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Anti-Gay Leaders Threaten Leaving GOP: 'We Resent the Insinuation We Have Treated Homosexuals Unkindly'

The leaders of 13 social conservative (and hate) groups including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum, James Dobson of Family Talk Action and Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List have sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) demanding the RNC reaffirm suppport for DOMA and a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

PriebusAs I mentioned yesterday, the RNC, which is holding a three-day confab in L.A., plans to vote Friday on a similar measure submitted by state party leaders.

The WaPo reports:

“Republicans would do well to persuade young voters why marriage between a man and a woman is so important rather than abandon thousands of years of wisdom to please them,” they write. “We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support.”

The group argues that existing gay GOP groups such as the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud shows that there is no need to change party orthodoxy to create a bigger tent. “We deeply resent the insinuation that we have treated homosexuals unkindly personally,” they write.

They also suggest that better communication with social conservatives, “the experts on how to articulate those positions,” would have avoided some of the gaffes made by Republican candidates last year.

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  1. Republicans make themselves increasing irrelevant with every word they utter so SING OUT PRIEBUS! Hilary 2016!

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 11, 2013 11:53:49 AM

  2. That ole bat Phyllis Schlafly isn't dead yet??

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 11, 2013 11:56:11 AM


    yes, because LCR and GOProud are sterling examples of well-adjusted homosexuals in no way crippled by self-loathing and familial shame ;-)

    call their bluff, GOP. where they gonna go, eh?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 11, 2013 11:58:33 AM

  4. In a secular society there is no rational reason to withhold marriage equality. Slavery and treating women as property were also traditions that endured for thousands of years.

    Posted by: Tom in Long Beach | Apr 11, 2013 11:59:01 AM

  5. It's always the same meme ... how can we better communicate our message?

    Get a clue ... it's the message that is abhorrent. We've heard your message and we reject it completely.

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 11, 2013 12:01:38 PM

  6. Tom - don't bring up slavery. It doesn't get the response you want it to from Republicans. They still miss it.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 11, 2013 12:01:56 PM

  7. "Insinuation"? What insinuation? No one's insinuating they "have treated homosexuals unkindly personally". People are stating it unequivocally.

    But I find the construction of that sentence very interesting. It's almost as if they're acknowledging that they treat LGBT people unkindly institutionally, legally, publicly, but how dare anyone even insinuate that they are in any way PERSONALLY unkind to individual LGBT people.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 11, 2013 12:03:16 PM

  8. The "insinuation" that you have treated homosexuals "unkindly." Um, just quote verbatim from Phyllis Schlafly's book "The Positive Woman," or from James Dobson's spittle-flecked homophobic sermons, or the vile homophobic bullsh*t Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer have spewed out for c. 25 years.

    And Lou Sheldon? Please!

    Crazy Orwellian.

    Posted by: bs detector just blew fuse | Apr 11, 2013 12:04:46 PM

  9. Don't your eyes go bad if you don't have enough light? Maybe that's why so many Republicans are blind--they've kept their heads up their a**es for far too long.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 11, 2013 12:06:28 PM

  10. The Young Citizens are not dumb. They hear the Right wing members yelling about what 10% (at most) of the population wants to do that in no way infringes on the rights and responsibilities of the other 90%. Objectively, that just seems very unstable of those vocal Right-wingers.
    Most of us stay away from people babbling crazy stuff on the street. Enough said...

    Posted by: Daya | Apr 11, 2013 12:11:05 PM

  11. Like they have any choice. They need the Republicans infinitely more than the Republicans need them. Fundamentalist Christians will vote GOP even without those tiny, irrelevant fringe groups

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 11, 2013 12:11:19 PM

  12. Good! buh bye. Today's trash day and you're on the curb.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 11, 2013 12:11:33 PM

  13. PLEASE SPLIT OFF FROM THE GOP!!! It will gaurentee that NO TEAPARTY,CONSERVATIVE,or GOP Candidate will ever win an election again....

    Posted by: aj | Apr 11, 2013 12:15:51 PM

  14. The thing is, the dominance of the GOP by these anti-humanity groups is probably what is keeping it from growing. Without them, they might just get the big tent they've touted for so long. Libertarians and Independents may find the GOP more attractive without all the anti-people crowd.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Apr 11, 2013 12:25:01 PM

  15. Feel free to resent the insinuation. It changes not one whit the objective FACTS over the last four decades or more from the social conservative establishment.

    Need anyone bring up the legendary William F. Buckley's threat to punch Gore Vidal in the nose ? There is quantifiable objective fact out there. Perhaps such cognitive dissonance is to be expected from the crowd who continue to wholesale traffic such reality-challenged memes. Aargh.

    Posted by: Jim in Colo Spgs | Apr 11, 2013 12:26:46 PM

  16. So now it's the Republican's job to convince young voters that your vision of marriage is correct? Is that because you've failed at it and you want them to do it for you? Look, you can't win on any argument you try at this point... People just don't believe your bullsh!t anymore. You've had over 40 years to come up with good reasons since Stonewall, and with out community coming out and ordinary people getting to know us instead of being some invisible monster in the closet, people just don't believe we're not worthy of equal rights anymore. You've lost and you can leave the party and all that does is help us... Or if you convince the GOP to continue to oppress us, they will go down with you.. Win-win at this point. Accept you've lost and move on... Of course they won't because look at how these a$$hats still try to overturn pro-choice laws... Haters gonna hate...

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Apr 11, 2013 12:28:00 PM

  17. So, this means that these Republicans would support the equal right for EMPLOYMENT for gay people across the country?

    (and yet they claim to not be anti-gay?????)

    Please ask these fools to take a course in basic logic....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Apr 11, 2013 12:29:32 PM

  18. I am sorry to observe that tea-partiers breaking-off from the GOP might be exactly what the GOP needs to regain its balance and relevance. It could be the best thing that happens to the GOP. Not so much for the Tea party. On the whole, those of us with a liberal agenda are better-off if the crazies are steering the GOP towards the cliff, but then, part of me thinks it might be good if the US actually had a viable second party to choose from -- just on general principles.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Apr 11, 2013 12:34:50 PM

  19. Here is contact info for the hospital. You know, just in case anyone has any questions:

    Contact info (from Reddit):
    Administration: (816) 276-4101
    PR: (816) 276-9475
    Ethics Compliance Officer: (816) 276-3306

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 11, 2013 12:35:28 PM

  20. Oh no, what will become of the GOP without the batshit crazy people? Sorry, Phylis and the rest of you idiots, the dems don't want you and your kind are pretty irrelevant to the discussion. You have no power anymore and will continue to lose more and more of it. You think screaming louder will make your voice heard, but nobody is listening

    Posted by: Sean | Apr 11, 2013 12:38:21 PM

  21. Clayton, is the RNC in the hospital? Let's hope they recover. Bigotry is hard to cure.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Apr 11, 2013 12:45:31 PM

  22. Please, by all mean, split off from the GOP. It's already on it's last legs and this will just chop them off at the kneww.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 11, 2013 12:50:15 PM

  23. Can we send them to the moon? Maybe we can take up a collection.

    "Thousands of years of wisdom?" Hysterical!

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 11, 2013 12:50:16 PM

  24. aj, yours is the most sensible suggestion here. Let the gang of 13 leave and it will guarantee that the GOP is finally tossed on the trash heap of American history, where it belongs.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 11, 2013 12:51:40 PM

  25. That ole bat Phyllis Schlafly isn't dead yet??

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 11, 2013 11:56:11 AM

    Nooo - the CRONE of CALDOR (bewitched reference) is still breathing......DRAT!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 11, 2013 12:59:21 PM

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