Who was it that said the Tea Party doesn't care about social issues such LGBT equality? Whoever it was got it so wrong.
Witness Republican senate candidate Sharon Angle's recent comments about marriage:
I confess that we are a nation who has killed our children. I confess that we are a nation who has walked away from the family and allowed divorce even among our ranks. We have walked away from the biblical definition of marriage; one man, one woman, the two become one flesh.
Republican senate candidate Joe Miller told Rachel Maddow that he would vote for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
Tea Party leaders have condoned violence against gays, NY gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said he didn't want children to be "brainwashed" into thinking being gay is acceptable, and Colorado senate candidate Ken Buck compared being gay to alcoholism.
It should be no surprise that any group that came to visibility by trafficking in conspiracy theories of the first African-American president as a "secret Muslim" and using imagery of him altered to resemble monkeys and other racist stereotypes would be anti-gay.
And instances of Tea Party activists and candidates using barely veiled racial appeals to scare white people into thinking that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are storming the border to take jobs that rightfully belong to white people and to impregnate white women abound.
It should also be no surprise that if Tea Party candidates join with Republicans to take control of either the House or the Senate, the federal LGBT agenda is all but DOA.
As Phil Reese said in A Come to Jesus Moment:
Conservatism is celebrating a massive resurgence after four years of embarrassing defeat. The Champagne bottles are being ordered. The tea partiers are measuring their future offices in state capitols around the nation, as well as in Washington DC. Cakes are being baked. Bankers boxes are selling out of Staples stores near legislatures nationwide, and Ryder trucks are in high demand. There is a feeling of panic in the air.
So with four days until election day, let's move past the endless bickering about whether or not LGBT people should vote for the Democrats and do everything we can to maintain the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate and in state legislatures across the country.
The Republican Party leaders have vowed "no compromise" with the Democrats. They are on a kamikaze mission to destroy Obama's presidency no matter how much damage is done to the country in the process. And LGBT people and our legislative priorities will be viewed as collateral damage.
If the Democrats maintain control of Congress, we will still have to fight tooth and nail to repeal DADT, pass an inclusive ENDA, repeal DOMA, and pass safe schools and anti-bullying legislation.
But with Republicans in control of even one chamber our efforts to win equality will become even harder.