Local LGBTQ GOP Group Happy With Changes to Platform, Still Has Long-Term Worries

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Jonathan McIntosh

An early draft of the 2014 Texas Republican Party platform obtained by the San Antonio Express-News would get rid of some of its most strident anti-LGBTQ language while maintaining staunch opposition to marriage equality and any state or federal benefits for same-sex couples.

The draft also includes an endorsement of the legitimacy and availability of so called "reparative" therapy, a practice that has been thoroughly debunked by the American Psychological Association and declared dangerous by the Pan American Health Organization. The draft also contends that "[h]omosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle."

Nevertheless, the Metroplex Republicans, a Dallas-based gay GOP organization, is pleased with the incremental changes that were made ahead of the state party convention, which began today in Fort Worth.

Previous years' platforms have stated that: "[The Republican Party of Texas] affirms[s] that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit."

"There is a change afoot within the party, the Republican Party has been dominated in Texas by social conservatives for 30 years," Metroplex Republicans Vice President Rudy Oeftering says. "It's an aging, Anglo population that's at the forefront of that."

As Texas Republican voters become less white and less heterosexual, by virtue of simple demographics, the party has to change if it wants to stay in power, Oeftering says.

The Metroplex Republicans, and the Log Cabin Republicans -- the most prominent national gay GOP organization -- were both denied booths at the convention. The shut out groups held a press conference in front of a pair of locked doors at the Fort Worth Convention Center last Thursday, drawing attention to their exclusion and the line about "tearing at the fabric of society" as well as, Oeftering believes, setting the potential changes in motion.

"We said, 'here we go, you want to deny us a booth because we're homosexuals, now the whole world's going to know that this idiotic language is in the party platform," he says. "They wouldn't have taken it out had we not done that."

Oeftering is disappointed at the endorsement of reparative therapy, something that's new to this year's platform, but says the changes that are likely to be made are more than he thought would happen.

"I thought that removing that horrible language from the party platform would be a floor fight to the death that we were going to probably lose," he says. "To get a phone call from inside the [platform] committee room that they had already taken it out and that the members of the State Republican Executive Committee were tripping over themselves to keep it out [was a surprise]."

If convention delegates reinsert the language before the platform is accepted Saturday night or the party fails to evolve further, Oeftering believes there will be dire consequences for the Texas GOP.

"That's the fundamental problem of the Republican Party right now, we've got to change before the state turns blue," he says. "I'm a Republican, I want the state to stay Republican and I'm nearly sure it's not going to under the current model."


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28 comments
cornucopia00
cornucopia00

men having anal sex with men still is the leading cause of AIDS according to the CDC website. So maybe the GOP's line about homosexuality being a detriment to the fabric of society is not too much of a hairbrain anti-gay rant after all, huh?

JackJett
JackJett

State Sponsored Conversion Camp is the way to go.I have talked with several gay friends and we agree that CC is needed and should be put in place ASAP.We understand that since our lifestyle is unacceptable we assume our tax money is as well.

My partner and I have 22 years together plus another 10 years of total, full on Gaydom.Our conversion will take several years and our list of requirements are fairly minimal.We will need a minimum of 5000 square feet, large pool, dog run, dog groomer, special needs Vet nurse for diabetic pit bull, full time massage therapist, weekly manscaping, Pinot Grigio (Santa Margarhttp://www.dallasvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/hill.jpgeta), one flat screen, one curve screen TV w/Roku & HBO).

Only a couple of special request.Show Tune night with Robert Jeffress is a must.And we get to select those who will test our gayness, i.e.Pitt, Jackman, DiCaprio, Tatum, Cooper, Cruise, (scratch Cruise) etc.When we are able to just say NO to Brad and YES to Vonciel Jones Hill we will then be ready to return home.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

The party is becoming more libertarian. Christians are finding out that it is better to have true equality than to try to fight for preferred status. The problem is that as the left is becoming more establishment, they are throwing civil liberty away faster than republicans are adopting it.

While republicans are getting out of your bedroom, the left is trying to pass laws in California to require written consent forms for sex.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Why caint we all juss get along? Some of these gay agenda people can be so anal. And why do they need to shove this down everyone's throat?

Either we're all human, and thus in the same boat, or we can afford all this petty squabbling while asswipe demagogues exploit our inability to get past small differences.

JackJett
JackJett

At a time when most States are moving forward with equality, Rick Perry has decided money and time needs to be spent to help convert/pray our gay away. 


In addition to take the State back a few decades, I wonder if he or his party have any thought on how that makes taxpaying gay Texan's feel.  The gay Texan's I know that have worked as hard as anyone making this our State and feeling pride now must contend with a leader who sees us as less than.  



Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Fuck the fucking repubs, but not the gay ones. They don't deserve any pleasure whatsoever. Bunch of idiot self hating morons.

I'll bet that guy behind the wall on Forest Ln belongs to this group of douchefucks.

halldecker
halldecker

always been a mystery,  why do gay Repubs keep banging on the door, literally,  of an organization that despises them.  "There's a change afoot in the party."  Damn right.  Dan Patrick's election,  the success of the Tea Party,  confirmed that.

"As Texas Republican voters become less white and less heterosexual ..."  Since when?

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

Now it is LGBTQ?  Just add BR549 to the end and be done with it.

cornucopia00
cornucopia00

Please oh please let someone assume that Im a Republican!.....please, sir! This will be fun...:)

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@JackJett

Where should I scratch Cruise? I'm thinking on the taint would produce the desired result.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@ozonelarryb It looks to me like that is exactly what this particular group is trying to do: get along with the party that represents their political values the best.  They seem to be working from within the system to get the changes made they feel need to be made.  Why they would even bother with the Republican party is beyond me, but god bless 'em for trying to drag that party into the modern era.

thefncrow
thefncrow

@halldecker ""As Texas Republican voters become less white and less heterosexual ..."  Since when?"
 

They're not.  Texas Republicans aren't becoming less white and less heterosexual.  Texas voters are, though, and the GOP has a growing problem if they don't adapt.  Oeftering just hopes that the party is changing, despite no evidence of it.


Which is why he's apparently perfectly happy with simply changing the platform to remove the part where it says gay people are evil to the less severe version they just introduced, which only says that gay people are mentally ill.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@halldecker

Maybe some gays are not single-issue voters, maybe some don't like the democrats and see the party as beyond hope on issues other than gender issues, maybe some gays think Obama is a lying fool, or feel that if Obama and Hillary can come around after so many years, republicans can too.

halldecker
halldecker

@ColonelAngus I looked it up,  Q is for Questioning.  Which is likely the first thing those who become GLBT's do.  It's a "Big Tent", as politicians like to say.



TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ColonelAngus

I thought it was LGBLT, until another commenter noted that it appeared to be a sandwich order, or there were two lesbians, and I thought Hell yeah, lesbian sandwich.

Was this wrong of me?

JackJett
JackJett

@Montemalone So you want to go on a Conversion Cruise?  That will probably be set primarily for those just out of the closet  and just need a breeder fresher course. Think of this as extended vacation. 


We first need to ensure that this stays on the platform and makes it to the convention.   '


You will need to bring your favorite porn so we can determine your trigger points.

halldecker
halldecker

@TheRuddSki

I didn't say they ought to be Democrats.  Let's assume some gays actually believe all that.

Your post still doesn't explain why they're acting like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders,  a cow for McDonald's.  And so on.


Maybe I'm old-fashioned,  if somebody had told me for decades I was evil, wicked, going to Hell for sure,  didn't want me in their Club,  wouldn't let me in the room,  I'd say 'up yours',  or much worse,  and quit.



Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@JackJett @Montemalone

With the success of OITNB, I don't think we'll have to wait long for a big screen version starring Tommy Boy in a men's prison.

I personally can't wait for the chapel scenes...

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@halldecker

Not all republicans are strictly religious, a lot of people in the libertarian end of conservatism are pushing towards less focus on social issues, especially those which seem not only a lost cause, but divisive.

It's the same with blacks, some are actually conservative, think like Dr. King and Dr. Carson, etc.

All the repubs I know personally, including family, accept GM, and don't have a big whoop over private sexual issues, certainly not to the point of sacrificing the country to complete and utter idiots. Eight years is enough.

halldecker
halldecker

@bvckvs @halldecker 

As a Questioning Democrat,  plenty of malcontents on our side,  also.  

Will Rogers line is still best,  "I'm not a member of any organized political party.

I'm a Democrat."

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