Leading Republican candidates can’t wait to broadcast their bigotry against gay Americans. Incredibly, in public statements they are shamelessly lining up to promote discrimination as part of their conservative platforms.
What kind of humanistic, religious, American leadership can they possibly offer when they advocate overt abuse of human rights with their in-humanistic, un-Christian, anti-American rhetoric.–against gay marriage and in favor of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
It is more than shameful. It is fascism in disguise to deliberately advocate scorn, denial, derision, contempt against those who do not think as they do. This is demagoguery in its vilest from. Their blatant homophobic assertions attempt to discredit same-sex sexual orientation as a natural phenomenon, despite countless scientific studies to the contrary. They prefer to blindly follow religious mythology on this issue and express sincere ‘belief’ in that vague source.
Such vile propagandizing campaigning will certainly work against them. Times are changing. Fundamentalist right wing bullying of LGBT Americans will not pass. The next generation is far more accepting of gay people and gay marriage–perhaps because they are listening to their consciences–and our Constitution–more than outdated (and mistranslated) scriptures and dogmas.
-Rick Santorum has joined Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in signing an anti-gay marriage pledge. Also supports constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He is opposed to all forms of government recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
The pledge, titled ‘The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family’ was introduced by the Iowa-based Christian conservative group The Family Leader. It asks 2012 candidates to vigorously oppose marriage equality, be faithful to their own spouse, vow to protect women and children from pornography and reject Sharia law. The group will not endorse any candidate that does not sign the pledge.
-Michelle Bachman’s husband runs a clinic that practices reparative therapy that tries to cure gay people of their homosexuality. Bachman supports constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
-Tim Pawlenty has spoken against gay marriage and said deference should be shown to the military on DADT. Supports constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
-Newt Gingrich said the adoption of same-sex marriage in New York showed the nation is “drifting toward a terrible muddle.” He also said both the Army and the Marines overwhelmingly opposed changing [DADT]. And as president I would listen to the commanders. Supports constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
-Mitt Romney: has called for support of federal marriage amendment but would not ban civil unions. DADT: I believe that DADT should have been kept in place until conflict (Iraq/Afghanistan) was over.
-Gary Johnson has spoken out in favor of gay rights issues, supporting civil unions: is among the field’s most gay-friendly candidates; believes government should not intervene unnecessarily in the private lives of individual citizens and supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
-Jon Huntsman supported civil unions as Utah’s governor; would respect the decision of states that legalized same-sex marriage and not seek to override those laws with a federal ban.
-Ron Paul is the most libertarian; not necessarily opposed to a Constitutional amendment. His Libertarian ideology would say the question is irrelevant. Marriage, like any contract, is left to individuals, straight or gay.
-Herman Cain is a fierce opponent of same sex marriage or civil unions, asking his supporters to stand behind him and protect the sanctity of the institution of marriage. When pressed on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), he said he would never have overturned it.
By Richard Ammon
-Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said, “The Republican Party is shrinking. One of the reasons it is shrinking is because there are large demographics in this country that view the party as intolerant or not relevant to them…
-Survey by Pew: 70 percent of those between 18 and 34 support gay marriage. Other studies show favor of gay marriage.
-Survey: RK Research confirms youth hostility toward the Republican Party’s position on gay marriage in its study of college students and the Republican Party. The surveyed students, when asked to rate the Republican party on 25 issues, gave the party a score of 3.8 (1-worst, 10-best) on gay rights, dead last of the 25 issues.