I’m not a big fan of Democrats right now. In fact, I’m so upset with their negotiations to be bi-partisan, I actually considered not voting for a single democrat this November and instead voting for an independent or abstaining my vote altogether. Many LGBT people have made calls for a boycott of the democrats – no money and no votes. But I live in Texas and that changes things for me.
The Texas GOP has released their “2010 State Republican Party Platform” and its filled with hate and bigotry. One blogger even likened the platform to being very similar to that of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill – and they are absolutely right!
The anti-gayness of the Republican platform began with their principles. Principle #6 begins, :
We believe in… Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.
That principle concurs with roughly 76% of Texas voters (which was the percentage that voted to support an amendment to the Texas Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, or anything even similar to it).
But it gets far more frightening. Under the bold, uppercase heading, “Strengthening Families, Protecting Life and Promoting Health” the Texas GOP outlines why I should be legislated back into the closet and how they intend to do it:
Family and Defense of Marriage – We support the definition of marriage as a God–ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. *** We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse.
You’ll note that the Texas GOP is asking that marriage rights in other states be revoked as well.
Family Values – We affirm that this section is a response to the attacks on traditional family values. These include well funded, vigorous political and judicial attempts by powerful organizations and branches of the government to force acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior upon school children, parents, educational institutions, businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities. These aggressive, intolerant efforts marginalize as bigots anyone who dissents.
You’ll notice that the shoe fits. They are attempting to legislate me. They are attempting to deny me fundamental rights they enjoy based upon, as evidenced by this proposal, their belief in an intolerant and uncaring “God.” Here’s the definition of bigot to make it clear that they are what they claim not to be: “One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.”
Thus, I am a bigot too because I’m intolerant of the belief that I am inferior as a human to the Texas GOP. I accept and embrace that fact. The only difference between my bigotry and theirs is that I don’t tell them who they should marry.
But wait, it gets worse and here’s where we start sounding very Ugandan:
Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.
That’s right. If you are a heterosexual clergy member who decides to perform a marriage ceremony for a same-sex person, you go to prison. You don’t have to have gay sex anymore to go to prison in Texas (as you did in the past), now you can go just for supporting a life commitment between two people of the same-sex.
The Texas GOP then goes on to ignorantly declare that homosexuality:
- tears at the fabric of society,
- contributes to the breakdown of the family unit,
- leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases, and
- is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.
But wait, it gets worse… still:
Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
They then “demand” that Congress withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy – in other words, because the federal courts said people can’t go to prison for oral sex, Texas Republicans are pissed. They want people who have oral sex to go to prison. They are, again bigots, like me. Only, I don’t want them to go to prison for having vaginal to penis sex. I couldn’t care less about their missionary position.
I am a Texan, for those that do not know. I live and work in Texas and have lived in Texas the bulk of my life. It’s always been “home” to me in spite of the conservative nature of Texas politics. It has, however, become clear that Texas may soon begin to invade my home, arrest people like me, my friends and my loved ones. From the tone set by the GOP, they may decide it’s OK to open fire on homosexuals in the street. There is no stopping this level of hatred. They aren’t trying to stop us from marrying, they are trying to make us extinct.
So what should I do now? Find a friend in another country and find out that country’s laws regarding political asylum and make arrangements with that friend for when we are forced to flee from the land of the free and the home of the brave?
There is one principle of the Texas GOP that I support:
Americans having the right to be safe in their homes, on their streets, and in their communities, and the unalienable right to defend themselves.
This is my home – and I will use my “unalienable right” to defend it.