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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Republicans also give the gays a shout-out

As the Republican National Convention rolls on, and we hear the speeches (or at least the news of the speeches), endorsements (the Log Cabin--gay--Republicans endorsed McCain a couple days ago) and calls to action, I thought it would be useful for us to keep in mind the following excerpts from the recently released Republican National Convention Platform. Excerpts were highlighted on Pam's House Blend.

The most anti-gay segment of the platform is in its framing of military policy and reads as follows:
Personnel Policies
The all-volunteer force has been a success. We oppose reinstituting the draft, whether directly or through compulsory national service. We support the advancement of women in the military and their exemption from ground combat units. Military priorities and mission must determine personnel policies. Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America's Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.
and marriages:
Preserving Traditional Marriage
Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.

Republicans recognize the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. Children in homes without fathers are more likely to commit a crime, drop out of school, become violent, become teen parents, use illegal drugs, become mired in poverty, or have emotional or behavioral problems. We support the courageous efforts of single-parent families to provide a stable home for their children. Children are our nation's most precious resource. We also salute and support the efforts of foster and adoptive families.

Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex "marriages" licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage. As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights.
the GOP also defends the right of organizations to discriminate:
We support the First Amendment right of freedom of association of the Boy Scouts of America and other service organizations whose values are under assault, and we call upon the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reverse its policy of blacklisting religious groups which decline to arrange adoptions by same-sex couples
all of this in spite of a preamble to the Platform that claims:
We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government's interference in people's lives.
and LGBTQ's and Queers are blatantly left out from their section on Equality for All:
Individual rights - and the responsibilities that go with them - are the foundation of a free society. From the time of Lincoln, equality of individuals has been a cornerstone of the Republican Party. Our commitment to equal opportunity extends from landmark school-choice legislation for the students of Washington D.C. to historic appointments at the highest levels of government. We consider discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability, or national origin to be immoral, and we will strongly enforce anti-discrimination statutes. We ask all to join us in rejecting the forces of hatred and bigotry and in denouncing all who practice or promote racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, or religious Individual rights - and the responsibilities that go with them - are the foundation of a free society. From the time of Lincoln, equality of individuals has been a cornerstone of the Republican Party.

<span style="font-style:italic;"><span style="font-style:italic;">Youtube of Log Cabin president endorsing McCain on CNN embedded on the blog site.</span></span>

For the full PDF of the Republican Platform, click here. For information on the Log Cabin Republicans, click here.


  1. Great post and great information.

    The wonderful thing about this is that it's spin-free. It simply says what they say about themselves.


  2. Here's some relevant information- on Sep. 9, at 3305 Linda Vista, there will be a "Protect Traditional Marriage" Town Hall meeting. It will be 7 or 7:15 pm.

    It's a known fact that pro-Prop.8 volunteers will be going door-to-door in American Canyon.