Surprise! Texas GOP Candidates Don't Support Gay Rights -- or Do They?

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What's Greg Abbott really thinking under that handsome head of Republican hair?
Every week or so, managing editor Patrick Williams disappears into his office and reemerges a cranky, nicotine-addicted, third-person-referring superhero we like to call Buzz.

So The Associated Press last week reported the results of a survey it sent to the top Republican candidates for statewide office, including Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor, and a bunch of other white guys we can't tell apart, asking them for their stances on gay rights.

The survey turned up just tons of huge surprises. For example, did you know that before he decided to enter politics, gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken dreamed of becoming a professional jazz dancer? Or that state Representative Dan Branch, candidate for attorney general, has seen A Chorus Line 135 times?

We kid. What they really offered in response to the AP's six questions about gay rights were variations of "Oh, hell no." But you knew that.

The upshot is that, according to the heterosexual-as-far-as-we-know men likely to lead Texas, LGBT people don't need any legal protection against discrimination because they're never, ever discriminated against and if they do by some remote chance happen to face what could laughably be construed as discrimination, that's OK because it's what Jesus wants.

"Sadly, in a culture infected with political correctness, people of faith are targeted for defending their beliefs with no consideration of their First Amendment rights," responded Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election on the "Stop Throwing Christians to the Lions" platform. (It's been very successful over the years.)

Abbott said that as far as he knew, employers don't ask about sexual orientation, so every thing is jake for gay people. Unfortunately, as far as Abbott knows is not very far. The AP asked whether "homosexuality is a disorder that requires treatment." Abbott said he couldn't judge anyone's sexuality because he's not God -- just one of God's chosen mouthpieces. He referred the AP to the American Psychological Association, which (surprise!) endorses gay marriage, does not approve of "conversion" therapies and is very down on LGBT discrimination.

So either Abbott is a crypto-liberal on gay issues, or he needs to do a little more research. He should start with a study released by Rice University last spring called "The force of law: The effects of sexual orientation antidiscrimination legislation on interpersonal discrimination in employment," which found that gay and lesbian job seekers faced significantly less discrimination in areas that have anti-discrimination laws. It's available online from the American Psychological Association.


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susanwilliams407
susanwilliams407

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everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

  It's available online from the American Psychological Association.

No, it isn't.  It's available for PURCHASE online, which is entirely different.  If it was available, I would already know things about it like, how are the measuring "discrimination"?  Is it all self-reporting?  Did they measure discrimination in the other direction, like whether or not a gay bar would hire a bartender that wasn't FABULOUS?

stevextwo
stevextwo

They like their "Gays" as long as they perform like Arthur FInkelstein and Ken Mehlman.  How do  GOP employed gay men (The Help)  get anti-gay conservative Republicans to vote for their GOP clients/party members?  Brilliant!

roo_ster
roo_ster

"He referred the AP to the American Psychological Association..."

Obviously Abbott was referring to the APA's earlier Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders  which classified homosexuality a mental disorder until determined not to be in a totally scientific political putsch at the 1974 APA vote.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I'm betting he was at Zippers last night. Maybe after a burger at Hunky's followed by drinks at JR's and Sue Ellen's.

observist
observist topcommenter

They support gay rights, but only for straight people.

Dub919
Dub919

""Sadly, in a culture infected with political correctness, people of faith are targeted for defending their beliefs with no consideration of their First Amendment rights," responded Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election on the "Stop Throwing Christians to the Lions" platform."


Ahhh, yes...members of the majority religion and their persecution complex.  Gotta love it.

BettyC1
BettyC1

@Sotiredofitall  George H-W and wife have always been the best,I have known them 30 years and they were the same back then.Fair and honest.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@roo_ster 

yeah, why in the world would the APA ever change from those good old days when the deviant homos were seen for just what they are, total mental disorder cases?

likewise, we should go back to using lobotomies for depression, and electric shock treatments for bipolar...err why did they ever change the name? manic depressives! those softies today just want to prescribe meds, like that will do any good!

and what's with not making all those left handed people switch to the normal right hand? we should do just like they did in the good old days and force these lefties to do what is right by golly!

after all it has been a "political putsch" changing these tried and true, good old ways....

[/end sarcasm]

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

@Dub919 The Dew should really run with this theory. It's worked so well for Craig James.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@mavdog EST actually does work on many severely depressed folk.  Saw it in action.  Freaky as heck, but the results were there to see.  Not sure bout its use on bipolar/MD/whatever they call it nowadays.

And it was political activism, not empirical data that influenced the 1974 vote.  Read up on it some time.  Makes for a good read and shows how science can be corrupted by political influence.

fir3walker
fir3walker

@mavdog I think you're missing the point... perhaps on purpose... which is, why should anybody pay any attention to an organization such as the APA which has a history of changing its "Diagnosis" according to the popular opinion of the times?    As your post points out, they've revised their "scientific opinion" so many times before... what makes them correct now? 

roo_ster
roo_ster

More seriously, yes part of the point is the APA's lack of scientific rigor.  And the lack of scientific rigor of psychology in general. 

fir3walker
fir3walker

@Guest @fir3walker @mavdog Really?  I'm guessing "bloodletting" was abandon more because of common sense than "Scientific Opinion".  I'm betting that eventually enough physicians didn't wait for the new "Scientific Opinion" to hit their doorstep before declaring "bloodletting" purely idiotic.

fir3walker
fir3walker

@mavdog @fir3walker I'm sorry, but could you show me where in my post I said, "ON THIS SUBJECT"... or is that a qualifier you threw in to sound even more like a hysterical old queen?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@fir3walker 

oh yes, the APA has "revised their "scientific opinion" so many times" on this subject...like zero times over the almost 4 previous decades!

seriously, did you pause for a minute to think about what you post? clearly failure on this one.

Guest
Guest

@fir3walker @mavdog Scientific opinion changes with new information. It's why we don't use bloodletting to cure fever anymore.

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