This story has been all over the blogosphere this weekend, after the Texas GOP released its 2010 platform, which was finalized during its state convention two weeks ago in Dallas. Among other things, the platform calls for again making sodomy a crime and for making it a felony to issue a same-sex marriage license. The anti-gay language in the platform has prompted headlines on some blogs comparing Texas to the African nation of Uganda, which sought to impose the death penalty for homosexuality.
But the story is hardly new. This anti-gay language has been in the Texas Republican Party platform for years, and it was unchanged during this year’s convention. We’ve reported extensively on Log Cabin Republicans’ efforts to get the anti-gay language removed, and two years ago, The Dallas Morning News even picked up the story.
So why is it all of a sudden such a big deal — and how could it possibly be news to anyone that the Texas GOP is anti-gay?
I really don’t know, but I suppose it’s a good sign that this type of anti-gay language seems newsworthy, because it signals that it’s becoming uncommonly hateful. I also think the sudden wave of attention could help motivate moderate Republicans to try to change the language, because it can only hurt Texas’ image.
On the other hand, I think this “story” is good example of the sheep mentality that exists among some bloggers. One posts something, and all of the others simply regurgitate it without doing any fact-checking or original reporting.
Yes, folks, the Republican Party of Texas and its platform are anti-gay. If this comes as a surprise to you, I don’t know where you’ve been.