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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.

Homosexuality

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. They will obviously be lobbying for a total ban on divorce then, hmmm?

    Posted by: Bill C. | Jun 27, 2012 1:22:48 AM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Jun 27, 2012 1:38:32 AM


  3. 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.

    Posted by: OnfluDragon | Jun 27, 2012 1:46:25 AM


  4. Isn't Texas leading America in economic growth while liberal California swirls the toilet bowl? Hmm....

    Posted by: dave | Jun 27, 2012 2:07:22 AM


  5. @Dave, Paul Krugman of The New York Times and Dave Dayen at Firedoglake disagree with you about Texas.

    Http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opinion/the-texas-unmiracle.html

    Http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/06/27/texas-miracle-seen-as-a-not-miracle

    Posted by: ROBERT K | Jun 27, 2012 2:25:34 AM


  6. California is still putting in more dollars to subsidize your inbred red asses than Texas, so STFU.

    Posted by: Winston | Jun 27, 2012 2:28:41 AM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: niles | Jun 27, 2012 2:45:11 AM


  8. 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.

    Posted by: Pucifer | Jun 27, 2012 2:48:31 AM


  9. Hate hate hate. What a way to live. I pity those people.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 27, 2012 3:54:26 AM


  10. Any gay guy who supports the Republicans is a traitor.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 27, 2012 4:06:01 AM


  11. 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.

    Posted by: Simon | Jun 27, 2012 4:32:25 AM


  12. But its ok with goproud and lcr, and Mary cheney

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jun 27, 2012 5:03:26 AM


  13. Hmm. Nothing about stoning christian adulterers to death?

    You're slacking, republican freaks.

    Posted by: Dale | Jun 27, 2012 5:32:44 AM


  14. 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.

    Posted by: KenS | Jun 27, 2012 7:32:12 AM


  15. 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.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 27, 2012 9:10:42 AM


  16. 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.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jun 27, 2012 9:10:47 AM


  17. 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.

    Posted by: AC | Jun 27, 2012 9:18:16 AM


  18. Republicans from Texas? What else would one expect?

    Posted by: John | Jun 27, 2012 9:28:11 AM


  19. Miss Take you lost whatever credibility you may have had with the multi name troll.

    You are a liar and most likely not gay at all.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Jun 27, 2012 9:42:52 AM


  20. 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.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 27, 2012 10:22:20 AM


  21. 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

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2012 10:41:54 AM


  22. "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?

    Posted by: Eddie | Jun 27, 2012 10:49:48 AM


  23. 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.

    Posted by: Louis | Jun 27, 2012 11:31:10 AM


  24. 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.

    Posted by: johnc | Jun 27, 2012 11:35:59 AM


  25. 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! :-D

    Posted by: Reilly | Jun 27, 2012 11:40:46 AM


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