Dallas: Gay Republicans

  • redheaded_dud...

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    Mar 13, 2008 2:51 AM GMT


    Members of Dallas' Log Cabin Republicans chapter weren't kidding when they vowed to fight language in the Texas Republican Party Platform they consider homophobic.

    Turns out that in the Dallas area, at least, members of the pro-gay organization succeeded at March 4 GOP precinct conventions in passing nine resolutions against the 31-page platform's language on homosexuality, which in part 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."

    Resolutions against the language presented at two other area voting precincts failed.

    On balance, Rob Schlein, president of the Dallas Log Cabin Republicans, is thrilled with the result. At his Far North Dallas voting precinct, 1800, he says the resolution he introduced against the platform's stance on homosexuality passed 18-2.

    The nine precinct resolutions now advance to their respective Texas' state Senate district conventions on March 29 -- the last stops before the Texas GOP's state convention.

    "While I was making my case, it was great to see people's opinions transform right in front of me," Mr. Schlein said. "It was a great night for us."

    Oh, not so fast, says Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum, an organization dedicated to creating "a better educated, safer, stronger America based on traditional values."

    Ms. Adams just so happens to live in the same voting precinct as Mr. Schlein and also attended the Precinct 1800 convention. She cast one of those two "no" votes against Mr. Schlein's resolution against the Texas platform's language on homosexuality.

    And while Ms. Adams says she's disappointed in the results at her one precinct convention, the vote there, she argues, is hardly indicative of a broader trend within the state Republican party.

    "I very much regret that the Log Cabin Republicans do not accept the beliefs of the grassroots of the party. To be a minority and try to change the will of the majority -- I wish they would not try to come in and do that," Ms. Adams said.

    Bottom line, says Ms. Adams, is that while Mr. Schlein won one battle in one precinct in one Texas city, "I doubt it will ever pass at the Senate district level, and certainly won't pass at the state level."

    Mr. Schlein, however, remains undaunted.

    "I know what we're up against. I've got to convince a lot of people that it's more important to our party to remove the language than keep it," he said. "If we can keep the pressure on, we can make history."
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:01 AM GMT
    Ugh, people...GAYS...get out of the Republican Party already. Sheesh, are ya hoping the bible-thumping knuckle-draggers get drunk one night and have their way with you? It ain't gonna happen!

    Grover Norquist wants to make government so small you can drown it in a bathtub.

    Can't we make the pig-brained Republican Party so small you can drown it in an election?
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:02 AM GMT
    Anyway, RHD, thanks for the article!
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:05 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidUgh, people...GAYS...get out of the Republican Party already. Sheesh, are ya hoping the bible-thumping knuckle-draggers get drunk one night and have their way with you? It ain't gonna happen!



    ROFL! Simply priceless. Thank you.icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:18 AM GMT
    Er, okay, maybe some of the boys in their Red, White and Blue pinstripe suits and Family Values buttons are hot, and you know, away from their wives for the convention, and talk about rising oil prices gives them a visible erection through their Dockers...I could see the attrac...oh, who am I kidding. Get out of the !@#$%*ing Republican Party!
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    Mar 13, 2008 7:22 AM GMT
    Oh, and you're welcome, RBY!
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    Mar 13, 2008 8:51 AM GMT
    I'm moving down to Dallas here in a few months for school... is it really that head-f*cked down there?
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    Mar 13, 2008 11:46 AM GMT
    Well while I've always considered the Log Cabin folks to be a little odd, I think its great that efforts have been made. I was pleased to hear this and for your sharing the article.
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    Mar 13, 2008 12:24 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidWell while I've always considered the Log Cabin folks to be a little odd, I think its great that efforts have been made. I was pleased to hear this and for your sharing the article.


    Thanks, HndsmKansan. I thought there might have been a couple other comments, like yours, that were positive about the efforts of the LCR, but oh well. My point in posting the article was to show that many of our straight neighbors who identify as republicans are, in fact, fair minded individuals--not mindless automatrons. They may actually stand up for us gays, but it might just take a little prompting.


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    Mar 13, 2008 12:52 PM GMT
    Republicans.... tsch
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    Mar 13, 2008 10:48 PM GMT
    Hey Red,
    Just wanted to say that I applaud any efforts to move the Republican party beyond old-time social conservatism. Here in the northeast, both parties are pretty gay friendly (the dems more so, but it comes with a lot of strings...)
    But guess what? Gays can choose their candidates based on OTHER issues instead of, "which party thinks I'm ok and which party thinks I should be dead?" That's a great thing for gay voters and for the country -- we should have more of that.
    Therefore, congratulations to the Dallas log cabins and I hope the gay population of Dallas will acknowledge their efforts.
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    Mar 13, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    Agree with the above ^ icon_razz.gif

    Hopefully conservatives can come to terms that being a republican doesn't require being a biblical literalist as well. I bet the democrats are quaking in their boots, if the republican party can promote its ideals without the religious baggage I'd bet we'd see a major shift in political affiliation around the country. Heck we might even see a reduction in federal powers one day. What a scary thought for Hillary icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 14, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    Best of luck to the gay republicans, they will need it. Reminds me of the novel "Don Quixote". Talking about tilting at windmills, yikes!

    Canadian conservatives have a fundamentalist religious wing of the party, but it seems to be getting weaker. Maybe the same will happen in the USA eventually.

    Now if the USA could also have a true left-wing party then the voters would have a real choice (I don't consider the Democrats left-wing). Not that I am a socialist or anything (I am a socially liberal, fiscally conservative, small-government liberal), but they do have good ideas from time to time.
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    Mar 15, 2008 1:51 AM GMT

    I'm always amazed when I see a Gay Republican. I personally do not vote my checkbook is all I can say to those out there who are Gay republians because I cannot think of any other reason why any Gay man or woman would involve themselves with that party.
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    Mar 15, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    Republicanism is a false belief system. Most of them are fat, mentally ill, and pictureless. And besides that, they continually beg me for sex and then lash out when I turn them down.

    Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...........

    The power of Christ compels thee!
    The power of Christ compels thee!
    The power of Christ compels thee!

    ......
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    Mar 15, 2008 4:44 PM GMT
    jprichva saidRepublicanism is a false belief system. Most of them are fat, mentally ill, and pictureless. And besides that, they continually beg me for sex and then lash out when I turn them down.

    Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...........

    The power of Christ compels thee!
    The power of Christ compels thee!
    The power of Christ compels thee!

    ......


    JP, you are WRONG. But in such a good way.

    Headed down to Dallas in a couple of days to see a friend and his kid. I'll keep my eyes peeled for this monster of which you speak, the Gayrepublican. Will I be safe as long as I stay out of the restroom at DFW airport?
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    Mar 15, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    Just an observation, in my 24 years of military service I noticed that the Democrats did everything they could to lose to the Soviet Union. Today they openly support Cuba and Hugo Chavez. Today, the Democrats do everything they can to provide Al Qaeda with all the privacy they need to kill more American citizens and try their best to undermine any actions taken against Al Qaeda. Democrats are damned traitors.
    Being Gay doesn't mean giving up one's patriotism.
    I'll stay Republican. If I offended anyone, tough shit!


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    Mar 15, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    John43620 saidJust an observation, in my 24 years of military service I noticed that the Democrats did everything they could to lose to the Soviet Union. Today they openly support Cuba and Hugo Chavez. Today, the Democrats do everything they can to provide Al Qaeda with all the privacy they need to kill more American citizens and try their best to undermine any actions taken against Al Qaeda. Democrats are damned traitors.
    Being Gay doesn't mean giving up one's patriotism.
    I'll stay Republican. If I offended anyone, tough shit!


    Oh, what a tough guy! What a maverick! You don't care if you offended anyone. Lord, how we're all supposed to admire you.

    I imagine the orderlies in your mental ward salute you when they come to give you your meds, too.