Dallas Senator John Carona Declares Support for Gay Rights, Gets Pilloried By GOP

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If you were to put money on which Republican politician in Texas would publicly express support for gay rights, John Carona, the state senator from Dallas, would be a good bet. He's always been about as pragmatic as Texas Republican come. But it was still a surprise when, earlier this week, he told the Dallas Voice he supports several pro-LGBT initiatives.

He stopped short of endorsing gay marriage, but he told the paper that he would support bills to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, offer domestic partner benefits to state university employees, and allow same-sex adoptive parents to have both names on birth certificates.

"I think anything that advances, encourages monogamy is a good thing," he said. "And frankly how could you be against people who want to get their affairs in order and have a loving household"

Seems reasonable enough, but not in Texas' many circles of conservatism. The Texas Freedom Network has a roundup of some of the reaction. Yesterday the Liberty Institute-founded group Texas Values lambasted Carona for his support for the "top legislative agenda of the homosexual lobby."

"We also remain very concerned that such statements regarding marriage and the LGBT agenda would ever be uttered by Senator Carona or any other member of the Texas Legislature who is believed to support family values," the group said in a statement, adding that it's "very clear, these so-called "gay rights" measures are nothing more than a direct attack on marriage."

Dave Welch, head of the Texas Pastors Council, and Houston pastor Steve Riggle separately accused Carona of throwing support behing measure that amount to a violation of God's law. A San Antonio pastor Charles Flowers, said Carona would be faced with an "unpleasant reality."

"We will no longer be silent, intimidated or ignored when traditional marriage, the nuclear family and our moral standards are threatened," he wrote. "We love God and love His people too much to allow those threats to remain unchallenged."

None of that's a surprise. It's telling, though, that Republicans not so closely affiliated with the religious right have been quiet on Carona's remarks. Maybe they and Carona sense that the tide is shifting, that support for LGBT rights is slowly but surely reaching critical mass. Or maybe Carona just decided it was the right thing to do. Either way, it was a pretty ballsy move for a Texas Republican.


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disappointedmommy
disappointedmommy

If you google the investigative news report done on him by WFAA you will never vote for him again. And you will certainly stear clear of his Associa management agency. What a front.

dwt1367
dwt1367

What critical mass of support and shifting tide are you talking about? Gay marriage has lost every time its been on the ballot. And just as the GOP legislators in the north east paid a political price for voting for gay marriage,  any GOP legislator in TX will suffer the same fate!

UptownDallas2012
UptownDallas2012

Any type of discrimination is based on prejudice and is wrong. Using your reigion to justify it is repulsive.

BuyAPastorForPennies
BuyAPastorForPennies

One need only revise that statement from San Antonio pastor Charles Flowers, 

"We love God and love His people too much to allow those threats to remain unchallenged"

to read:

"We love a white conservative male God and love his white conservative Christian people too much to allow...blah-de-blah-blah."

 

We got news for you pathetic Republicans, otherwise doing business under the banner of 'white conservative bigots,' we don't give a shit what you 'allow.'

 

In fact, you are not in a position to 'allow anything' you freaking cowardly hatemongers.

halldecker
halldecker

John also gets points for warning Sen. Dan Patrick,  a Shiite Babtist far right wing radio host in Houston,   that if he pisses him off any more,  he'll tell the whole world the real story of why Patrick's wife left him.:

 

"Though I have heard rumors regarding your marital status and sexual preferences for quite a while now,  at no time have I told anybody that you are separated,  divorced or gay!"

EastDallasDad
EastDallasDad

John Corona has always struck me as a reasonable, intelligent man and these statements confirm that for me. I hope more Republicans will stand up for what is right and refuse to be intimidated by religious extremists.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Always fascinated by folks that claim their's is a religion of love but look for every opportunity to hate.

inevattable
inevattable

The head of the Texas Pastor's Council LIES through his teeth.  First of all, God does not have law, God has Grace.  Next, it is impossible to love God's people while hating homosexuals. 

sjames6621
sjames6621

Gods law - welcome to  people trying to turn america into a saudi land

 

eThinking of these pastors and  those mental casees re women =-Akin and Murdoch = there are no rapes in saudi land.  The judge decides a verdict based on his interpretation of the Koran - their gods laws.

 

Shows you how nuts the right wing repubs are.  Whats next - in saudi land, you get a hand  chopped off for stealing.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Carona has been a worthless squish for some time.  I recall talking with teh sack about illegal immigration and he was not willing to do anything about it.  I sure do hope he gets primaried next time around and I will continue my record of not voting for him this time around.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"We will no longer be silent, intimidated or ignored when traditional marriage, the nuclear family and our moral standards are threatened,"   This guy needs to check his Republican Lexicon; It should be spelled 'Nukular' family, just like Bush says it.

 

" accused Carona of throwing support behing measure that amount to a violation of God's law."  I think God commanded us to obey the laws of the land.  That would be the Constitution.  The constitution prohibits discrimination.  The Constitution also has mechanisms for change built into it.  The LGBT community will get their equality, history shows that, eventually, America seems to get around to doing the right thing.  In another look at the statement by the erstwhile Houston pastor, we don't live under God's law, not in the US, not in Texas.  We live under national and state law, and I'd like to keep it that way.  Sharia law is not the only example of religious intolerance codified as law.  Europe in the Dark Ages, Nazi Germany, Manifest Destiny are all examples of Man arrogantly asserting the Will of God over other people.  In each case unspeakable travesties occurred.   Please, Christians, keep God's law in your heart and love your brother; and follow the law of the land.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

He will have opposition in the next primary and will lose. He may make it to the run off, but will lose. He will have no shortage of opponents looking to enjoy the sinecure of a safe Republican district. I assume that is why Republican leaders have not bothered mentioning it. Since he seems to be a good vote counter, I can only guess he will likely retire before the next primary vote.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Kind of like the Nazis - "Arbiet Macht Frei" (Work brings you Freedom) posted over the gates to the concentration camp.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Texas "Freedom" Network - there's irony.

Michael.MacNaughton
Michael.MacNaughton

Senator Carona has always been courageous and ahead of his time.  I admire his ability to reach across the aisle to the Ds to create bi-partisan solutions to pressing problems.  Unfortunately, compromise is a dirty word among conservative republicans and the take-no-prisoner attitude of tea party members isn't exactly conducive to good governance.  We need more real men like Carona to help guide Texas through these troubled times.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

How would anything he supports threaten the loudmouthbreather conservatives' rose-colored version of marriage one bit?

 

So they're for employment discrimination?

 

Seriously, I'd love to see an eloquent, logical response to that, as much as I love mocking those dumbasses.

jesdynf
jesdynf

Being a Republican is a mistake he needs to stop making.

 

Being a Republican means being the kind of person who tries to give Romney and Akin and Mourdock power. You lend your name and influence to them -- you're willing to make common cause with them because they get you what you want.

 

So this a great first step, I guess, but if he doesn't actually follow it up with action then it's just words.

Lee-dallas
Lee-dallas

Makes me glad I voted for him. Finally.... a Republican that I can continue to support. I once was a Goldwater Republican, but they have about run me off.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Add me to the list of people who have voted for Carona and are happy he is my state senator. He has helped me in dealing with state government in the past, and is actually a reasonable person.

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

I'm proud to call John Carona my state senator. He wants to raise the gas tax, too.

Alan
Alan

In my 35 voting-age years, he's one of the few Republicans for whom I've voted. He likes to make sense and solve problems. That's all, and it's admirable.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

The only "direct attack on marriage" is divorce, which remains quite popular with the bible-beating crowd.

halldecker
halldecker

 Leave out "God",   tell me,   how are you harmed by two men or two women claiming they're married?   Don't throw out denigrating the institution,  tell me how you're harmed?

 

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @sjames6621 incidents of rape are lower in the Muslim world than here.  Don't smear other cultures with your overly general perceptions/imagination

BuyAPastorForPennies
BuyAPastorForPennies

 @roo_sterAwww, poor little roo_ster...all depressed because your representative wouldn't embrace your disgusting prejudices?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @RTGolden1 fag lover.    This gets him in line with the Episcopal church, and many in the Presbyterian, Methodist and Diocese of Christ.  "Gods Law"  why did Jesus fail to say anything worth recording on this subject?

observist
observist topcommenter

 @MikeWestEast Doesn't seem much safer than any other seat   Show any decency, tolerance or common sense and some angry bible-thumper is going to come after you, no matter what party you belong to.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @MikeWestEast not sure about that.  This issue has flipped to majority support.  You see how Mitt has moved hard Left after nailing down the nomination.  The race to get those few middle votes is fierce.  If the GOP pushes this too hard in the primary, it could turn Texas blue sooner than anyone predicted.  It's a blue/purple state now. 

sjames6621
sjames6621

 @CitzenKim And Gov perry's hunting grounds with the sign over the gate

 

NIxxERHEAD /RANCH

sjames6621
sjames6621

 @Michael.MacNaughton I wouldnt trust him at all.  He reminds me of the KAPOs - jewswho worked for the nazis in the camps for better treatment

 

Most were killed by the other inmartes as soon as the camps were liberatied.

red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand

 @Scruffygeist Your the dumbass. Celebrating the perversion of homosexuality is regressive, not progressive. As a native San Franciscan who graduated from the University of Dallas you are better off without this kind of Rockefeller Republicrat boob.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Chuck_Schick As I understand it, for less than a 10cent increase, we could have all the roads and highways we're building without a single toll road. 

sjames6621
sjames6621

 @Montemalone  the states with the lowest rate of divorce are MA and CT - the first and second states to legallize marriage equality.

 

Much of the south - not sure re TX, is at the bottom of the list re suppoting hetero marriage by NOT Divorcing

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @red.marcy.rand  @Scruffygeist So, are you Catholic?  Why do you let the church dictate your position where, where Jesus said nothing of homosexuality?  What's your stand on Palestinian rights, the death penalty, and our foreign policy?  The Catholic Church has positions that run counter to the GOP's stance, yet we seldom hear about Catholics voting Democrat, Green or Libertarian due to their Church's stance on these issues.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @red.marcy.rand Neither logical, nor eloquent, plus the improper use of "your." Next time just turn off the computer and read a book.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @scottindallas  @Chuck_Schick FOr a $0.00 increase, we could do the same if we devoted 100% of the state fuel tax to roads, not the less than 50% we do today.

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