A press release from the Washington, DC, chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans has heralded the news that the DC Republican Committee is adopting gay-inclusive language in its platform, making it the first regional GOP party to do so.
That’s a nice change of pace from the venomous spittle vomited forth by the Texas Republican Party, which said homosexuality “tears at the fabric of society.”
The DC GOP committee’s platform reads, in part:
“We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”
It’s a somewhat vague statement (not surprisingly) and local Log Cabin president Robert Turner II admitted it wasn’t “the exact wording we had hoped for.” Turner said he had wanted more specific language singling out the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the community, rather than sexual orientation. But he explained, “we are excited to be a part of a state party who understands that inclusion wins. Marriage equality is settled law here in the District—all citizens, including LGBT citizens should be treated equally.”
According to the Advocate, it’s unclear how the national Republican Party will react to the news. “I don’t even know that they are aware of it yet,” he said.
Ooh, we wish we could listen in on that phone call.