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Freedom To Marry Wants Young, Pro-Equality Republicans To Run For Delegate Spots At 2016 GOP Convention

FreedomToMarryFreedom to Marry recognizes the shifting tide toward a pro-marriage equality Republican Party, and they aim to capitalize on the demographic most ready to take the plunge. In a series of meetings in Iowa this week, FtM will encourage Republicans under the age of 30 to run for coveted delegate position slots at the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Their participation would help the party move on important changes in language, from anti-gay to pro-conversation, which could be key should the Supreme Court not decide on a same-sex marriage case in the coming year.

Politico reports:

“It’s time for the party to modernize on this issue,” said Margaret Hoover, a Republican strategist, CNN commentator and native Iowan who is part of the Freedom to Marry delegation making the trip to the key early presidential state...

“We want for the presidential process in 2016 [that gay marriage will] be an issue nationally that Republicans are debating,” said Tyler Deaton, the campaign manager for the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry effort.

He added, “Our intention is to bring a record number of young delegates to the convention … and make some history.”

Cleveland2016The Republican Party has consistently received flack for its exclusivity, particularly against young people, women, and the LGBT community. Freedom to Marry hopes to achieve a more even-keeled approach by shifting the party's platform.

“We recognize that there are diverse and sincerely held views on civil marriage within the Party, and that support for allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry has grown substantially in our own Party,” reads some of the proposed language.

“Given this journey that so many Americans, including Republicans, are on, we encourage and welcome a thoughtful conversation among Republicans about the meaning and importance of marriage, and commit our Party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans.”

Those hoping for a younger, more-center-leaning GOP in 2016 have their work cut out for them.


Michigan GOP Official Wants to ‘Purge’ the Satanic Influence of Homosexuality from the Party

What is it about the Michigan Republican Party that makes it such a breeding pen for anti-gay nutcases?

Mary Helen Sears, Michigan’s 1st district vice-chair of the Schoolcraft County Republican Party, is running for a seat on the Republican National Committee and wants you to know that she’s not one bit happy about the fact that young conservatives are increasingly supportive of marriage equality.

Mary searsIn an article titled "End of the GOP?" Sears writes:

Today, we are seeing those who learned well the lessons of their left leaning teachers and a society who promotes a me-ist mind set. Our young Republicans want us to put away the old thinking of Marriage and Life. Adopt a more open attitude, accept who they are, stop the hate speech, blah, blah, blah. Yes, they have learned their lessons well. The problem is it was the wrong lesson.

Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman. It is a reflection of God and his Church. The promise that when this horror show we call life is over, we will once again be reunited with the God of this Universe. The joining of two men or two women is a perversion of this Covenant and a direct affront to God. Satan uses homosexuality to attack the living space of the Holy Spirit, which is the body of the person.

Sears then cites the standard “homosexuality=abomination” Bible verses before continuing:

How then can we as Christians stay in a party that adopts Homosexuality into the fabric of the tent. I say we cannot. Homosexuals make up less than one percent of the total population. They must prey on our children to increase their numbers. Why then, would we, as a party, entertain this perversion? We as a party should be purging this perversion and send them to a party with a much bigger tent.

You can read the vile column in full HERE if you feel so inclined..

[via Jezebel]


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.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Michigan GOP Refuses to Condemn Vile, Anti-Gay Comments Made By RNC Committeeman

Dave AgemaLast week, Michigan RNC Committeeman (and noted homophobe) Dave Agema came to the defense of 'traditional marriage' at a GOP holiday reception by saying that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits.

Disgusting comments right? Well the Michigan Republican Party doesn't seem to think so. ABC 13 reports that the state party held a meeting on Saturday in Lansing and chose to ignore a proposed measure that would have disavowed the party of "demagogic rhetoric that is incendiary and unbecoming of civil discourse." Although the measure didn't mention Agema by name, it was widely interpreted to be in reference to Agema's incendiary comments. But neither the measure, nor Agema's comments, was addressed publicly at the meeting.

Agema also made no mention of the controversy when he spoke at the meeting. He did, however, promote the party platform, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and urge party members to avoid "the quagmire of political correctness."

In a Facebook post, Equality Michigan managing director Emily Dievendorf denounced the party's decision to ignore Agema's comments:

Today was more than a missed opportunity, it was a slap in the face to all those who are harmed enough by an almost complete lack of basic rights in Michigan for LGBT people," she said. 


GOP Hires First National Youth Director in Effort to Reach Out to Millennial Voters

Elliott EcholsThe Republican Party took its first step in a new effort to reach out to more young voters last Thursday by naming Elliott Echols (pictured right) as the party's first national youth director, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:

"Today's announcement is groundbreaking," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured below). "Bringing Elliot on board in an off-year will help us build relationships with young voters and mobilize students and young professionals to take our message to their peers."

Yet Echols' work will resonate beyond the 2014 elections, Priebus said, noting that "young Americans are independent-minded people who are concerned about getting our nation's economy back on track." Echols, 23 of Rome, Ga, told the Tribune-Review he has goals for his new role.

Priebus"The biggest is to bring young, energized people to the GOP," he said. "There are a lot of young people who are eager to make a change, but they can't change anything if they're not a part of the process."

The RNC's new efforts have also extended to attracting minority voters. In recent weeks, the RNC has hired new heads for black media communications and rolled out an aggressive Hispanic outreach program in Pennsylvania, California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia.

Presumably, these efforts are in response to the party's report released back in March that analyzed data from its 2012 presidential election loss. The report, entitled "Growth and Opportunity Project," proposed ways that conservatives could attract young, gay, women, and minority voters, all blocs that sat firmly on Obama's side during election night last year.

The Daily Kos, however, remains skeptical of these so-called "groundbreaking" developments on the GOP's part:

Basically, Echols's job will be to convince young voters that Republicans aren't anti-gay, anti-immigrant, or anti-21st century, and then, once he accomplishes that, his job will be to convince those same voters that it's just a coincidence that GOP policies are perfectly consistent with a party that is anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and anti-21st century. Then, and only then, will his achievement be groundbreaking, because he'll have achieved the impossible. 

(picture via Twitter)


RNC Speaker Says Gay, Immigrant Issues Have Pushed Blacks to the Back of the Bus

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The Republican National Committee celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech this past Monday with a luncheon. One of the speakers was Center for Neighborhood Enterprises head Bob Woodson, who is unhappy that gay, immigrant, women, and environmental issues have moved to "the front of the bus" ahead of issues facing poor black Americans. According to Woodson, “You never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general,” which is desmonstrably untrue with a five-second Google News search.

Woodson also takes issue with those he calls "moral traitors," Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in particular for their fierce condemnation of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin, but tepid response to the murder of Chris Lane in Oklahoma.

We should pray for the families of these people just as we do the family of Trayvon Martin. We should not wait for a white face before we get outraged. Evil is evil, whether it wears a white face or not. I’m sorry to be the skunk at the garden party, but I think if Dr. King were alive today, he would step on some of these sacred issues.

Woodson received a standing ovation for his speech.


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