Before she became a household name, Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina spoke at a meeting of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas last August. Medina is the only one of the three GOP candidates to visit the gay Republican group.
Medina didn’t talk much about LGBT issues, answering only one question related to anti-gay language in the Texas Republican Party platform. But LCR President Rob Schlein told me this week he thinks Medina would be good on gay rights given her Libertarian leanings. Schlein also said he likes Medina’s proposal to get rid of property taxes in Texas. Once firmly behind Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, he now says he’s undecided between Hutchison and Medina. The Dallas chapter of Log Cabin won’t be making an official endorsement in the race.
“I think Debra’s got a fair amount of support within the club, but I haven’t taken an official poll,” Schlein told me this week. “I’m still on the fence between those two. … She [Medina] doesn’t want government sticking her nose into business where it doesn’t belong, and I think that would apply to LGBT issues.”
Medina’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for an interview about LGBT issues this week, but after talking with Schlein, I came across some video of Medina’s appearance in August. Here’s a transcript of the lone gay-related question and her response, which you can find at about the 5:50 mark of the clip below.
Question from audience member: “The Texas Republican Party platform has contained some very offensive language to gays and lesbians, for example equating us to child molesters and rapists. saying that we are against God and our founding fathers, very nonsensical language, how do you feel about that?”
Medina: “I think that one of the things I’ve had to do as a Southern Baptist, right-wing Christian conservative is try to remove myself a little bit from that place, and back up to the proper role of government. It is easy for all of us to find that emotion and to react emotionally to things and I think the challenge to our leadership is to look at the challenges that face us, and try to ask some questions about where do we need to be, what’s the role of government and family and community. Rob [Schlein] and I had a little bit of a conversation about that yesterday, and I haven’t been involved in that particular debate. I understand what he was saying, and I look forward to looking into that further, and I think using the party not as a moral club but as a place to talk about public policy and the proper role of government. I’m a Bible-believing Christian. I’m not going to waver on my view of homosexuality. That’s where I am, and I’d be less than honest to tell you anything different than that. But I also don’t believe it’s the government’s job to get in there and do anything about that. And if it’s not the government’s job, then the party probably needs to stay away from it as well.”