Oregon GOP removes anti-gay language from party platform

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    Sep 16, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    Hopefully this will start a trend, although it seems that the GOP is a minor player in Oregon.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/09/oregon_gop_removes_anti-gay_la.html

    "Oregon Republicans have stripped anti-gay language from their 2012 party platform, a shift toward the political center in a state where the GOP has struggled mightily in recent years.

    Wording that essentially condemned same-sex marriage and civil unions, and that stated such couples were unfit to be parents, was removed from the official party platform during a weekend convention in Bend.

    "We want the public to take another look at the Republican Party and our policies," said Greg Leo, spokesman for the state party. "It's fair to say we're more centrist."

    The once-dominant party has faded in Oregon. Democrats hold every statewide office and no Republican has been elected governor since 1987. The one bright spot is the Oregon House, where Republicans managed a 30-30 split with Democrats last election."
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    Sep 16, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    Well done and good for them!
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    Sep 16, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    meninlove said Well done and good for them!
    Agreed. Maybe they're learning something about themselves.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
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    meninlove said Well done and good for them!
    Agreed. Maybe they're learning something about themselves.


    I am more optimistic than anyone else on issues such as this. Unfortunately, reality has, time and time again, proven me wrong.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
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    meninlove said Well done and good for them!
    Agreed. Maybe they're learning something about themselves.


    What I suspect is that the business community is realizing that gay bashing is a serious distraction from the real GOP agenda of the economy and being business friendly. If the business community tells the party leaders to shape up... it will get done. The Churches control the voters, but the corporations control the money.

    I dont agree with the GOP on their stand on the economy, but corporations do not a give a crap about LGBT issues. During Charlotte's Gay Pride, the most awesome thing was seeing the Duke Energy Tower all lit up with rainbow colors. Wells Fargo was a HUGE support for the festival with almost 25,000 people. Now, the NC legislature is trying to put an anti-LGBT amendment on the constitution and the leading opponents are the business community. One heterosexual guy said, "If we want Bank of America to leave and go to New York, and take 25,000 jobs with them, let's pass this amendment."

    I hope that the GOP in other states will wake up and realize that true conservatism would support gay rights.

    BTW, I am a democrat, but as a guy who works in politics the political parties dont mean much to me. They are both right on some issues, wrong on some issues and the pundits dont really call the shots. Our nation is always most stable when the parties share power and have to seek middle ground.
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    "One heterosexual guy said, "If we want Bank of America to leave and go to New York, and take 25,000 jobs with them, let's pass this amendment."

    Years ago, up here, a study was done by a very large and successful (still is today) corporation that determined that gay people were 'vital' consumers of their products and services. Interesting, eh?
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
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    TropicalMark said
    meninlove said Well done and good for them!
    Agreed. Maybe they're learning something about themselves.


    What I suspect is that the business community is realizing that gay bashing is a serious distraction from the real GOP agenda of the economy and being business friendly. If the business community tells the party leaders to shape up... it will get done. The Churches control the voters, but the corporations control the money.

    I dont agree with the GOP on their stand on the economy, but corporations do not a give a crap about LGBT issues. During Charlotte's Gay Pride, the most awesome thing was seeing the Duke Energy Tower all lit up with rainbow colors. Wells Fargo was a HUGE support for the festival with almost 25,000 people. Now, the NC legislature is trying to put an anti-LGBT amendment on the constitution and the leading opponents are the business community. One heterosexual guy said, "If we want Bank of America to leave and go to New York, and take 25,000 jobs with them, let's pass this amendment."

    I hope that the GOP in other states will wake up and realize that true conservatism would support gay rights.

    BTW, I am a democrat, but as a guy who works in politics the political parties dont mean much to me. They are both right on some issues, wrong on some issues and the pundits dont really call the shots. Our nation is always most stable when the parties share power and have to seek middle ground.


    Great post and especially

    "I hope that the GOP in other states will wake up and realize that true conservatism would support gay rights. "

    Seeking the middle ground can get real noisy at times, but I see no other equitable solution. If everyone goes away unhappy, then something got accomplished.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Thanks for a small item of good news in all the depressing material about the Republicans.
    Hopefully,it will start a trend among the other states.
    The influence of money and business is interesting as gay men,on average,have higher disposable incomes than straights and are among the most cutting edge consumers.
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    Sep 16, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    "One heterosexual guy said, "If we want Bank of America to leave and go to New York, and take 25,000 jobs with them, let's pass this amendment."

    Years ago, up here, a study was done by a very large and successful (still is today) corporation that determined that gay people were 'vital' consumers of their products and services. Interesting, eh?


    You got it. Would BMW exist were it not for the gay male? Would Subaru exist if it weren't for the lesbian?

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    Rofl at those ads!! icon_lol.gif

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    Sep 16, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
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    Rofl at those ads!! icon_lol.gif



    Plus there some really great subaru/lesbo ads.

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    Sep 16, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree saidWould Subaru exist if it weren't for the lesbian?
    Actually, the white male is the biggest purchaser of Subaru vehicles, particularly the Outback.


    Maybe, but it’s a Legacy what those chicks do in the Outback!
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle said
    TropicalMark said
    meninlove said Well done and good for them!
    Agreed. Maybe they're learning something about themselves.


    What I suspect is that the business community is realizing that gay bashing is a serious distraction from the real GOP agenda of the economy and being business friendly. If the business community tells the party leaders to shape up... it will get done. The Churches control the voters, but the corporations control the money.

    I dont agree with the GOP on their stand on the economy, but corporations do not a give a crap about LGBT issues. During Charlotte's Gay Pride, the most awesome thing was seeing the Duke Energy Tower all lit up with rainbow colors. Wells Fargo was a HUGE support for the festival with almost 25,000 people. Now, the NC legislature is trying to put an anti-LGBT amendment on the constitution and the leading opponents are the business community. One heterosexual guy said, "If we want Bank of America to leave and go to New York, and take 25,000 jobs with them, let's pass this amendment."

    I hope that the GOP in other states will wake up and realize that true conservatism would support gay rights.

    BTW, I am a democrat, but as a guy who works in politics the political parties dont mean much to me. They are both right on some issues, wrong on some issues and the pundits dont really call the shots. Our nation is always most stable when the parties share power and have to seek middle ground.
    Oh I am in total agreement with you! I share the same observations.
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
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    Trollileo said
    freedomisntfree saidWould Subaru exist if it weren't for the lesbian?
    Actually, the white male is the biggest purchaser of Subaru vehicles, particularly the Outback.


    Maybe, but it’s a Legacy what those chicks do in the Outback!
    ROTFLMAO!
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Now I wish the Dems would remove anti-success/anti-prosperity/anti-business language from their platforms...
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    Sep 16, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidNow I wish the Dems would remove anti-success/anti-prosperity/anti-business language from their platforms...
    Maybe you can remove yourself from the planet!
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    Sep 16, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    A true conservative embraces the philosophy: "live and let live."

    This means that allowing gay marriage for others has no impact on how you value your own heterosexual marriage.
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    Sep 16, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    westanimas saidA true conservative embraces the philosophy: "live and let live."

    This means that allowing gay marriage for others has no impact on how you value your own heterosexual marriage.
    exactly!
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    Sep 16, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    Or to say differently, not allowing gay marriage for others is to not let others live in liberty.
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    westanimas saidA true conservative embraces the philosophy: "live and let live."

    This means that allowing gay marriage for others has no impact on how you value your own heterosexual marriage.


    Yep! That pretty much describes the conservatives I hang with. So give me a rope!
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    Sep 16, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidNow I wish the Dems would remove anti-success/anti-prosperity/anti-business language from their platforms...


    IN THE PLATFORM of the Democratic Party??? Please give us your examples.

    This is so commonly repeated among Republican partisans that I suspect you actually believe it. But don't fall for this FOX strategy of 'Repeat a Lie' til everyone believes it.


    Common sense policies like support for Clean Air & Water, supported by Democrats(strongly) and many Republicans too, are considered by polluting industries as being ANTI BUSINESS. But destroying a local environment is also anti-business to the other businesses trying to operate in the area. Environmental protections do indeed restrict the oil, gas and chemical industries..........but without them, workers and industry executives alike wouldn't want to live here.