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'Tragic' GOP Platform Draft Co-Written by Tony Perkins Whispers 'Respect' for Gays While Denying Any Rights


The draft language of the Republican Party Platform is out and Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner enlightens us on the various elements which deal with gays, marriage and such:

PerkinsThe Republican Party platform will strongly oppose the Obama administration's decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that bars recognition of same-sex couples' marriages, in court and will support "a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman," according to the draft platform language approved by subcommittees today.

Hate group leader Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council, authored the marriage plank. “You should read the entire plank on marriage, which I wrote. I feel very happy about it. I feel pretty optimistic about the outcome here," he tells Buzzfeed.

The document blasts activist judges for "court-ordered redefinition of marriage", writes Geidner.

Also included: "We oppose the Administration's open defiance of this principle [of separation of powers] — in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts...[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage."

The laughable kicker? This language:

"We embrace the principle that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect."

Said Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson in a separate Buzzfeed item:

"Their lack of awareness of why marriage matters for gay couples as well as for non-gay couples is matched only by their failure to understand basic American civics, such as the role of the judiciary and the meaning of 'equal protection under the law.'...It's actually tragic to see a party that professes its beliefs in values such as freedom, limited government and personal responsibility taking such an extreme position in favor of denial, exclusion and the undermining of constitutional safeguards, not to mention attacking families seeking the commitment of marriage."

Read a low-quality facsimile of the draft, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So we can be treated with "dignity and respect" but not equality.

    Well that's alright then; now we can all go away and be good little gays.
    Thank you Tony and thank you Republicans.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 21, 2012 8:24:42 AM

  2. They must be tired of me calling them "Scumbags"?

    Posted by: Peter | Aug 21, 2012 8:26:51 AM

  3. Look who the Repubs associate with, birds of a feather. Haters, know-nothings and clowns -- what a convention circus!

    And now the Mary's of the blog can say, See this is a Big Step, Be Grateful Gays, and be quiet about it.

    Ayn Rand was so last century and yet her bastard off-spring rule the party. Do they know she was an atheist? Shhhh, quiet now, don't tell them and upset their plans to channel her at the convention.

    Posted by: it isn't just me, is it? | Aug 21, 2012 8:41:22 AM

  4. Well, you need to remember that Democrat hero Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law. Neither he nor Obama did anything to rectify this.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 21, 2012 8:42:54 AM

  5. Why is a leader of a hate group writing platform language for a national political party?? His ties to the KKK and CCC should have diisqualified him immediately! If this isn't proof that the crazy religious right has seized control of the once proud party of Lincoln, then what is. What are they thinking??? Probably not , "GOD" probably compelled the platform committee to ask The Grand Exaulted Wizard Tony Perkins to write it.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 21, 2012 8:47:13 AM

  6. I cannot wait to see how GOPROUD tries to spin this one. They will leap on that one sentence and giggle with self-hatred.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 21, 2012 8:55:59 AM

  7. Well your parties not going to do anything about Jason in fact they want to more. Keep thinking your party loves you

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 21, 2012 9:05:05 AM

  8. I forgot do, my bad

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Aug 21, 2012 9:06:38 AM

  9. This just ruined my morning. Thanks a lot!

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 21, 2012 9:20:22 AM

  10. When your world is so confused by believing in delusional deities and delusional events from 2000 years and longer ago, it's no wonder that your capacity to think clearly becomes strained over time.
    The irony of Mr. Perkins is that everything he says as reported in the post above is wrong. Even his line that "all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect" is wrong. There is no right in the Constitution to be treated with dignity and respect. Period. He can't get anything right!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Aug 21, 2012 9:27:59 AM

  11. This isn't new. All Republican platforms in the last 15 years have included language like that and waxed about freedom, limited government and dignity. And then had insulting language about supporting DADT and being anti-gay in all aspects.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 21, 2012 10:05:05 AM

  12. So women got by language denying abortion even in cases of rape or incest, we get stepped on "with dignity"....a few more minutes and we'll probably learn they've decided to give blacks their very own special seats in the back of the bus!!

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Aug 21, 2012 10:05:21 AM

  13. Slick Willy may have signed DOMA into law, but Barack Obama has promised to sign it out if given the opportunity.

    Your party has promised to reinforce it with a Constitutional amendment.

    Stop pretending, sweetie.


    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 21, 2012 10:59:52 AM

  14. I don't get the reference to "federal personnel benefits". Anybody?

    Posted by: Bingo | Aug 21, 2012 12:16:12 PM

  15. As Log Cabin Republicans reported the other day, they are just tickled pink to have been allowed to "participate" in the GOP platform committee. It appears they came donning their rose colored glasses based on this post on the LCR Facebook page this morning:

    "Pleased to report that the Republican platform committee at 2012 Republican National Convention today engaged in vigorous debate in support of civil unions and stripping out support of DOMA. Materials distributed by Log Cabin and our partners, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, were prominently featured in the debate. While these measures failed, the future direction of our party clearly trends toward inclusion."

    Clearly trends toward inclusion? Really? I guess if you define inclusion as getting an invite to the meeting.

    Posted by: I'm Just Sayin' | Aug 21, 2012 12:54:09 PM

  16. @I'm Just Sayin'....LOL--so true!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Aug 21, 2012 7:21:57 PM

  17. Log Cabins and GOProud are like battered women. They love their abuser and hope one day he'll stop mistreating them. And Heaven help anyone who dare criticise him.

    Posted by: Freddie | Aug 21, 2012 8:16:18 PM

  18. sigh.......man, I really hope Obama wins

    Posted by: William | Aug 21, 2012 9:14:40 PM

  19. The FRC is a very conservative organization. Their ideas about social and political issues are certainly not mine, but the are not a Hate Group and that incendary rhetoric should be dropped.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2012 1:38:21 AM

  20. @Freddie: If you were a political candidate your comment that "battered women love their abusers and hope one day he'll stop mistreating them. And heaven help anyone who dare criticize him." Would sink your candidacy like a rock.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 22, 2012 1:52:50 AM

  21. Andrew,

    Do you have any idea why the FRC was designated a hate group? From your comments, I don't think so.

    They were designated a hate group not because of their perceived hateful views towards the LGBT community, it was because of their long history of pushing a false narrative and flat out lies about the LGBT community. Most of their lies are so far removed from the facts and rational thinking I'm surprised you would question the designation.

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 22, 2012 8:33:33 PM

  22. @Andrew: Do you know the commentary by Sprigg and Perkins, or any of the literature in the late 1990s and early 2000s published by the FRC that resulted in that designation? Did you know that these statements advocated criminalizing same sex behavior, and said that we posed a danger to children and wanted to promote sex with boys? The hate list is about who to watch for extreme rhetoric and practices that might potentially infringe the civil rights of minority and other dis-empowered groups. And that kind of rhetoric is, unquestionably, extreme. Now, I know that such a term as "hate" is divisive and personally I dislike the rhetoric. But I also know that the radical right uses tactics and language that are infinitely more extreme. When the SPLC actively begins advocating against constitutional rights, then I'll change my view of them.

    Posted by: Stefan | Aug 22, 2012 8:37:50 PM

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