Bil Browning

On being a gay Republican blogger

Filed By Bil Browning | September 02, 2008 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

Life must be hell right now for gay Republican bloggers. After all, you're stuck defending a presidential candidate who doesn't thinks gays and lesbians should be able to adopt and a vice presidential pick who thinks even state employee domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian couples should be decided by a referendum.

Still those are only the two top candidates for the GOP, right? The Party itself must welcome them with open arms what with all the attacks on Barack Obama and Joe Biden. (Is the LGBT caucus being held in the airport restroom?) Maybe not so much according to the platform they adopted yesterday:

Personnel policies

The all-volunteer force has been a success. We oppose reinstituting the draft, whether directly or through compulsory national service. We support the advancement of women in the military and their exemption from ground combat units. Military priorities and mission must determine personnel policies. Esprit and cohesion are necessary for military effectiveness and success on the battlefield. To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America's Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.

More after the jump.

Preserving Traditional Marriage

Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it. In the absence of a national amendment, we support the right of the people of the various states to affirm traditional marriage through state initiatives.

Republicans recognize the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. Children in homes without fathers are more likely to commit a crime, drop out of school, become violent, become teen parents, use illegal drugs, become mired in poverty, or have emotional or behavioral problems. We support the courageous efforts of single-parent families to provide a stable home for their children. Children are our nation's most precious resource. We also salute and support the efforts of foster and adoptive families.

Republicans have been at the forefront of protecting traditional marriage laws, both in the states and in Congress. A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex "marriages" licensed in other states. Unbelievably, the Democratic Party has now pledged to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which would subject every state to the redefinition of marriage by a judge without ever allowing the people to vote on the matter. We also urge Congress to use its Article III, Section 2 power to prevent activist federal judges from imposing upon the rest of the nation the judicial activism in Massachusetts and California. We also encourage states to review their marriage and divorce laws in order to strengthen marriage.

As the family is our basic unit of society, we oppose initiatives to erode parental rights.

My God, if I'd started a blog dedicated to exposing right wing nut jobs who oppose gays and lesbians but sank to supporting these two anti-gay Republican candidates for the most important jobs in the Union... head would explode over the sheer hypocrisy of it all.

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It's sad to see local GOP gay blogger Gary Welsh knuckleunder totally and kowtow to the Eric Miller/Jim Bopp wing of the GOP.

Gary is simply deleriously happy with the choice of Sarah Palin! She's obviously the pick of the Dobsons and others of that ilk. You'd think that Gary would be sad about McCain picking such a rightwinger in such a hurry but he's firmly in bed now with the religious whackjobs of the Hoosier GOP.

I wonder what his 30 pieces of silver were?

Referring to any gay anti-obama conspiracy theorist in particular, Bil?