Alabama GOP Seeks To Oust Pro-Gay College Republican Chairwoman

The Alabama republican Party is considering an amendment that would remove the current Alabama College Republicans Chairwoman Stephanie Petelos from her post – simply due to her vocal favorable reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA.

Yellowhammer News reports:

AlA proposed amendment to the bylaws of the Alabama Republican Party would remove from the Party’s steering committee any member who publicly supports a position contrary to the most recent GOP platform, which was adopted during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Party insiders say the proposed amendment was written as a direct result of comments made by current Alabama College Republicans Chairwoman Stephanie Petelos around the time the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

“We just [love] freedom and fun. That’s all. Don’t hate.” Petelos posted on her Facebook page after the Court’s decision was announced. She also encouraged her Facebook friends to “like” a page for a pro-gay marriage group called “Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.”

Petelos was also interviewed for this summer in which she stated her pro-gay stance. In the piece, she went so far as to claim that she is far from alone in her party.

StephThe majority of students don't derive the premise of their argument for or against gay marriage from religion, because we're governed by the constitution and not the Bible," Petelos said.

Though some young Republicans have come out in support of gay marriage, Petelos said even more probably believe in it but remain quiet in fear of retribution.

"I think a lot of people would be actively for it if they didn't live in fear of backlash from party leaders," she said. "We don't want to go against the party, we love the party. We're just passionate about a whole list of other issues, that's why we're involved."

Says Don Wallace, President of the Alabama Republican Assembly and Past Vice-Chairman of ALGOP: "When the College Republican Chairwoman made official statements in conflict with the party platform’s support for traditional marriage, as well as the Governor and Chairman Armistead, I believe that requires action by the Republican Party on both procedural and moral grounds."

According to Talking Points Memo, the GOP party will vote on the proposed amendment on August 24.


  1. northalabama says

    once again, example of the gop eating their own, because that strategy has worked so well the past few years.

    the headline here is “there is a gay-friendly republican in alabama”!

  2. nick says

    Alabama Republicans hanging on to the last group they can still hate…..
    at least in public-
    but they still hold on to the part that is traditionally Southern- in private as we all know—-
    Dixie- continuing to keep America for real Umericans

  3. Onnyjay says

    Thoughtcrime must be eradicated. Rethuglicans can’t tolerate anyone who is not as frightened, anal and bigoted as they, especially among their own ranks. A pox on them all!

  4. DannyEastVillage says

    I think this is great! The more they do this sort of thing the more the repubs ensure that they have no future. They refuse even to hear their own children. Fine with me…

  5. jdswell says

    @CG I see where you are going with the George Wallace thing, but he was a Democrat. He’d probably be a Republican these days but he wasn’t then.

  6. Koskalaka Maricón says

    I sincerely hope that the GOP and RNC, whether state or national, continues their errant hard right trajectory. It’s long past time for these intolerant hatemongers to be cleared and retired from public service and elected office. Please GOP and RNC: Keep making more stupid and ridiculous rules!

  7. Bill Cole says

    META: Is “Pro-Gay” even an accurate descriptive in this or most cases where it might be used? It seems like a label that legitimizes the binary tribalist BS of the Dominionist Right.

    In this case, it is hard to find anything really “Pro-Gay” in what Petelos has said. Her conflict with the ALGOP elders seems to be over their broad embrace of Dominionist rhetoric and reasoning. It seems that she falls more into the “Pro-Not-Giving-A-Damn-Whether-Anyone-Is-Gay” camp, a diverse plurality that isn’t always effectively “Pro-Gay”

  8. GrantLV says

    But how can they ever propose an idea that is contrary to the current platform, even when they create the next platform in 2016? This is total insanity, and desperation time for the old guard.

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