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Michigan County GOP Chairman Represents Party’s Shifting Attitude Towards Gay Marriage

WorthamsPolls may suggest that the Republican Party is slowly but surely inching its way towards LGBT acceptance, but Dave Worthams is living proof. The Kalamazoo County GOP chairman isn’t gay, but happens to be in an interracial marriage and said he sees the parallels between the anti-miscegenation laws in the 20th century and laws today that ban same-sex marriage. MLive's Julie Mack reports:

"There were numerous people who marched on the streets, got attacked by dogs, so someone like me could love a white woman, a Hispanic woman," Worthams said, and he's come to think that the same rights should be extended to gay couples.

"At the end of the day, you should be able to love with who you want," Worthams said.

Worthams hopes that, like the 1967 landmark ruling in Loving v. Virginia that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the marriage equality issues will be solved at the U.S. Supreme Court level. Same-sex marriages briefly took place in Michigan last weekend but a stay was granted by the 6th circuit court of appeals.  

While the judicial system battle plays out, Wortham said that as a Republican leader his goals are to minimize gay marriage as a divisive issue in the party and let others outside the party know that there is a diversity of opinion within the GOP.

Dave agemaHe singled out fellow Michigan GOP chairman Dave Agema as an example of someone who doesn’t “get the bigger picture about treating people with compassion.” Agema, you'll recall, made headlines a few months ago after making a series of virulently anti-gay statements that eventually led to calls for his resignation from local, state, and national party leaders. (Agema refused)

Worthams said he is frustrated that people see Agema as representing the GOP mainstream as opposed to just a fringe individual.

"Not all Republican leaders are trying to keep people apart," he said. "I think there are allies all around (for the GLBT community.)  There are allies in places that are unexpected."


Michigan RNC Candidate Wants Satanic 'Perversion' of Homosexuality 'Purged' from GOP

An RNC candidate in Michigan says homosexuality is a "perversion" created by Satan and wants gays "purged" from the GOP, the HuffPost reports:

SearsMary Helen Sears of Houghton County in the state's Upper Peninsula, elected vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party's 1st District last year, posted a rant in April on the Schoolcraft County GOP website -- preceded by a warning asking readers to "please use your discretion before taking any decisions based on the information in this blog."

In the post, Sears claimed that homosexuals prey on children, argued that "Satan uses homosexuality to attack the living space of the Holy Spirit" and advocated that Republicans "as a party should be purging this perversion and send them to a party with a much bigger tent."

Now, Michigan's RNC already has a troublesome gay-hater in RNC Committeeman Dave Agema, who continues to face calls to step down from many Republicans, including RNC Chair Reince Priebus. Agema, who also hates Muslims, has said that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits, and last week said Russia's anti-gay law is "common sense".

Sears is running for the RNC co-chair seat of U.S. Senate candidate Terri Land and would sit next to Agema on the committee.

Astonishlingly, the HuffPost notes, Sears appears to be to the right of Agema.


Bryan Fischer Welcomes Hateful Anti-Gay Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema: VIDEO

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In most situations and settings, it’s difficult for someone else to overshadow American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fischer in terms of anti-gay bigotry. But Fischer had some stiff competition on his show yesterday when joined by embattled Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema, who is under intense pressure from Republican Party officials to resign for his laundry list of virulently anti-gay and anti-Muslim statements. 

Quick to play the victimization card, Agema detailed how he was being persecuted like Ducky Dyansty's Phil Robertson and boxing champ Evander Holyfield for telling the truth about homosexual behavior. Right Wing Watch reports that Agema also reiterated his vow to not resign from the RNC and become a victim of “political correctness.”

"Political correctness is taking the place of freedom of speech," Agema told Fischer. "And if you look at what's happened just here in the news media and particularly in Hollywood in the Grammys, they are just shoving this stuff down our throats and very few people are speaking up. And if you do speak up, you can expect to be slammed, and that's exactly what they call it, slamming and jamming, what they're doing to me right now"

The (separated at birth?) duo also discussed the methods the Republican Party would need to employ in order to oust Agema from his position.

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Anti-Gay Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema Resists Calls to Resign, Makes New Statement

Amid calls from several Michigan Republican lawmakers and the Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus for him to step down for his anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks, RNC Committeeman Dave Agema remains defiant, releasing this press release today:

2_agemaAs an American proud of our Country, my faith and convictions, and the core values and principles that have contributed directly to our unrivaled international role as champions of freedom, prosperity and hope- I have made comments considered by some, to be insensitive, inflammatory, and inaccurate.

In retrospect, I acknowledge errors in judgment and how I addressed them, feel badly about the impact this has had on many here in the land I love, and have learned valuable lessons about the requirements and responsibilities that are to be expected and honored by all who are in leadership positions- including myself.

I have become increasingly frustrated and concerned by continuous attacks on religion in general, and Christians in particular, by the Democrat Party, the Obama Administration, and others. I openly posed a question aimed at shedding light on that subject. I readily acknowledge my mistake, appreciate the charitable efforts of Muslim Americans, and offer my sincerest apology for reposting an article that has been re-quoted as my words. I stand with peaceful Muslims who share my concern with radicalism and look forward to continuing to work with people of all faiths that uphold American values.

As an American who has spent his entire life remaining faithful to his religion, his family, and his country, I have been unwilling to compromise my principles, traditional values or support for the Word of God.

My personal beliefs and public statements expressing them as a public figure, has been attacked by a few strident advocates for homosexual marriage seeking to change Republican, Michigan and America’s mores and laws. Despite our American heritage of the right to speak freely- or perhaps because of it, my personal views on the sanctity of marriage have led to loud and heated statements among some, on all sides of this issue. I could have handles this better.

I want to affirm that my goal is for a better life for all residents of Michigan. I have learned much over the last several weeks and will use the lessons learned to improve on my abilities to further the best interests of all people of Michigan, through my role as a proud member of the Republican National Committee. I have received great response at packed audiences, drawing voters to the GOP. I fully intend to honor the trust and fulfill the responsibilities to those in the Michigan Republican Party that elected me.

Agema has said that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits, and last week said Russia's anti-gay law is "common sense".

Regarding the anti-Muslim remarks, "Earlier this month, Agema reposted another 'eye opening' Internet article asking readers whether they had 'ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life,' prompting a new round of angry responses."


RNC Chair Reince Priebus Calls on Anti-Gay Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema to Resign

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Calls for the resignation of Michigan RNC Committeman Dave Agema are now coming from the top of his party.

Agema, the notoriously anti-gay RNC committeeman who, in the past has said that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits, and last week said Russia's anti-gay law is "common sense", is being called on to step down by RNC Chair Reince Priebus, the Washington Blade reports:

PriebusSean Spicer, an RNC spokesperson, tweeted on the second day of the RNC winter meeting in D.C. that Preibus as well as Michigan Republican Chair Bobby Schostak asked for the resignation of RNC committee member Dave Agema.

RNC Chair @reince and @MIGOP Chair @BobbySchostak have called for the resignation of Dave Agema

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 24, 2014

Kirsten Kukowski, another RNC spokesperson, confirmed the tweet for the Washington Blade, saying “For the good of the party we believe Dave Agema should resign.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, Priebus and Schostak called for Agema to step down shortly after Priebus spoke to the RNC on Friday at the winter meeting about the need to expand the party’s base of voters.

We'll keep you updated.


More Calls for Anti-Gay Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema to Resign: VIDEO

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More Republican lawmakers are calling on Michigan RNC Committeeman Dave Agema to resign.

2_agemaWZZM reports that Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Candice Miller, and Rep. Fred Upton are all urging Agema, who has said (among other things) that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits, and last week said Russia's anti-gay law is "common sense".

Said Amash:

"Defending civil liberties is at the heart of the Republican Party and our Constitution. As I've demonstrated with my words and record, I am trying to grow a new generation of Republicans that includes more gays and lesbians, racial-ethnic minorities, women, and young people. Dave's approach has become a distraction for those of us who are standing up to the political establishment, whose push for bigger government, more corporate welfare, and less individual liberty have hurt our party. I hope Dave will do the right thing for the next generation of conservatives and step down. And I hope that the politicians who are criticizing Dave will stand with me in protecting civil liberties with their votes and actions, not just their rhetoric."

Said Miller:

"Those who seek to be leaders must strive to be inclusive and respectful of others. Dave Agema has failed this test and should resign."

Upton applauded calls from former Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy DeVos, for Agema to resign.

Said Upton: "I would note that he started with some of this verbiage back in Berrien County last month at a Republican event and I publicly criticized him then, as I still do today."

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