Gay Nup Fight Strains LA GOP

There’s a civil war brewing within California’s Republican ranks.

Despite the party’s insistence that funds and energies not be used to fight gay marriage in the Golden State, the Republican Party of Los Angeles County will tonight hold a very special meeting in which certain members will speak in favor of Proposition 8, a ballot measure meant to overturn this year’s gay marriage ruing.

Rather than roll over and allow their party to spread divisive politics, some of RPLAC’s executive ranks are fighting back.

A group today sent the following message to Chair Linda Boyd:

Our fellow Republicans elected us to grow the party and elect fellow Republicans to office. How can we accomplish this goal when the party
is so vocally advocating the elimination of Constitutional Rights for many Californians, including many on your own Executive Committee?

Executive committee members are urging Boyd and her allies to drop the Proposition 8 support and instead focus their energies on electing Republican White House hopefuls John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Apparently this isn’t the first time Boyd’s irked her party peers. Republicans Against 8 spokesman Scott Schmidt had this to say:

Chairman Boyd’s unilateral decision to spend party resources and to inconvenience its elected leaders in order to promote a cause which would eliminate the constitutional rights of more than ten percent of the RPLAC Executive Committee is completely inappropriate and illustrates why many question her leadership.

Oh how we’d like to be a fly on the wall at tonight’s meeting. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Republicans hash it out on the homos.

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  • ChicagoJimmy

    Ten percent of their committee is gay? I guess we really are everywhere.

  • John

    Well, it is the Republican Party of Los Angeles. I mean, they probably couldn’t get a quorum on the committee if they excluded gays. Heh.

  • Betty DeGeneres

    As a mother, it is a wonderful gift to share in the love and joy of your child’s wedding day. The excitement, anticipation and happiness are overwhelming. I once believed I would never have the opportunity to be a part of such a special day with my daughter, Ellen.

    But as I’m sure you’ve already heard, Ellen married the love of her life, my daughter-in-law, Portia de Rossi nearly one month ago. They had a stunning, intimate ceremony with family and close friends. Complete with beautiful decorations, their favorite roses, candlelit table and incredible cake. It was a magical evening.

    Just like every parent who wants what’s best for their daughters and sons, I want Ellen and Portia to have all the happiness that comes with marriage, to care for each other, protect one another and be there for each other in times of greatest need.

    Unfortunately, some people would like to take away my daughter’s right to marry the one she loves. And that, quite simply, is wrong.

    So, I’ve made a gift to Equality California’s Wedding Registry in honor of Ellen and Portia to help defeat Proposition 8. This November’s ballot initiative would hurt so many loving couples and their families by taking away the right to marry from same-sex couples. Please join me by supporting the NO on 8 campaign.

    Make a donation today so all loving couples can marry.

    Every parent should know that their daughters and sons have the choice to marry. And every mother should have the opportunity to be a part of their child’s wedding day. With your help, we can make that happen. Donate now to fight Prop 8.

    Betty DeGeneres

    P.S. Please remember to vote NO on Prop 8 on November 4 and ask your friends and family to do the same.

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