The contrasts and conflicts within the GOP continue to unfold, as the struggle to adjust, or avoid adjusting, to a changing electorate plays out. CPAC is the current window into the inner contradictions and clashes, as stories about Chris Hayes Says He Won’t Attend CPAC if GOProud is Banned and Charles Krauthammer Calls CPAC Decision on Christie “Vast Overreaction”¦ A Mistake” reveal.
At the same time, there are more and more instances of Republican Electeds and leaders at state and federal levels taking pro-LGBT positions, as with 75 Republicans File SCOTUS Brief Supporting Overturn of DOMA.
While CPAC is the big news of the moment “” in terms of highlighting the continued power of the further-to-the-Right wing of the GOP “” there are other indications of similar adamancy to dig in their Right heels and “stand their ground,” as well as examples of those within the GOP who are distancing themselves, if not walking away, from such rigid positions. A few examples follow.
Alvin McEwen, at Pam’s Houseblend: (emphasis added throughout post)
Family Research Council pushes meanspirited video against marriage equality, gay families
If you want to see all of the inane arguments against marriage equality wrapped up in one video, check out the above monstrosity from the Family Research Council.
The gist of the video is that homosexuality is a “˜behavior’ therefore marriage equality contributes nothing to society. The video compares marriage equality to dealing drugs.
The video basically makes the following points …
Heterosexual marriage supposedly: Creates children; Best raises children … Protects women … Civilizes men … And lowers crime, poverty, and welfare, which reduces government spending and deficits … .
On the other hand, marriage equality: Validates sex partners … Harms children by supposedly denying them a mother and a father … Schools will subject children to “mandatory homosexual curricula” … Business and taxes will fund homosexual relationships … Freedom of religion and speech are gagged … .
(FRC) is … busy creating caste systems for God.
All I can say is keep it up, FRC. If you keep showing America what you really think of same-sex couples and their families in such nakedly ugly details, we will receive marriage equality in practically no time at all.
David Badash, at The New Civil Rights Movement:
GOP Official: Obama To Indoctrinate Kids Into “˜Pro-Homosexuality’ Groupthink Like Hitler Did
The United States ranks 17 out of 40 in education, according to a recent global study by Pearson, an education firm. …
So it should come as no surprise that the battle over the future lies in state and local school boards, and leading the charge into ignorance and stupidity is the faith-based GOP.
Take, for example, Elois Zeanah, President of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, Board Member of the Republican Women of Tuscaloosa County, and a former Mayor and City Council Member from Thousand Oaks, California.
At last week’s meeting of the Wetumka, Alabama Tea Party, Zeanah attacked President Barack Obama, comparing him to Hitler, and painting a – false – dystopian image of the future, if “˜Common Core,’ a standardized education policy, is allowed to be adopted and fully implemented.
Note that Common Core was introduced in 2009 by the National Governors Association Center – not the Obama administration – but why should facts … matter?
Zack Ford, at Think Progress:
NOM Bullies Minnesota Republicans To Vote Against Equality
The National Organization for Marriage is once again exercising its muscle in order to try to get its way, promising $500,000 to campaign against Republicans who support marriage equality in Minnesota and support Democrats who oppose it. … In a press release announcing the commitment to bullying, NOM’s Brian Brown specifically called out Sen. Branden Petersen (R) for endorsing the marriage equality effort, claiming that the issue is all about protecting children:
BROWN: Republicans like Branden Petersen don’t realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican. NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage.
Baird Helgeson, blogging at The Star Tribune, has this related to Rep. State Sen. Petersen:
GOP’s Pat Anderson: I support gay marriage; Republicans should, too
A longtime Republican activist and former State Auditor is speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage and defending a GOP legislator who is under fire for supporting a proposal to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
In a column on the editorial pages of the St. Paul Pioneer Press Wednesday, Pat Anderson writes: “˜I applaud Republican State Sen. Branden Petersen for expressing his support of legislation that would extend the basic freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Minnesota, and I urge other Republican legislators and Minnesotans to join him.’ …
Allowing all Minnesotans to marry the person they love should be a bedrock GOP principle, Anderson said.
“˜After all, protecting freedom and liberty ““ and removing unnecessary government intrusion from our lives ““ is, at its core, the conservative thing to do,’ she wrote.
The process of adjusting is clearly underway for some of the GOP. Just as clearly, they’ll continue facing stiff opposition. Though of course with some differences, this does sort of remind me of the process by which Democrats moved into, at least generally, support of LGBT equality.