By York Van Nixon III
With the Republican base fractured by the Tea Party movement, GOP strategists may consider adding to their “no-list,” already containing African-Americans, Latinos, and Muslims, another group – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans (GLBT). Log Cabin Republicans could be forced to keep their heads low as Republican front-runners swing axes on legislation trying to appeal constitutional amendments like Proposition Eight during midterm elections. A willingness to ignore our First Amendment because some feel a Muslim community center is too close to Ground Zero suggests nothing is off limits.
While no all-out war against the GLBT community has been declared by any candidate, most have made their position clear when it comes to recognizing “equal protection” guaranteed within the Fourteenth Amendment.
Sarah Palin, when asked if she supports granting equal marriage rights, clearly said ” … not if it goes closer and closer towards redefining the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. And unfortunately that’s sometimes where those steps lead. I don’t support defining marriage as anything but between one man and one woman, and I think through nuances we can go round and round about what that actually means. I’m being as straight up with Americans as I can in my non- support for anything but a traditional definition of marriage.”
Likely presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, when asked about his position during a New Yorker interview said, “We can get into the ick factor, but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn’t work the same.”
“I think there’s been a real level of being disingenuous on the part of the gay and lesbian community with their goal of civil unions. You don’t go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal. That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let’s go ahead and accommodate those who want who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them. Children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”
Governor of Arkansas Tim Pawlenty says, “Marriage – as defined as between a man and a woman – should remain elevated in our society at a special level, as it traditionally has been.” “I oppose efforts to treat domestic relationships as the equivalent of traditional marriage.”
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, an erstwhile supporter of same-sex marriage, appears to bowing to pressure from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Mormon leadership would be happier to continue backing him for another run at the White House if he abides with the last statement by LDS president Thomas S. Monson, who said in a July 6 letter, ” The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is absolutely clear: Marriage is between one man and woman and is ordained of God.”
The diminution of their electorate may leave Republicans little choice but to throw the GLBT community under the same bus as Muslims. Doing so could allow them to consolidate their base with the “Religious Right.” It would be unfair to say all Republicans are “anti-gay.” But when it comes to regaining control of Congress and the White House, they may take an axe to the first log cabin they find.
Question: Have Republicans become so desperate to win that they will trample rights to run the country again? Please post your comments below.