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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. It is amazing how absolutely clueless these people are. Republicans as a whole are the most intolerant bigotted people you can find. Not only have they been unkind to the LGBT community, they are intolerent towards the pood and marginalized and people who are not white and rich. They are mired so deeply in the past they can't ever see what is happening in society and moving with those changes. They are becoming irrelevant and need to know that. They are the "stupid people". They want a constitutional amendment for marriage but absolutley ignore the requirement of separation of church and state. They are the Bible Thumpers that like to use single passages out of context and ignore the other teachings as they are not convenient. Get with it people and stop being so hateful.

    Posted by: david from Edmonton | Apr 11, 2013 1:05:55 PM

  2. They're being disingenuous by claiming that their anti-gay reputation is based on their opposition to same-sex marriage. In fact the groups listed have a long history. What about your opposition to decriminalizing gay sex? To anti-discrimination measures? To ending titular anti-gay discrimination (as with DADT, Boy Scouts, etc.)? To modest same-sex partner recognition? What about your support for reparative therapy? For discriminatory policies (like banning gay people from being teachers or harsher penalties for the same sexual crime if it involves gay sex)? For Uganda imposing the death penalty on gay people (in the case of the FRC)? What about the lies you told about gay life expectancy, gay mental health, gay relationships and much more?

    Posted by: Kyle | Apr 11, 2013 1:09:05 PM

  3. "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."

    If there were any doubt as to how destructive GOProud and the LCR has been to the LGBT struggle for equal rights- this sums it up. As long as they continue to appease the Conservative right and allow them believe that equality is not a priority- and that gay Republicans will support, defend, and fundraise for GOP no matter how anti-gay the party platform is- there will be no need for the GOP to change their attitudes.

    Thank you GOProud and LCR for your continued support of discriminatory policies. When you demand nothing you get nothing.

    Posted by: JoeL | Apr 11, 2013 1:15:22 PM

  4. These people are breathtaking liars!! They make there money keeping their followers in a bubble. The Republican Party exists to elect candidates to office at the local, state, and national levels. That's it. These groups through their rigid ideology have marginalized this political party. If the party allows their continued influence the party will fail. Threaten all you want the world has moved on.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 11, 2013 1:19:51 PM

  5. It is good news. They are going to join the Democratic party? That means they are leaving the political field.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 11, 2013 1:34:19 PM

  6. Not only have you treated homosexuals unkindly personally, you've done it INSTITUTIONALLY. PUBLICLY. POLITICALLY.

    Join us in the oxygen-rich air of Earth! It really helps your reasoning!

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Apr 11, 2013 1:37:34 PM

  7. This would be hilarious if it weren't so revolting. You resent the *insinuation* you've been unkind to gay people?! OK, first off, nobody is "insinuating" it, they're stating it outright. Secondly, those saying it are armed with FACTS. (You know, facts? Those things you reject in deference to a book written at the tail end of the Bronze Age by nomads who couldn't find their way out of the frigging DESERT? Those things.)

    So far the LEAST offensive things you religious nutballs have compared gay to are napkins and pens. Usually it's kiddy-diddlers and dog-f*ckers. You continually and deliberately LIE about gay people, their actual lives and goals, but YOU'RE the victim here?!

    OK, to borrow some of your own reasoning, how about this? I'm not against the Christian Right, I'm just pro-lion.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 11, 2013 1:50:33 PM

  8. When someone takes reality and warps it to suit themselves, isn't that a mental or emotional breakdown? inability to face reality on it's own terms shows stunted rationale skills and it's frightening that these disturbed people have any modicum of influence. I keep thinking of the Thatcher years in Britain and how everyone hated Thatcher, but wasn't it the people who voted her in for several terms? I feel shame for the people who give these idiots any sense of power.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 11, 2013 2:04:25 PM

  9. I am a better judge of how I am being treated than you are of how you are treating me.

    Unkind, yes. No equality? Proposing amendments to ban me from receiving the same legal rights and protections that are available to you? Blaming me for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and political unrest in Korea?

    Make no mistake about it: you are being unkind and worse.

    Posted by: Mitch | Apr 11, 2013 2:05:45 PM

  10. These groups are fighting for their very existence. If gay marriage becomes popular their funding will go to zero. Keep in mind that outreach and grant matching programs help to sponsor many of these pressure groups, and so they really can't bite the hand that feeds them.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 11, 2013 2:25:14 PM

  11. So, they want to whitewash their treatment of gays, claiming they've never personally treated homosexuals unkindly? Are they incapable of recognizing that "the personal is political"? Yet how hypocritical: they want to claim there's a "war on Christmas/Christians," because of citizens want to uphold the First Amendment, claiming that they are being "persecuted" as Christians through that activity; but homosexuals can't make the parallel claim because Republican attacks haven't been personal? Lies and blindness.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Apr 11, 2013 2:36:38 PM

  12. @Tom in Long Beach: Tom's comment, "In a secular society there is no rational reason to withhold marriage equality," does not go far enough because withholding marriage equality can cause real harm even if civil unions are given the same legal rights as marriage.

    For an outrageous example, read

    Basically, a San Mateo County (California) prosecutor tried to deposit a check from her domestic partner. The bank called the wrong person with the same name, decided the check had been stolen, So they called the police, and the police arrested her, threw her into jail, and left her chained to the wall for two hours while denying her access to the medication she had for diabetes (an act that could be life threatening). She sued (no surprise - what happened to her was outrageous) and the f*#&$*#ing judge decided to have her pay the bank $50,000 (attorney fees) under an anti-SLAPP law.

    This travesty of justice would not have happened if the prosecutor and her domestic (same-sex) partner had been married.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 11, 2013 2:45:01 PM

  13. Don't expect leadership from the RNC's head, little Miss Nancy Reince Priebus. He's already distanced himself from the reform initiatives that were floated a few weeks ago. But he should realize that a backlash from Evangelicals is the least of his worries.

    Posted by: Joseph | Apr 11, 2013 2:52:44 PM

  14. UNKINDLY?? The trail of rank hatred these malignant egophrenics leave behind over the last 30 years alone has been jump-the-shark barbaric, depraved, inhumane, immoral, unprincipled, utterly wicked, openly contemptuous, merciless, traitorous, despicably behaved, criminally motivated, pathological and lawless - but one wouldn't say merely "unkind." Good riddance.

    Posted by: Christophe | Apr 11, 2013 3:17:18 PM

  15. ...... and I have to say the Log Cabin Republicans are sell outs. i think it anathema to be gay and support the Republicans.

    Posted by: david from Edmonton | Apr 11, 2013 3:24:47 PM

  16. the reason the GOP is decades behind in terms of LGBT Issues is *BECAUSE OF GAY REPUBLICANS*

    think about it - these gay republicans are the "gay friends" and "family" that the GOP like to pretend they care about. GOProuders. LCRs (like Matt Salmon Jr, whose GOP Mormon dad totally isn't anti-gay despite being against gay marriage, gays adopting, and being disappointed that his son is no longer in reparative therapy....)

    so, what can we glean from this? that gay republicans do such a piss-poor job of "representing gays" that their own blood doesn't think they're worthy of Equality.

    not the same deal with liberals. whatever we gay liberals are doing, it seems to be working.

    so how about it, gay republicans? realize your tactics have failed. when you lay down in the mud so people can walk all over you they won't ever expect anything else from you.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 11, 2013 3:34:07 PM

  17. yes!

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 11, 2013 3:51:31 PM

  18. After the national election last year, Karen Hughes, a former adviser to Georgie, said she hoped that all white Republican male candidates and politicians would never utter the word "rape" again. Well, it won't be long before some of the few level-headed Republicans, whose brains aren't between their butt cheeks, will hope for the conservatives to keep their mouths shut about gays and gay marriage. But until then, let the idiots have free speech! They all deserve each other.

    Posted by: Bill | Apr 11, 2013 4:12:18 PM

  19. Until I hear from their mouths that they believe in slavery, the subjugation of women (get back in the kitchen where you belong Mrs. Coulter), the death penalty for various activities (playing football, eating shrimp, farming intelligently, arguing with your parents (I know you are only six but you said you hate I have to throw stones at you until you are dead), among others, then their opinion, beliefs, and feelings are hypocritical and a double standard and thus void of weight, credence, and intelligence (duh) and we would all be better served if they learned to not be idiots or at least realized that they are backwards, warmongering douches with nothing to contribute beyond as example of how not to be and history will remember as standing in the way of basic human rights.

    (Mic drop)

    I'm done.

    Posted by: Curtis | Apr 11, 2013 4:13:12 PM

  20. If calling people abomination and unnatural, being prejudice, condemning people to hell and driving many to take their own lives is the anti-gay idea of kindness, then I truly don't want to know what being unkind means to them.

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 11, 2013 4:17:28 PM

  21. talk about denial..........“We deeply resent the insinuation that we have treated homosexuals unkindly personally,” they write. This is just comedic fictional writing.....The junk they spew about gay people is pure hate......

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 11, 2013 4:41:18 PM

  22. Please keep them this will make it easier to divide and conquer the Republican party. They have hate in their hearts... they need to own it now. This is their base after all... is it not?

    Posted by: Javier | Apr 11, 2013 6:31:37 PM

  23. Let them leave. Please, let them leave. It will finally allow a progressive, thoughtful, forward thinking America to move ahead in the future.

    Posted by: Rich | Apr 11, 2013 10:55:44 PM

  24. Galloping Leaping gall of hatemongers to claim resentment of being portrayed as they actually are. Countdown to being fringe asshats begins now.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Apr 12, 2013 8:25:59 AM

  25. Buh Bye! Don't let the door hit you on your way out!

    Posted by: Burt | Apr 12, 2013 12:40:41 PM

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