GOP Rep. Charlie Dent: 'Life is too short to...stand in the way' of gay adults who want to marry

  • metta

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    May 28, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    GOP REP. CHARLIE DENT: 'LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO...STAND IN THE WAY' OF GAY ADULTS WHO WANT TO MARRY

    "As a Republican, I value equality, personal freedom and a more limited role for government in our lives," Dent said in his statement. "I believe this philosophy should apply to the issue of marriage as well."

    http://www.towleroad.com/2014/05/gop-rep-charlie-dent-life-is-too-short-tostand-in-the-way-of-gay-adults-who-want-to-marry.html
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    May 28, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    Awesome!

    It also helps that he's pretty hot. icon_biggrin.gif
  • HottJoe

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    May 29, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    "Dent joins GOP Senators Rob Portman, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowski, and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Richard Hanna in voicing support for marriage equality."

    Yay, it's about time. Gay marriage is a logical platform for a party that supports personnel freedom and small government. They should mention separation of church and state, just to get a jump on the religious right and blindside them with their own rhetoric.

    It will be much better for the gay community once both parties support gay marriage. Then it will no longer be a divisive issue, and people against gay marriage will seem like a bigoted fringe group.

    At last, I'll be able to check the biggest thing I ever fought with republicans over off my list, ftw.icon_smile.gif
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    May 29, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    And he waited until after the Pennsylvania primary to say it. I'll bet he doesn't intend to run for another term after this, just watch.
  • KissTheSky

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    May 29, 2014 2:10 AM GMT
    Apparently he couldn't make this statement before the primary, because his bigoted Republican constituents would kick him out of office for daring to suggest that gay Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.
    But it's better to make the statement now than never... maybe more Republicans will join him. (although I won't hold my breath).
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    May 29, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    Same-sex marriage really should be a conservative issue, if folks were actually politically consistent.

    I think that in many ways, opposition in the Republican party to same-sex marriage, and to gay advancement of any kind, is alienating a lot of people (with lots of money), and I shudder to think of what will become of our environment and economy once the Republican leadership figures this out.

    I look around on this site, and in the Bay Area and see a lot of latent conservatism - people who don't feel that they need to help the poor or homeless (and child-free so less needful of services), wealthy people, people who believe that technological advances will solve environmental problems, people who think guns are great, people who eat lots of meat, people who think they pay a lot of taxes even when despite historic lows, general anti-government sentiment, big privacy advocates, people who are reluctant to invest in infrastructure, opponents of minimum- and living-wage initiatives...

    ...but much of this is held in check by the fact that these people are either gay or have close friends who are gay, and find the typical Republican line on it to be loathsome. In fact, judging from my facebook feed, same-sex marriage is a bigger issue to many (most?) of my straight friends than it is to me.

    It could be a very scary world indeed if the right wing embraces gay rights.
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    May 29, 2014 6:14 AM GMT
    owl_bundy saidisn't he gay though?

    I WISH!

    If he is, I'm flying to Pennsylvania and marrying him.
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    May 29, 2014 6:16 AM GMT
    BTW, Dent is pro-gay. He voted to repeal DADT and co-sponsored a bill that would provide safe spaces for gay middle school and high school students.
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    May 29, 2014 10:02 AM GMT
    Cool, we have another gay ally. icon_cool.gif
  • madsexy

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    May 29, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
    James_Thunder_Early saidAnd he waited until after the Pennsylvania primary to say it. I'll bet he doesn't intend to run for another term after this, just watch.

    KissTheSky saidApparently he couldn't make this statement before the primary, because his bigoted Republican constituents would kick him out of office for daring to suggest that gay Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.
    But it's better to make the statement now than never... maybe more Republicans will join him. (although I won't hold my breath).

    Check his voting record and then check your own cynicism. His actions speak far louder than his words. He's an ally, and he should be cloned (or turned into the Terminator to pulverize all the government and public haters).
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    May 29, 2014 2:51 PM GMT
    metta8 saidGOP REP. CHARLIE DENT: 'LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO...STAND IN THE WAY' OF GAY ADULTS WHO WANT TO MARRY
    And it will be even shorter if they don't get out of the way, cause we'll run them the fuck over. icon_twisted.gif
  • madsexy

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    May 29, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    metta8 saidGOP REP. CHARLIE DENT: 'LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO...STAND IN THE WAY' OF GAY ADULTS WHO WANT TO MARRY
    And it will be even shorter if they don't get out of the way, cause we'll run them the fuck over. icon_twisted.gif

    Amen brother.
  • Muscles25

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    May 30, 2014 12:27 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidApparently he couldn't make this statement before the primary, because his bigoted Republican constituents would kick him out of office for daring to suggest that gay Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.
    But it's better to make the statement now than never... maybe more Republicans will join him. (although I won't hold my breath).


    Barack Obama was against gay marriage in 2008 while running so it wouldn't cost him votes.

    Bill Clinton enthusiastically pushed DOMA when it benefitted him politically and didnt renounce it until after he was long out of office.

    There's hypocrisy everywhere.
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    May 30, 2014 12:57 PM GMT
    Muscles25 said
    KissTheSky saidApparently he couldn't make this statement before the primary, because his bigoted Republican constituents would kick him out of office for daring to suggest that gay Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.
    But it's better to make the statement now than never... maybe more Republicans will join him. (although I won't hold my breath).


    Barack Obama was against gay marriage in 2008 while running so it wouldn't cost him votes.

    Bill Clinton enthusiastically pushed DOMA when it benefitted him politically and didnt renounce it until after he was long out of office.

    There's hypocrisy everywhere.

    Yeah, and Benghazi!!!! and....um....Monica Lewinsky!....and....er....stuff!
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    May 30, 2014 1:40 PM GMT
    madsexy said
    James_Thunder_Early saidAnd he waited until after the Pennsylvania primary to say it. I'll bet he doesn't intend to run for another term after this, just watch.

    KissTheSky saidApparently he couldn't make this statement before the primary, because his bigoted Republican constituents would kick him out of office for daring to suggest that gay Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.
    But it's better to make the statement now than never... maybe more Republicans will join him. (although I won't hold my breath).

    Check his voting record and then check your own cynicism. His actions speak far louder than his words. He's an ally, and he should be cloned (or turned into the Terminator to pulverize all the government and public haters).


    His record is fine, but I don't think it was a coincidence that he waited until after the primary. And he still votes for Boehner as Speaker, and Boehner is quite conservative, as are the people he puts in charge of committees.
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    May 30, 2014 4:03 PM GMT
    CFL_Oakland saidSame-sex marriage really should be a conservative issue, if folks were actually politically consistent.

    I think that in many ways, opposition in the Republican party to same-sex marriage, and to gay advancement of any kind, is alienating a lot of people (with lots of money), and I shudder to think of what will become of our environment and economy once the Republican leadership figures this out.

    I look around on this site, and in the Bay Area and see a lot of latent conservatism - people who don't feel that they need to help the poor or homeless (and child-free so less needful of services), wealthy people, people who believe that technological advances will solve environmental problems, people who think guns are great, people who eat lots of meat, people who think they pay a lot of taxes even when despite historic lows, general anti-government sentiment, big privacy advocates, people who are reluctant to invest in infrastructure, opponents of minimum- and living-wage initiatives...

    ...but much of this is held in check by the fact that these people are either gay or have close friends who are gay, and find the typical Republican line on it to be loathsome. In fact, judging from my facebook feed, same-sex marriage is a bigger issue to many (most?) of my straight friends than it is to me.

    It could be a very scary world indeed if the right wing embraces gay rights.


    So, damned if they do and damned if they don't? And, your hodgepodge of left-wing bogeymen is hardly shared by all gays, whether on this site or elsewhere. We're a rainbow, remember?
  • Muscles25

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    May 30, 2014 5:44 PM GMT
    I think a lot of gays like rainbows who all think alike!
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    May 30, 2014 7:04 PM GMT
    One by one, they seem to be falling. One reason is they are losing the young voters, and their party will be extinct, (could only hope), if they do not start becoming more inclusive.

    Hopefully they get nailed in 2016 with the immigration vote.
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    May 31, 2014 2:08 PM GMT
    Rep. Dent is a good middle of the road GOP congressman in the like of the Northeastern moderate. He represents the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania which includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.
  • johnnyqhomo7

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    Jun 01, 2014 3:37 AM GMT
    WOW. That is amazing, that takes a lot of guts for a republican to be so boldly on the side of our righteous cause. The Tea party ultra-religious, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-black, anti-American faction of the republican party has become dominant. There used to be moderate republicans you could at least sit down with at the table, but these Tea-party right wingers, "Teabaggers" are an insane minority who is bent on taking power from the people and putting it into the hands of "the good old boy's network". I as an African American male who loves my nation sees this as very troubling. Our nation is at a crossroads when it comes to technology, religion, the nature of the state in our lives and how we as Americans view the constitution. "All men are created equal.". This is why I shudder at the arguments RACISTS make, they are entirely based on conjecture and speculation and no hardcore fact behind it, just opinion based on a limited experience with an entire group of people. Anyhow. I might be going to the big gay parade in NYC on the 29th, I so hope to find the white man of my dreams there. Im a romantic. I just hope there are white men out there who are as crazy about black guys as I am about white dudes! icon_smile.gif Peace everyone. -JohnnyQHomo7
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    Jun 14, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    Muscles25 said
    KissTheSky saidApparently he couldn't make this statement before the primary, because his bigoted Republican constituents would kick him out of office for daring to suggest that gay Americans deserve equal treatment under the law.
    But it's better to make the statement now than never... maybe more Republicans will join him. (although I won't hold my breath).


    Barack Obama was against gay marriage in 2008 while running so it wouldn't cost him votes.

    Bill Clinton enthusiastically pushed DOMA when it benefitted him politically and didnt renounce it until after he was long out of office.

    There's hypocrisy everywhere.
    +1000