Montana GOP Policy: Make Homosexuality Illegal

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    Sep 18, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    For Republican supporters who dismiss concerns over anti-gay GOP extremism as being based on gay falsehoods, and overridden by other non-gay political & economic concerns, this article should make interesting reading. Some quotes:

    The party adopted an official platform in June [2010] that keeps a long-held position in support of making homosexual acts illegal, a policy adopted after the Montana Supreme Court struck down such laws in 1997." Please note that means ILLEGAL to engage in homosexual ACTS, not merely denying gay marriage or other civil rights. Actual criminalization of behaving gay.

    "We [the Montana GOP] support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal."

    Montana Human Rights Network organizer Kim Abbott said the GOP platform statement does not represent the attitudes of most Montanans, and it shows that the party is out of touch with the prevalent view of the people they are supposed to represent.

    "It speaks volumes to the lesbian and gay community how they are perceived by the Republican Party," Abbott said. "It would be nice if Republicans that understand that gay people are human beings would stand up and say they don't agree with that. But I don't know how likely that is."


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    Sep 18, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    As the polls have changed and more and more Americans support gay rights, Republicans are now in a tough spot.
    If they become more tolerant of gays in reponse to the changing polls they're going to offend the gay-hating base of the Republican party and erode their base of support.

    It will be interesting to see if the Repubs keep the anti-gay marriage language in their official party platform when they redraft their platform during the 2012 convention.
    Every 4 years at the party convention they redraft their platform.
    Will they keep the anti-gay provisions in their party platform to please the gay-hating base of the Republican party?
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    Sep 18, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidEvery 4 years at the party convention they redraft their platform.
    Will they keep the anti-gay provisions in their party platform to please the gay-hating base of the Republican party?

    Yes, because all the current Republican Presidential front-runners support such anti-gay provisions. And the 2 parties always try to accommodate their national party platform to the views of the current Presidential candidate.

    Furthermore, this is a cornerstone of the Karl Rove strategy, that worked especially well for George Bush in 2004, and appears to be a factor once again in 2010. If Rove remains a force in formulating Republican strategy then anti-gay Party policies will be heavily featured in 2012. And if potential candidates like Sarah Palin continue to have a voice in national Republican debate.
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    Sep 18, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    I think we should get a huge group of gays to move to Montana.
    It wouldn't take many to overthrow the votes.
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    Sep 18, 2010 8:07 PM GMT
    hmm....so where's the comments from the conservatives of RJ?

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    Sep 19, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    meninlove said hmm....so where's the comments from the conservatives of RJ?



    Ummm... Probably because the conservatives realize that no state will ever outlaw being gay and this is a non-issue.


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    Sep 19, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    mocktwinkie said
    southbeach1500 said
    meninlove said hmm....so where's the comments from the conservatives of RJ?



    Ummm... Probably because the conservatives realize that no state will ever outlaw being gay and this is a non-issue.


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    I disagree. I think having one of the major parties in your state have as policy that you should not be allowed to have sex is an issue.

    This is where the idea of being a gay conservative alludes me. These people do not want you in their party or on their team. Certainly, the Democrats have not been perfect, but they have been better on our issues than Republicans.