Michael Hamar

What's Wrong with Gay Republicans?

Filed By Michael Hamar | January 12, 2012 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: anti-gay politicians, gay Republicans, GOP presidential candidates, homophobic behavior, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, self-loathing

As noted many times on my personal blog and here on Bilerico, I once was a Republican. Pink ElephantBut the party I belonged to back then was a very different political party from what exists nowadays.

Yes, back then, the Christianists had begun to slowly infiltrate the party, yet they were still viewed as delusional by the majority and moderates held sway and religion had not been fully conflated into the party platform. Back then, facts, figures and rational analysis were actually respected and I was known for always backing up my opinions and positions with hard facts and objective data.

Indeed, I was awarded honors by both the local city committee by even received a plaque from then-Governor Jim Gilmore shortly before I resigned from the GOP. Admittedly, I wasn't out of the closet back in those days, but homophobia had not become one of the most important planks in the party platform either.

That's all changed nowadays and yet some gays - in what I can only view as a form of masochism and internalized self-loathing - continue to cling to saying they are Republicans. To me it's akin to someone of Jewish descent belonging to a neo-Nazi organization. I do not understand the mindset.

A very much on point column in the Huffington Post calls out to gay Republicans and basically asks them WTF is wrong with them. Here are some highlights:

Dear gay Republicans, ...Let's put economic and other issues aside for a moment; we can have a spirited debate about the backward GOP approach to taxes, the environment, and foreign policy another time. I don't understand how you can look beyond the fact that a major portion of your party's fundamental beliefs are that you are not equal.

This isn't a minor issue within your party. The Republican Party platform calls for amending the United States Constitution to discriminate against you. Party officials actually want to use our country's foundational document, which grants and extends rights and freedoms to people, to limit yours. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.

...Your party has thrown you in the deviant pile. Your party has labeled you a sexual predator. Your party is afraid of you and does not incorporate your voice or believe in your dignity.

This fact isn't a small debate within your party. It is not some misguided homophobes who are simply unaware of the LGBT community and all its accomplishments, struggles, and contributions, speaking out of turn and out of step with the platform. This is your party's platform...

...So when you vote for these guys and actively try to put them in power, you are hurting yourself, you are hurting me, you're hurting every loving LGBT family, and, most importantly, you're hurting America.

I could not pose the question and argument any better and I'd love to hear how gay Republicans honestly justify supporting a political party that hates them and seeks to keep them less than full citizens.

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