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."