What is the single most offensive plank in the Republican Party of Texas’ 2010 platform?

Posted on 19 Jul 2010 at 1:56pm
Texas GOP Chair Steve Munisteri

Last week a coalition of 13 nonpartisan organizations including Equality Texas and the Human Rights Campaign issued a joint statement calling on RNC Chair Michael Steele and Texas GOP Chair Steve Munisteri to “forcefully reject” the state party’s 2010 platform.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about anti-gay language in the Texas GOP platform, but last week’s statement cites a whole host of other objectionable planks, from “Eliminating the Endangered Species Act” to “Eliminating laws that require healthcare facilities to treat undocumented human beings.” Here’s a full list from the statement:

• Eliminating the Endangered Species Act
• Rescinding no-fault divorce laws and supporting “covenant marriage”
• Eliminating future and repealing past presidential executive orders
• Opposing making the District of Columbia a state, leaving tens of thousands of U.S. citizens to pay government taxes without the benefit of a voting representative
• Making every driver’s license indicate citizenship status
• Opposing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of a belief that it affirms “sinful and sexually immoral behavior.”
• Opposing governmental action to restrict the public display of the Ten Commandments
• Making the issuance of a marriage license to a same-sex couple a felony to include the civil official that would perform the marriage
• Stating that homosexuality “tears at the fabric of our society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases.”
• Recriminalizing sodomy statutes in spite of a landmark Supreme Court case that settled the issue a decade ago
• Overturning Roe v. Wade and passing a “human life amendment” to the Constitution, a proposal that would make abortion illegal in all cases and criminalize most common forms of birth control
• Eliminating those with HIV/AIDS, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and mental stress disorders from the Americans with Disabilities Act
• Opposing any sex education “other than abstinence until heterosexual marriage,” a strategy that has proven to be ineffective and that ignores the health concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults
• Urging Congress to withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom and the Bill of Rights
• Calling for no bilingual education after the third grade
• Eliminating laws that require healthcare facilities to treat undocumented human beings

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