CuriousJockAZ saidDid you ever think that maybe, just maybe, it's a good thing that he's a Republican and possibly gay? No one says ANYBODY, and that includes politicians, absolutely MUST reveal their sexuality to the world. Granted, I know very little about this guy (though, damn, I'd like to know more - LOL) but unless he is taking anti-gay stances on all gay issues, and is also gay, then I'm okay with him remaining in the closet. We all know he won't be able to do that for long because God knows some self-righteous queen will be all to glad to out him and throw him to the wolves.
He's taking anti-gay stances with one of the worst records for voting on gay rights.
Substantively, the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy weakens the strained U.S. military by kicking people out with good service records. There is a more formal problem with DADT as well: the policy to discriminate, to kick people out of the military because of their sexual orientation, is a violation of the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 not only lends substantive benefit to the military and to lesbian and gay servicemembers, but also strengthens constitutional government.
Representative Schock voted AGAINST this progressive measure.
H.R. 310, passed by the House of Representatives on September 8, 2009, is regressive in many senses. Environmentally, it hands over a public lands to an organization that seeks to develop them for its own private uses. The bill assaults the separation of church and state by doing special favors for an organization that discriminates against non-religious Americans, refusing them employment and membership. The bill is also a blow against equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, because the organization discriminates in hiring and membership against them as well. Finally, the bill is an insult to Native Americans, giving over public lands so that they can be used in the mock rituals of an organization that encourages young boys to dress up in cartoonish versions of Native American costumes and pretend to be Indians.
The discriminatory organization this bill was designed to assist: The Boy Scouts of America, which seems to believe that it can attack the civic values of equality and respect for diversity, and still claim that any politician who dares protest is unpatriotic. Only seven members of the House of Representatives had the courage not to vote for this bill to coddle discrimination, and they only had the courage to vote "present".
Representative Schock voted YES to pass this regressive measure.
He voted against amending federal hate-crimes laws to include crimes where the victims were targeted on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 223: H R 1913 Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act". United States House of Representatives. April 29, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
He also voted against the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in December 2010. ^ "House Vote 638 - Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'". The New York Times. December 15, 2010.
Hypocrisy will catch up to him,