys, and you shouldn't either. Politicians are full of it.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jun 26, 2012 8:56:06 PM

  15. Hate is a Texas value. Now that is a sorry state.

    Posted by: Barney | Jun 26, 2012 9:00:50 PM

  16. Once again, the shame of the nation, the rethugican party of kkk leftovers and southern baptist know-nothings want to keep things the way they USED to be. And by used to be, I mean when poor white trash was perfectly justified in stringin' up "them folk" in the name of righteousness (read: ignorant @ssholes and white supremacists - which essentially equals uneducated neo-nazis). They just all happen live in suburbia now, serving sweet tea and muttering f@$$*t and n!$$#r under their breath, with Jews running a close third. Don't even bother with the rest of the racism targets, they're just periphery.

    These people have Jesus so far up their @sses they can't hear a word he's sayin' and the only thing that'll change that is finding smarter, well-funded, well-connected people that are actually willing to run a hard, nasty, no-holds barred race against each and every one of them.

    Until then, I'll be writing a rather expressive letter to Michael C. Burgess and I hope that every other reader that resides in this state does exactly the same.

    Posted by: ESA | Jun 26, 2012 9:07:51 PM

  17. Absolutely disgusting. Instead of remaining silent on a divisive wedge issue-- which they well could of done-- the TX GOP chose to go full retard and insert their Evangelical doctrine into a political platform.

    It's even more disturbing than simply being homophobic drivel. The language they use is very specific and reminds me of Dominionist theology. Our Founders are rolling in their graves.

    Posted by: vraxvalhalla | Jun 26, 2012 9:24:52 PM

  18. These are the people that GOProud proudly support. They must really hate themselves.

    Posted by: Matt N | Jun 26, 2012 9:26:49 PM

  19. Lets all thank our brothers in GOProud and LCR for enabling this hatred. Maybe now they will understand that no matter what they do, the GOP will not want them until they stop being gay. Oh wait. That's probably not gonna happen. Sounds like the Texass GOP would be willing to commit the GOProud members to internment camps. GOProud would probably support that.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 26, 2012 9:31:58 PM

  20. I heard they want to secede. They are too backward for Mexico. They should merge with the Vatican.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 26, 2012 9:43:22 PM

  21. I hope this help remove any doubt for those of you out there who are considering voting for a Republican this November. There is nothing even remotely pro gay about the Republican party.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 26, 2012 10:02:13 PM

  22. How did a country with the most noble of foundations crumble into such a horrific mess?

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jun 26, 2012 10:02:28 PM

  23. You could have left "of Texas" out of your headline and still been spot on. Pure and utter hate-filled bigotry, which is actually SCALED BACK, from years past. Odd, where are the GOPologists now?

    Posted by: KK Bloom | Jun 26, 2012 10:05:09 PM

  24. Texas thrives on hate. I know, I live here.

    Posted by: Abel | Jun 26, 2012 10:19:39 PM

  25. When Winston Churchill said "You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing.........after everything else has failed" I wonder if he was thinking about Texas.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Jun 26, 2012 10:22:29 PM

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