Yes, the Republican Party’s official platform this year will describe marriage as a
“union between one man and one woman.”
This anti-LGBT stance ignores the fact that gay marriage is now legal everywhere in the U.S. but, believe it or not, it actually is a ratcheting down of the party’s homophobic/transphobic rhetoric. This year’s platform will NOT call for an amendment to the U.S. constitution effectively banning same-sex marriage as it has before. (So, they gave up on that one?)
Annie Dickerson is an adviser to billionaire GOP donor Paul Singer, who is a proponent of same-sex marriage and other issues championed by the LGBT community. Dickerson, who has adopted children, accused the committee of “blatant discrimination” over an amendment that would keep publicly funded adoption agencies from giving custody of children to gay couples.
“We need children to be adopted, so hooray to the gay community for trying to raise children in a happy and stable home. I object to allowing patent discrimination against gays over the right to adopt. This is blatant discrimination and should not be in our platform.”
Later, in front of the full Platform Committee, Washington, D.C., delegate Rachel Hoff, the only openly gay member on the 112-member committee, made an impassioned plea, fighting back tears, to to adopt softer language on gay marriage,
“We’re your daughters, your sons, your neighbors, colleagues and the couples you sit next to you in church. Freedom means freedom for everyone, including for gays and lesbians.“
Her proposal was shot down after almost no debate.
Ohio delegate David Johnson, who owns a small business in the state, criticized what he characterized as federal government overreach in responding to recent transgender bathroom laws.
“I hope we’re not getting this politically correct crap about transgender bathrooms. Any press person who comes to me and says, ‘Do you support that?’ My answer is no. If we’re telling employers to make provisions for 16 different people…”
“You’d have 16 different bathrooms,” another delegate said.
They also adopted a plank in support of anti-gay “conversion therapy.” Conversion therapy is based on the debunked theory that you can “pray away the gay.” (Uh, btw, you can’t.)
This notion that you can cure someone’s homosexuality is pretty old-fashioned, but hey, so are Republicans. Not only has the practice been debunked and denounced by all the credible medical groups, but it’s even been rebuked by many of the very groups that used to practice it. In 2011, the world’s top “ex-gay” confessed that he was still gay, and in 2013, the lead international “ex-gay” group, Exodus International, closed its doors and issued an apology to the gay community.
So the GOP is today, in 2016, embracing an issue that’s already, for all intents and purposes, finished. Over. Done. The amendment to the platform was offered by Tony Perkins, the head of the officially-designated hate group Family Research Council.