Is The GOP Anti-Gay?

August 30, 2007 at 6:05 am 9 comments

In a post yesterday called Republicans, Gays And Larry Craig: Is The GOP Anti-Gay? Marc Ambinder makes the following statement:

It’s absurd to label every politician or person who opposes gay marriage and gays in the military as anti-gay. Many aren’t. That doesn’t mean they’re pro-gay — it’s just that for them the issue of homosexuality is not important.

They may not be homophobic, but they are definitely heterosexist. They may not hate the sinner, but they definitely think that their “lack of the sin” makes them superior to gay and lesbian people and therefore deserving of special rights that gay Americans are denied including the 1,200 federal rights and responsibilities associated with marriage.

If homosexuality truly was not important to some politicians as Marc asserts, then they would not be so adamant in their opposition to giving same-sex couples the option to marry. They would not be opposed because, well, it just would not be important enough for them to get worked up about. They would not have voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, the Federal Marriage Amendment or continuously spout rhetoric about marriage being between a man and a woman and anything else will cause the crumbling of Western civilization.

Marc then goes on to acknowledge that a large part of the Republican base is anti-gay:

But Ruffini must also recognize: a large and influential segment of the Republican Party’s activist base is anti-gay. Not anti-gay rights — though, of course, they’re “anti” that too — but anti-gay, meaning that that homosexuality itself is the problem; that the gay rights movement represents the apex of libertinism; that homosexuality is dangerous; that it is anti-Biblical; that it deserves the shame of the culture and not the sanction of the government.

And to say that:

A large segment of the Democratic base approves of, tolerates, and favors government recognition of homosexuality. 

I have been in many settings with many gay people and not once have I heard anyone say that what we are after is government recognition of homosexuality. Not once. What I have heard expressed, if not articulated in just this way, is that we do not want the government to promote or provide special consideration or treatment to heterosexuals while denying equal treatment under the law to LGBT Americans.

To me that is the crux of the reason why the LGBT civil rights movement exists. Many in power in the Republican Party oppose equal treatment for LGBT Americans and support what can only be construed as special rights for heterosexual Americans. For that reason, I believe its fair to say that the GOP, despite a few exceptions, is anti-gay.

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  • 1. Christopher  |  August 30, 2007 at 6:15 am

    That’s too much parsing.

    Of course the GOP is antigay. It’s homophobic to its core.

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  • 2. phil_in_ny  |  August 30, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Yes sir. A sad pathetic thing indeed. This is the same party, before they switched political affiliation, who wanted to keep slavery in tact.

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  • 3. Brian  |  August 30, 2007 at 8:50 am

    The GOP is very anti-gay. That’s the only reason they are in office. Karl Rove comes up with this ingenious plan to get gay-marriage bans on the ballots of several states, thinking that those who go to vote for the bans will also vote for Bush. It worked beautifully. My own mother and sister (both of whom had never voted for president before) went to the polls to vote against gay marriage and decided to vote for Bush at the same time, believing that he was opposed to it.

    I honestly feel if those anti-gay marriage bans had not been on the ballot, that JK would currently be president.

    Republicans are very two-faced. I work with some who treat me pretty good to my face, tell me they don’t have a problem working with me, and pretend to be open-minded, but they walk into a voting booth with every intention of denying me the same rights that they have. I even think it gives them a sense of satisfaction knowing that they wield a certain level of power over me.

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  • 4. Bloggernista  |  August 30, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Republicans have gay-baited their way to political power and they need to be called out on it. And the self-loathing closet cases who side with them against openly LGBT people should be held to account for their actions against us.

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  • 5. amuirin  |  August 30, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    The GOP seems to be anti-anyone not rich, white and christian.

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  • 6. Teresa  |  August 30, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    The GOP is pro-bigotry, and has built its house of cards on the basest of human impulses. It encourages hate, discrimination, and turns neighbor against neighbor. Every time a high school kid is beaten and left for dead because he is gay, thank the GOP for their family values.

    Not that I’m bitter or anything. I’m just saying, I can’t wait for the winds to change.

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  • 7. lolchrist  |  August 30, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Is the GOP Anti-Gay?

    Does a bear shit on catholic popes in the woods?

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  • 8. Bloggernista  |  August 30, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Teresa, the winds will change and the breathe of progressive fresh air will be wonderful.

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  • 9. GOP Tells Larry Craig to Get Out « Bloggernista  |  August 31, 2007 at 11:06 am

    […] in the bathrooms where Craig cruised on a seemingly regular basis. Yesterday I asked the question “Is the GOP anti-gay?” With very few exceptions, I believe that they are. They have not missed any opportunity to attack […]

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