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.


  1. Brian B. says

    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.

  2. TampaZeke says

    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.

  3. stevenelliot says

    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

  4. just_a_guy says

    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 party…one of these days. Or else it’s a dirtier, uglier, and meaner world than I’d prefer, which is possible too, unfortunately.

  5. Caliban says

    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?!


  6. kit says

    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.

  7. Calvin says

    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.

  8. Anthony says

    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.

  9. says

    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.

  10. vraxvalhalla says

    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.

  11. Chadd says

    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.

  12. Ken says

    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.

  13. KK Bloom says

    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?

  14. Swiminbuff says

    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.

  15. theotherlee says

    “Texas thrives on hate. I know, I live here.”

    I wasn’t born there, but I lived there for about 32 of my 41 years… It was the ‘climate’ there that had me suicidal at the age of six. I’m very glad to be leaving the south permanently this October.

    I do hope the GOProuders out there really take a long, hard look at this.. Not just those it Texas.. and let it sink in just how hated they are by the political party they CHOOSE to associate with, and support. Probably won’t happen, but I still hope.

  16. david traversa says

    It’s getting so I hear the mention of God and my stomach turns.. And some of the very greatest of founding fathers were either atheists or free-thinkers, don’t they know that?! Seems the only things “big” about Texas are its size an its ignorance.. But I’m sure there are some worthy people there also..

    Speak up, so you can be heard, enlightened ones..

  17. Macmantoo says

    Can we just give the state back to Mexico? I know I don’t want to spend a dime in Texas and will make sure any flights I take will be the Northern Route to stay the hell away from a State of Hate.

  18. theotherlee says

    @Niles, that’s pretty much how I interpreted that…

    “Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.”

    It doesn’t really define what the limits of the “opposition” are.. and all I can think of is, ‘Yay, we can have those lonely miles of nothing, filled with more Matthew Shepard’s..’

    I keep reading how in ’20 years we’ll look back on this and laugh.’ I’ve lived in Texas long enough to know that right alongside those that are for the secession of the state, there are those that are for an all-out revival of the Civil War. With as unstable as “we,” as a country seem to be, that’s something that truly concerns me.

  19. Miss Take says

    Someone mentioned being 21 and laughing about this in 20 years.
    He talks like he has a million years. If I could see at 21 what would happen to gay life it would be an unthinkable nightmare. The marriage thing:”They love each other, sure, but their love is of a quotidian ‘honey can you pick up some bread on the way home from work’ variety that’s launched a billion midlife crises. But it’s important to read about these particular bores because they are the apotheosis of the modern drive toward same-sex marriage….” Wow.

  20. BrianM says

    Wonder what our new good friends at J.C. Penney think about this, since it’s based in Plano, a Dallas suburb? (As is Frito-Lay and Dr Pepper-7-Up.) Plano is in Collin County, which gave McCain 63 percent of the vote in 2008. I’m betting it’ll go even more for Romney. Dallas County, on the other hand, was carried by Obama, with 57 percent of the vote. Maybe Penney’s can move back to New York.

  21. says

    Ladies, ladies, please calm down. There can only be one worst place in the universe. Earlier today it was Lowe’s customer service desk; yesterday it was New Orleans, and before that it was most of North Carolina. It’s been Colorado Springs, and is frequently Utah (especially outside SLC) or Oklahoma. It’s been everywhere and anywhere at some time or another.

    Face it: You’re tools of Towleroad’s Outrage of the Moment. Now standby for further instructions.

  22. Miss Take says

    JCPenney? “Gay” was once seen as a nice little word abducted by perverts for immoral purposes. It has now been adopted by nice couples hoping to trot it out in “respectable” drag. And by marketers hawking it, wrapped in rainbows, as a glamorous consumer “lifestyle.” Maybe the rest of us need to find a new word.

  23. Reality says

    “Gay” was once seen as a nice little word abducted by perverts for immoral purposes. It has now been adopted by nice couples hoping to trot it out in “respectable” drag. And by marketers hawking it, wrapped in rainbows, as a glamorous consumer “lifestyle.” Maybe the rest of us need to find a new word.

  24. Anthony says

    @theotherlee, but isn’t texas becoming less and less right wing? You have all these influxes of people from more liberal areas and hispanic voters moving there, and as more and more technology spreads, the less and less people will be religious (as people will be exposed to more enlightened thinking). Am I wrong on this?

  25. Randy says

    “We urge the Legislature to rescind no-fault divorce laws.”

    Actually, that has nothing to do with LGBT people…

    And I agree with them on this one point.

  26. Caliban says

    Miss Take, “Christian” was once a word used by people to indicate they followed the words of the Biblical Jesus Christ, who said people shouldn’t judge others lest they be judged and to treat their neighbors as they’d like to be treated themselves. It’s now trotted out by Theocrats who wish to punish everyone who doesn’t believe EXACTLY as they do, despite the fact they completely IGNORE all the Biblical rules that apply to their OWN behavior! And these so-called “holy” people HAWK their self-proclaimed holiness, wrap it in artificial piety, and use it to BEG for tax-free donations, and then sell it to others as something to be emulated! Maybe real Christians should find a new word.


  27. vraxvalhalla says

    These people are not real Christians. They’re a sub-cult. Just google “Dominionism”. They’ve hijacked the meaning of liberty, wrapped it in an American flag and then pissed on it and call it “freedom”. It’s not about left or right…statists of a feather flock together.

  28. elegir says

    Kit – Loving the troll double-post. Or perhaps great trolls think alike?

    Also wondering when Rick is going to step in and inform us that Texas GOP only hates effeminate gays, not butch gays :)

  29. simon says

    In other news:
    Texas Democrats approved a party platform that — for the first time — explicitly called for equal marriage rights.
    Democrats in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Montana also endorsed marriage equality in their 2012 platforms.

  30. Dennis says

    Bertha Bumiller and Vera Carp and the ladies of the Smutsnatchers of the New Order down in Tuna, Texas, are alive and well and have gained control of the Texas Republican Party.

  31. Miss Take says

    I’m gay too. Just not a little gay soldier for the cause. I am not curious about you. I pity you. I’ve done everything gay you can imagine and then some. Much more than you’ll ever be able to do as someone’s wife or husband. It’s not your fault. You’re victims of your times. At least you’ll think you are equal, but you’ll be a hell of a lot less free.

  32. JeffRob says

    Miss Take, we’re fighting for equality, which is not the same thing as assimilation.

    Free is in the eye of the beholder. If your vision of freedom necessitates our relationships remaining unequal under the law, you’re entitled to your opinion, but for Mary’s sake, honey, please don’t get in our way.

  33. OnfluDragon says

    Miss take,

    Go kill yourself. You sound like a mental case on the vrrge of suicide, let me tell you that this world would be a better place without your bitter self. You’re one sick sad homophobic nut job but the term homophobic and nutjob are redundant.

  34. niles says

    People: It has become obvious that the comments section of Towleroad has become infested with mean-spirited trolls who may or may not be gay. Their sole aim is to get gullible readers riled up and angry. If you want them to go away: ignore them and do NOT respond to their taunts.

  35. Pucifer says

    And it is exactly this kind of hatred espoused by Texan Republicans that led to the shooting of two young gay girls in Texas a few days ago.

  36. Simon says

    Exposing bigotry with the bible :

    Hatred is the greatest sin which goes against the greatest commandments of Christ. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Christ has clearly mentioned that the way to have eternal life for his followers is through his commandments to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. He has mentioned that those laws are above all other biblical laws of any other prophets.

    Homophobes promoting hatred are antiChrist who do not believe or pretend to believe in Jesus Christ but do not acknowledge Christ’s commandments to love God and to love thy neighbor as thyself, to be the highest of all biblical laws. The antiChrist, like the devil, is a master of quoting biblical verses except those 2 top commandments of love from Christ, they avoid using Christ’s name but use other names, even ‘God’, to bring all sort of biblical verses or ‘facts’, to lie and to prove their justification to hate. AntiChrist deceive people that those 2 commandments of love were not above all laws for Christians, and they are around in many organizations pretending to be of ‘religious’ faith.

    The issue of homosexuality, same sex marriage and many other issues (sexual/non sexual) are different forms of a test of the Christian faith on that choice of who they really believe in the end, to love (Christ and His greatest commandments) or to hate (succumb to temptation of verses NOT from Christ’s greatest commandments to justify their hatred).

    The GOP are full with anti Christ and has been deceiving people with their “GOD” belief which is nothing Christ like.

  37. KenS says

    Can’t wait to hear what GOProud has to say about this. How does any sane gay person read this and vote Republican? I don’t get it. More evidence that Dan Savage was right about them.

  38. ThomT says

    Note to Mary Cheney & Heather Poe: Texas Republicans are talking about YOU. Any chance you and GOProud might want to hold a fund raiser for them? While they may hate you with every fiber of their being they’ll be more than happy to take your money, support and, of course, your vote so that they can better legislate their hatred toward you.

  39. ThomT says

    Note to Mary Cheney & Heather Poe: Texas Republicans are talking about YOU. Any chance you and GOProud might want to hold a fund raiser for them? While they may hate you with every fiber of their being they’ll be more than happy to take your money, support and, of course, your vote so that they can better legislate their hatred toward you.

  40. AC says

    The difference between libs and conservos?

    Liberals only want to believe the best about ourselves: we’re smarter, more sophisticated, more worldly, more tolerant, more humane, more moral, more ethical, hipper, cooler, etc. Which is why reading/watching only “liberal” media (NYT, MSNBC, Current, Joe My God, this blog, etc) is like sitting at the bottom of a pool: comforting, cocooning, filtered and distorted.

    Conservatives only want to believe the worst about everybody else: they’re lazy, parasitical, genetically inferior, immoral, criminal, less intelligent, less wholesome, abnormal, etc. Which is why everything they say, write, produce and think is so f-ing HATEFUL.

    If I have to identify with anybody, I’ll stick with libs. But I do need to remember to unplug from the matrix every so often.

  41. jamal49 says

    So, who’s gonna ask the Mittster if he supports the Texas Republican Party platform? Might as well start askin’ all the republicons who muck up the national stage.

    Let’s ask ’em all: do you support 100% the Republican Party platform of the State of Texas and, if the national Republican Party adopts a similar platform, will you avow or disavow the blatant, unbridled bigotry against certain American citizens that such a platform proposes?

    If this isn’t a campaign issue, I don’t know what is.

    Let’s get on it, LGBT friends. Start asking Gov. Christie of NJ, Marco Rubio of FL, Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott of FL, Gov. Bobby Jindal of LA, Gov. Rick Perry of TX–ask each and every one of those horse’s shanks and every other Republican who fancies himself or herself as a major player in that god-forsaken political party.

    Either they do or they don’t. There will be no wriggle-room permitted for them. Straight up, yes or no.

    It should be about the only amusing thing that comes out of this whole, sorry mess of unbridled and unmitigated hatred.

    That, and asking the Log-Cabinettes and the GoProudGirls if THEY will support such a Republican Party platform regardless of whether such a platform contains some of those other themes those wretched, homo-reprobates ululate over, you know, strong national defense, secure borders, smaller government, lower taxes–the kind of stuff that makes the LCRs and the GPGs just quiver in their tight-whiteys and bend over deeply for their Republican masters.

    Meantime, prepare yourselves and prepare yourselves well. We might marvel and snicker at how blatantly hateful and impossibly retrograde such a party platform might be.

    But the same could be said of Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s, as National Socialism waxed on the German political landscape.

    The Texas Republicans are SERIOUS about their platform. I might suggest that there are other state Republican parties and millions of Republicans who fervently share the sentiments on display in the Texas Republican Party’s platform.

    We might as well find out now rather than later because later might be too late.

    Oh, one more thing. Double-check and make sure your passport is up-to-date, you know, kind of like a Plan B sort of thing. Just sayin’.

    Better safe than sorry.

  42. says

    This is why this site’s resident Gay Republicans are such sad lowly little beings.

    When the people you feel you’re forced to support are so obvious with their loathing of you it really messes you up, clearly.

    “Yeah, I know they hate gays, but maybe if I tell them that I also hate other gays, and liberals, and leftists, and feminists, and blacks then maybe they won’t hate *me*….”
    -Gay Republican Mindset

  43. Eddie says

    “we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.”

    Setting up the defense for the cold blooded murderers of those two young women?

  44. Louis says

    I want every member of the Republican Party of Texas to know that, according to the basic and foundational tenets of the U.S. Constitution, most of the comments made in this article should be ignored by policy makers.

    The separation of Church and State is clear, and there is no place for direct religious arguments or influences in Congress, a State-House, or the judicial system. Policy should be informed by facts, data, and majority rule with minority protections.

    While every constituent is certainly entitled to his or her opinions and these may of course be influenced by personal religious beliefs, it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL to place religious beliefs such as those asserted by this doctrine in a public policy context.

    End Scene.

  45. johnc says

    I agree it’s bull crap! :) But, no one [here] takes the GOP TX party platform seriously. Like nationwide, the party is controlled by relegious zealots. Everyday people make cities like Dallas, Austin, San Antonio & Houston great places to live and work. This kind of language in a state platform is meaningless to the way we go about our everyday lives. As a life long Democrat, I just continue to vote for the party that does seem to care. Like Phoenix, it’s hotter than hell in the summer, but as for a quality of life – our cities are very inclusive. We face the same urban challenges found in may other places.

  46. Reilly says

    Marriage must be between a “natural man” and a “natural woman”? Well, then it appears the Texas GOP has embraced an extremely narrow form of polyandry: All males must marry Aretha Franklin! 😀

  47. mistk says

    @JJEFFROB Have those demanding the “right to be just like everybody else” ever thought what it might cost anyone else? It might seem not. But apparently they have — if most knowing they won’t have to pay the price themselves. “Honey?”

    @ONFLUDRAGON Go crawl back in your shell, or better yet film a Dan Savage “It Get’s Better” video. Go see “Magic Mike.”

  48. anon says

    Platform writing is an entirely onanistic exercise. It usually expresses political frustration more than anything, like the rantings of a disappointed child.

  49. Kenn says

    No surprises here and I would also not be surprised if some self-hating homosexuals had a hand (no pun intentionally intended but it DOES fit!) in writing us this hate-filled manifesto that clearly reminds us of the mistake we made in bringing Texas back into the fold after ten years as an independent country. I feel badly for friends of mine (all heterosexual married folks by the by) in Austin, Houston and San Antonio that have to live amidst this dreck-filled cesspool of hatemongers and morons! Amongst my friends are Republicans as I remember many of them to be before the party totally lost its true focus, a few of my nearest and dearest in Texas are a husband and wife from the military who supported the repeal of DADT as well. The only positive out of all this is the nature of our enemy is truly exposed in all its nakedness. These folks have severe sexual dysfunction aside from their religiously induced opiated state of mind. I have confidence they will NOT prevail in the long run. The sad thing too is they are no less fanatical in their zealotry than the Taliban and the warring sects within Islam. And in Texas they CAN carry arms! A truly frightening prospect when one of the two major political parties pretty much fuels the flames of bigotry.

  50. Karen says

    Okay, it’s now official. Texas is the sweaty armpit of the nation. You couldn’t pay me to live in that state. (and yet, sadly, I have lesbian family and friends there). As for the Texas GOPs. . . you people have been swimming in the same gene pool far too long. Come on – everybody out of the pool – now!

  51. Armando says

    To call them retarded truly is an insult to retarded people.

    These people remind me of that bumper sticker, “Lord, protect me from your followers.”

  52. coffeepotdome says

    I think the scariest part of all this is that there are still people that do not point and laugh at repubs on sight. But those people are getting pretty old, so we just need to wait. Maybe that is why they oppose universal healthcare, they subconsciously know that they are destroying everything this country has worked for, so they are trying to restrict their own access to doctors to speed their trip into the dirt.

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