TABC Commissioner and Texas Vice Chair of the Republican Party Defends Anti-Gay Platform
By now you’ve heard about the Texas GOP Platform and it’s anti-gay tirade. Perhaps you’ve even read through all 25 pages of the Platform and noted the harsh stance on immigration, the inclusion of God in society, the importance of protecting symbols over individual freedoms and other heinous “conservative” propaganda.
Now, the Texas Republican Party Vice Chair, Melinda Fredricks, has spoken out in defense of the Platform’s views that homosexual acts should be re-criminalized claiming that the radical homosexual agenda is to blame. Apparently, Ms. Fredrick believes that the push to repeal the discriminatory, unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act is reason enough to outlaw same-sex conduct.
In her statement published via the Montgomery County Courier, a local paper published by Ms. Fredricks’ husband, Ms. Fredricks stated (for herself and not on behalf of the party):
… a large portion of our base is Christian, and we believe that homosexuality is contrary to what God says is appropriate behavior. People feel threatened that their children have to be taught that it’s an equal lifestyle to heterosexuality. At the same time, you can’t say people are subhuman. (Homosexuals) still deserve the dignity entitled to them.
It should be noted that the Platform clearly supports putting the evangelical Christian version of “God” into legislation.
I almost feel sorry for Ms. Fredricks though. Apparently, her idea of dignity is to charge people who love each other with the crime of “Sodomy” – which under Texas law was defined as being exclusive to homosexual acts prior to being deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas. If that’s the most dignified she’s felt in her life, she is missing out.
Ms. Fredricks is not only anti-gay, but she also serves as one of three TABC Commissioners, the policy-making body the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and has done so since 2008 after being appointed by Rick Perry. As you may recall, in June, 2009, Ft. Worth Police and two Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents raided the Rainbow Lounge, a gay bar in the DFW area. During the raid, Chad Gibson was critically injured and spent days in the hospital… but don’t worry, the agent that *allegedly* injured him treated him with dignity before bashing his head.