To absolutely no one’s surprise, the nation’s most anti-gay politicians and anti-gay hate group leaders joined Republicans delegates last week to pass the final draft of the GOP 2016 platform, characterized by the Log Cabin Republicans as “the most anti-LGBT Platform in the Party’s 162-year history.”
GOP delegates voted to include provisions supporting state laws to restrict transgender rights on bathroom use, support of conversion therapy for gay people “by saying that parents should be free to make medical decisions about their children without interference.”
The platform also says “that ‘natural marriage’ between a man and a woman is most likely to result in offspring who do not become drug-addicted or otherwise damaged.”
“Nearly every provision that expressed disapproval of homosexuality, same-sex marriage or transgender rights passed,” writes the New York Times. “The platform calls for overturning the Supreme Court marriage decision with a constitutional amendment and makes references to appointing judges ‘who respect traditional family values.’”
“There’s no way to sugarcoat this: I’m mad as hell — and I know you are too,” Gregory T. Angelo, the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies. “Moments ago, the Republican Party passed the most anti-LGBT platform in the party’s 162-year history,” he wrote last week.
That outrage has led the group to take out a full-page ad in the Cleveland edition of USA Today that attacks their party’s anti-LGBT platform.
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) July 19, 2016
The ad reads:
No, these aren’t tweets from Donald Trump. These are what common-sense conservatives are saying about the most anti-LGBT platform the Republican Party has ever had.
GOP Platform Committee: Out of touch, out of line, and out of step with 61% of Republicans who favour same-sex marriage.
“It’s my hope this advertisement will be a wake-up call to the intransigent and ancient voices on the GOP Platform Committee that marriage equality is the law of the land, gay families are a part of the fabric of America, and LGBT Republicans have an important role to play in growing the Party,” said Angelo.
LGBT activist and columnist Dan Savage blasted the LGBT conservative group for “utter failure” to make the GOP pro-LGBT, claiming the group has only made the GOP more anti-LGBT after 40 years of asking LGBT conservatives for patience.
Savage began by re-sharing what he had written about the group back in February:
Nothing changes. Their party never changes. All the GOP candidates for president take the same old bigoted positions. It never gets any better. But no one who writes up the efforts of Log Cabin Republicans to change their party ever thinks to examine the results. There’s never an accountability moment for the cocksucking wing of the “party of personal responsibility.”
The Log Cabin Republicans were founded in 1977. They were gonna “build a stronger, more inclusive Republican Party [and] transform the GOP from the inside.” They’ve been at this transform-from-the-inside shit for nearly forty fucking years and what do they have nothing to show it? Nothing. Fuck all. Squat. For years they’ve been waiting on—and promising us—a breakthrough that never, ever comes. The GOP is as bad on LGBT issues now as it has ever been and their 2016 candidates run the gamut from completely awful asshole to completely asshole awful.
It’s time to pack it in, boys. It’s over. You failed. Fuck off and shut up. (As for what motivates gay Republicans… I have a theory.)
He then added:
Log Cabin Republicans have been working to “transform the GOP from the inside” for forty years and not only hasn’t it gotten better, it has gotten worse. The 2016 Republican Platform, adopted today without a peep of protest from Log Cabin Republicans, is worse on LGBT issues than any Republican Party Platform in history. Worse than the GOP platform in 1980, when the religious right was ascendent; worse than the GOP platform in 1984, when AIDS hysteria was at its peak; worse than the GOP platform in 1992, when delegates to the RNC were waving “Family Values Forever! Gay Rights Never!” signs on the floor of the convention in Houston. Worst. Platform. Ever. Log Cabin Republicans spent months wriggling their tongues up Donald Trump’s ass and this is the thanks they get.
Whatever the Log Cabin Republicans think they’re doing “inside” the Republican Party, it isn’t working, it has never worked, and they need to stop pretending it’ll ever work. Today’s Republican Party, as Andy Towle pointed out, is an anti-LGBT hate group. Period. And the sanity and/or motives of any queer person who belongs to today’s GOP are suspect—same goes for yesterday’s GOP and most likely tomorrow’s GOP.
Read Savage’s full piece at The Stranger here.
— David Lauri (@dlauri) July 19, 2016