We’ve been somewhat troubled by the online spread of a recent “news story” saying the Republican Party of Texas’ platform is, well, still anti-gay. But now that the story has appeared in both The Huffington Post and The New York Daily News, we’ve accepted the fact that we’re powerless to stop it. Which is not to say that we ever really wanted to stop it, but given that this language has been in the GOP platform for years, we don’t consider it any more of a story than saying that the national Democratic Party’s platform calls for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I mean, we know it may be hard to believe considering the inaction in Congress on ENDA, but that doesn’t make it news.
Anyhow, we just noticed that Rob Schlein, president of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, has posted a response to the story about the GOP platform on his Facebook page. Schlein’s group has fought, to no avail, to have the anti-gay language removed from the platform in recent years. Here’s what he said:
“This is an article that’s gaining a lot of traction on the internet. I have had a lot of requests asking about it. Although much is not really ‘new’ because it existed in prior platforms, it is being used again as a tool to damage Republican politicians. To my R friends: we need to reform this next time as Democrat activists are using it against us! To my D friends, these planks were put in place by a tiny minority of grassroots activists (among the religious right) and does NOT represent the overall views of the rank and file politician or voter who identifies themselves as Republican. Many politicians claim either to not having read the platform, or will bluntly say they disagree with these planks.”