Texas GOP Platform: Make Gay Marriage a Felony
The 2010 Texas Republican Party platform is in the news, as people notice that it’s an unvarnished far right document advocating atavistic policies across the board; creationism, climate change denial, historical revisionism aimed at erasing the separation of church and state, etc., ad nauseam.
But some of the worst vitriol in the platform, as usual, is aimed at gay people: TX GOP platform: Re-criminalize sodomy, make gay marriage a felony.
We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. 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.” 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.
The Texas GOP platform may be farther out than most, but not by much. I’ve seen dozens of GOP platform statements that advocate teaching creationism and criminalizing gay behavior. I think the Texas GOP might be the first to hit on the brilliant idea of making gay marriage a felony, though.
(Hat tip: Locker.)