We really think the political parties in this country got their mascots mixed up and the GOP should be the jackass: The Republican Party of Texas has put forth its official platform and, as expected, it’s the house that hate built—with a whole wing devoted to anti-gay rhetoric.
The GOP Longhorns aver that homosexuality “tears at the fabric of society” and “is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.” The text goes on to oppose ENDA and marriage equality, support DOMA, and require protection (if not canonization) of anyone who discriminates against gay people for basically any reason.
Joe My God has a lovely chunk of this treatise:
HOMOSEXUALITY: We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.
EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (ENDA): We oppose this act through which the federal government would coerce religious business owners and employees to violate their own beliefs and principles by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT: We support the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense
of Marriage Act by state and federal officials respectively, and oppose creation, recognition and benefits for
partnerships outside of marriage that are being provided by some political subdivisions.
FAMILY AND DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE: We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage.
We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman.
Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married.
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DIVORCE: We urge the Legislature to rescind no-fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.
PORN: We encourage the enforcement of laws regarding all forms of pornography, because
pornography is detrimental to the fabric of society.
PARENTING: We believe that parental rights, authority and responsibilities are inherent and protected by the United States Constitution. Local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or policies shall not be enacted that limit parental rights in the rearing of both biological and adopted children.
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
EDUCATION: We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical-thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority
SEX ED: We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.
If you’ve got a strong constitution, try reading the entire thing. Preferably before lunch.
Oddly enough for the head of such a gung-ho family-values brigade, State Party Chair Steve Munisteri is divorced. (Hope that wasn’t one of those nasty no-fault divorces, Steve.) And, despite the fact that the platform is rife with mandates for “parents’ rights” he and the misses never had any children. Hmm, funny that.