BUSTED! – Ohio Tea Party Shows It’s Anti-Gay Roots In Email and Questionaire To Political Candidates

The Sandusky Register has unearthed an email  and questionaire sent out last week by a local Tea Party group called The Freedom Institute of Erie County to the representatives of candidates seeking office in the forthcoming elections. The email (pdf) seems to finally put to rest the claims that The Tea Party doesn’t care about isues or endore candidates because of thier veiws on topics of things not real;ted to financial issues.  In fact the candidtae questionaire contains questions about DADT, Gay Marriage,  and  Gay Adoption.

Question Number 3. Marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, any other type of Union is not marriage.
Question Number 4. Children should not be placed into foster homes where the parents are homosexual, bisexual, or transgender
Question Number 10. I oppose the ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ policy of the military and believe that all same sex partners should be banned from combat duty in the military because of the propensity to transmit blood-borne diseases in the theatre of battle

The Freedom Institute of Erie County’s “Vision Statement”, states that it seeks: “A government that does not advocate and promote moral, spiritual, and religious decay”; “A government that does not provide for the common welfare but one that promotes the common welfare”; and “A government that treats all individuals equally through the erasure of diversity that divides us and the embrace of unity that unites us.” (Unless you are gay of course.) and the website also states that membership “shall be open to all who pledge to the Patriots Oath”, which was written by Colonel Oliver North of Iran Contra scandal fame and Dr James Dobson, of the anti-gay Focus on the Family.

Let the denials begin.


Will Kohler

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