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Oregon GOP Throws Cold Water on Republican Endorsement of Marriage Equality

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On Sunday Towleroad reported on a landmark endorsement of marriage equality by Republican activists at the 50th Annual Dorchester Conference in Seaside, Oregon. Participants at the annual conference voted 233-162 in favor of supporting marriage equality.

The move was applauded by Freedom Oregon, a coalition of Republican leaders, and the Log Cabin Republicans.

OregonrepublicanpartyThe Oregon Republican Party was none too pleased, however, and issued this statement, signed by Oregon Republican Party State Chairman Art Robinson and Republican Party Congressional District 5 Chair Tyler Smith:

In response to questions from Republicans around the state of Oregon, the Oregon Republican Party would like to remind everyone that the Dorchester conference is not an official Republican party event. It is an event founded and run by former Senator Bob Packwood. Senator Packwood explained that he designed the conference to try to pull the Republican party to the left on policy issues and that he originally set it up as a protest to exclude the official Republican party. The Oregon Republican Party welcomes everyone into our party to debate the issues, but we desire to make it clear that we have an official party platform stating our positions on relevant issues. The platform of the Oregon Republican Party is debated and modified at our Convention and is always available to view on our website.

The Republican Party is proud to be known as the party of liberty. As the party of freedom, we believe that Americans should be free to live their lives as they wish, so long as they do not impede the freedom of others to do so. The state leadership of the Republican Party in Oregon continues to stand for freedom and religious liberty.

The Republican Party has been the champion of civil rights for 160 years including leading the great movements abolishing slavery and enacting civil rights legislation in the 1960’s. However, freedom also includes being free from having the institutions of government used to interfere in your life and redefine social institutions such as marriage, which people have built their societies around for thousands of years.

The institution of marriage being between men and women pre-dates government, and has continuously served as the foundation for family structure in ordered societies for thousands of years. We oppose the use of government to suppress and control your rights by interfering in bedrock social institutions.

We continue to ask everyone of every background to join the Republican Party to help us protect and preserve freedom, protect your religious liberty, and to prevent government overreach from destroying the institution of marriage and further taking away your rights through social engineering.

Oregon's marriage equality battle is headed to a climax in 2014. Not only are there efforts toward a ballot measure underway which must qualify by July 3, two couples filed suit against the state's gay marriage ban in October.

Oregon's attorney general Ellen Rosenblum said last month that she would not defend the state's gay marriage ban in court, joining several attorneys general around the country in viewing such laws as unconstitutional following the SCOTUS ruling in the Windsor DOMA case.

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  1. What a ridiculous argument! Gay marriage has zero impact on straight marriages, but somehow making straight people acknowledge the very existence of gay marriage is somehow an infringement on their rights. Not being allowed to prevent total strangers from doing something that has no impact on their life equals loss of freedom. Words fail me.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 12, 2014 12:31:14 PM


  2. So entertaining to watch the old guard dig in their heels.

    Keep reaching for irrelevance. You'll get there!

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 12, 2014 12:35:28 PM


  3. The doublespeak in that statement is mind-boggling. "We're the party of liberty, and civil rights, but we also favor squashing civil rights for this group, which I somehow reconcile in my head."

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Mar 12, 2014 12:41:25 PM


  4. "As the party of freedom, we believe that Americans should be free to live their lives as they wish, so long as they do not impede the freedom of others to do so."

    They need to work on their self-assessment skills, but we knew this.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 12, 2014 12:41:51 PM


  5. Their official statement is so blatantly contradictory it is laughable and pathetic. I would have more respect for them if they just said, "We oppose gay marriage because of our religious beliefs." Trying to cloak their opposition in the mantle of civil rights is ridiculous and fraudulent.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Mar 12, 2014 12:51:12 PM


  6. Once again, the Log Cabin Republicans demonstrate the *remarkable* clout they've built up within their party after decades of work.

    And the punch line is "party of liberty!"

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 12, 2014 12:53:21 PM


  7. Suicide in slow-motion.

    Posted by: Chuck | Mar 12, 2014 1:10:31 PM


  8. The party is imploding. I was actually laughing at the double talk from this statement.. "As the party of freedom, we believe that Americans should be free to live their lives as they wish, so long as they do not impede the freedom of others to do so."
    HUH???????? So denying marriage equality to citizens is WHAT???

    Posted by: Jim Stone | Mar 12, 2014 1:18:57 PM


  9. I loves me some GOP in-fighting.

    Posted by: Clayton | Mar 12, 2014 1:24:20 PM


  10. The institution of marriage is old, but the institution of slavery isn't?

    Posted by: Merv | Mar 12, 2014 1:31:31 PM


  11. Freedom, blah, blah, liberty, blah, blah, civil rights, blah, blah...dirty queers are no good. That's about all I got from their idiotic "statement".

    Posted by: RWG | Mar 12, 2014 1:45:58 PM


  12. Quote possibly the most disingenuous, duplicitous, corkscrew statement I've ever read regarding opposing marriage equality, and this is the Republican Party we are talking about. Is their new talking point honestly "We are actually defending equal rights by being anti-gay marriage"? Because that's insulting, to say the least.

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 12, 2014 1:47:38 PM


  13. "The Republican Party is proud to be known as the party of liberty."

    Um, No. The Republican Party won't be known to history as the party of LIBERTY.

    "As the party of freedom, we believe that Americans should be free to live their lives as they wish, so long as they do not impede the freedom of others to do so."

    HAHAHAHAHA - Nope!

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 12, 2014 1:50:16 PM


  14. The desperation has overrun the tub and is seeping down the stairs - Grab a towel!

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Mar 12, 2014 1:53:19 PM


  15. Tony Perkins reared his ugly serpent head and gave them their marching orders.

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 12, 2014 1:55:17 PM


  16. The Republican Party is the party of BS. Their claim to "protect and preserve freedom, protect your religious liberty, and to prevent government overreach from destroying the institution of marriage and further taking away your rights through social engineering" is so....so....so 1950s that it evokes memories of a quaint WASPish by-gone era - in black-and-white, of course.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 12, 2014 2:20:16 PM


  17. Other commenters have already stated what I felt about the laughable doublespeak about "freedom" (freedom to oppress?) in the statement.
    Political parties have been in constant flux since their inception and are far more like each other at any point in time than they are like themselves at long-ago points in history.
    The only times the Republican Party has ever supported freedom more than the Democratic Party is when their base was their base was the liberals of places like San Francisco and Vermont, agnostics and people who attended the same liberal churches (Unitarians, Quakers, etc.) that now support same-sex marriage.
    The people who fought FOR slavery and segregation and against women's suffrage were the the church denominations (Southern Baptists, Evangelicals) and hick locales in poory-educated white small-towns of places like Mississippi and Alabama, and that have continued to vote "conservative.". Those voters' party is always slightly in flux even from one town to another and one race to another and CERTAINLY from one century to another, but in this century almost always is the Republican candidate.

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 12, 2014 2:28:05 PM


  18. The party is imploding. I was actually laughing at the double talk from this statement.. "As the party of freedom, we believe that Americans should be free to live their lives as they wish, so long as they do not impede the freedom of others to do so."
    HUH???????? So denying marriage equality to citizens is WHAT???


    Posted by: Jim Stone | Mar 12, 2014 1:18:57 PM

    I was thinking the same thing....do they even Hear themselves???????

    Posted by: disgusted american | Mar 12, 2014 2:50:39 PM


  19. Yes, GOP! Please keep digging!

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 12, 2014 2:59:17 PM


  20. What an idiotic statement. Freedom, liberty, civil rights, freedom, liberty, civil rights, live your life without government intervention, freedom, liberty…..

    ….refuse the rights of same sex couples…

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 12, 2014 3:01:27 PM


  21. Every commenter in this thread was spot on.

    Embarrassingly sad to say that this doublespeak passes for logic amongst the Faux Republican crowd but it shows why so many young conservatives are no longer self identifying as Republican.

    Packwood's group adopting the measure to support equality should challenge the 'official' party group opposing and make the national GOP show their stance. Affect the change.

    Bad enough to be fraudulently claiming to be the party of liberty but also the party of LINCOLN. Poor Abe.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Mar 12, 2014 3:10:05 PM


  22. Picture these people as a very power-mad three-year-old, who is busy eating pie: "No one else gets to have pie, just me because I say so." Another kid goes to the kitchen, makes their own pie, and starts eating it; the first kid throws themself on the floor in a sobbing fit of rage. When it is pointed out that they still have their own pie and this shouldn't make any difference, the first child screams, "But now I'm not the only special one!" Exactly.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 12, 2014 3:15:32 PM


  23. It's pretty amazing to hear a person give a statement where the second half completely, totally and utterly negates the first half.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 12, 2014 3:17:01 PM


  24. How nice to watch the Tea Bagger Republican Party of Oregon stampede toward the cliff like a herd of lemmings. What better fate for these Republican rodents than to rush over the edge and drown in the sea. The party is beyond redemption. It needs to die--now!

    Posted by: Jim | Mar 12, 2014 3:17:14 PM


  25. Unfortunately, the earlier story—wherein Towleroad uncritically reported the self-serving press release from Freedom Oregon—probably did it's share of damage. Stories like that allow people to convince themselves that voting Republican doesn't harm gay rights. If TR had waited for the official response before reporting that press release, they probably wouldn't have exaggerated the significance of the Dorchester Conference vote.

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 12, 2014 3:35:10 PM


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