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Deep In The Black Heart of Texas – Texas GOP Releases Insane Anti-Gay 2012 Platform

The Republican Party of Texas has released its 2012 platform where not only does it support things like returning to the gold standard, opposes multicultural education and “critical thinking,”, and supporting corporal punishment in schools.  It also is filled rife with  anti-gay planks..

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.

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. We  advocate the repeal of laws that place an unfair tax burden on families. We call  upon Congress to completely remove the marriage penalty in the tax code, whereby  a married couple receives a smaller standard deduction than their unmarried  counterparts living together. The primary family unit consists of those related  by blood, heterosexual marriage, or adoption. The family is responsible for its  own welfare, education, moral training, conduct, and property.

Judicial Activism in  Marriage

We support marriage and oppose the assault on  marriage by judicial activists.

Enforcement of the 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.

Marriage and Divorce

We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that  the integrity of this institution should be protected at all levels of  government. We urge the Legislature to rescind no-fault divorce laws. We support  Covenant Marriage.

Family Values

We support the affirmation of traditional  Judeo-Christian family values and oppose the continued assault on those  values

And the scariest thing?

The 2012 Platform is LESS anti-gay than the 2011 Platform with planks opposing adoption by gays and lesbians, opposing gay scouts, and linking gays to pedophilia having been removed.

Hate is a Texas value.

You can read the whole document is HERE.  But bring some bleach to scub your brain with afterwards.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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