The [Texas Republican Party] platform, passed by the state GOP in 2006, states: “Homosexual behavior 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. 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.'."
The platform further states that gays should be disqualified from military service, sodomy should be criminalized and “no homosexual or any individual convicted of child abuse or molestation should have the right to custody or adoption of a minor child."
Says Mr. Schlein [president of the Dallas Log Cabin Republicans], "This just gives Democrats a reason to say to gays, 'Hey, these Republicans really hate you.'."
Well, yeah. That's because they do. They're not even being subtle about it.
The Log Cabin Republicans are trying to get the language changed, of course. Well, good luck with that. They'll need it:
Mike Walz, executive director of the Dallas County Republican Party, figures the Log Cabin Republican's odds of amending the platform are long.
"This is a party where there are a lot of [family] value voters and a lot of Christian conservatives. It would be extremely hard for anyone to try to change the platform of the Republican Party of Texas as it pertains to homosexuality," Mr. Walz said. "We certainly welcome different opinion. But there is a strong feeling this language reflects where the party is."
Indeed, interviews with several members of the Texas Republican Executive Committee indicate there's little interest among top party officials to change the party platform's language on homosexuality.
"I support the language as it's written. The vast majority of Republicans feel the same way," said Mandy TschoepeÖ, an executive committee member from Plano.
"It's a pretty set deal as far as Republicans in Texas are concerned," said Jane Burch, an executive committee member from Grand Prairie.
How many times do Republicans need to say "We hate fags" before the Log Cabin Republicans will take the hint that maybe, just maybe, they actually mean it?
"The platform language is a very old-fashioned, outmoded notion. It's purely mean-spirited," said Robert Rosenberg, a Dallas Log Cabin Republicans board member.
That pretty much sums up the Republican party, actually.
Via Ed Brayton.