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January 19, 2013

GOProud: Domestic Partnerships Are An Acceptable Alternative To Marriage Equality

The Gay Republican group GOProud statement on marriage

Gay Republicans Endorse Discrimination While Ignoring The Fundamental Reason Why We Have 3 Branches Of Government

Today in self loathing, GOProud, the LGBT Republican right-wing extremist organization, had a Board of Directors  meeting on January 12th, 2013, in Washington, D.C. They issued two press releases after their meeting. The first announced that they are expanding and spreading their wings.

The GOProud Board of Directors also voted unanimously to expand the organization’s mission to now include state work.  Over the next few months, GOProud will be chartering state affiliates to help carry out the important work of the organization on the state and local level.
The GOProud Board of Directors passed a resolution regarding the “issue of marriage and relationship recognition,” which they announced in their second press release.

Apparently, up until their recent meeting, GOProud was a national organization that was only interested in federal issues. Now that they are expanding their portfolio to include state and local chapters, they feel that they can take a public position on a state issue, namely marriage.

GOProud said that they favor repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and they’re against  “any effort to federalize marriage through a constitutional amendment.” I can only presume that they are against a Constitutional Amendment that would forbid marriage equality, because they don’t say that explicitly.

GOProud believes that stable, loving, committed relationships are the cornerstone of our society and should be protected and encouraged for all couples - including gay and lesbian couples. We believe that the decision about how to best do this is one that should be made at the state level and that these decisions are best made by the people directly or through their elected representatives - not by unelected judges.
Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage. Where civil unions are possible, we support civil unions. Where domestic partner benefits are possible, we support domestic partner benefits. As federalists, we do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach on almost any issue and that includes relationship recognition for gay couples.
We are firmly committed to winning hearts and minds, which is why we understand that not everyone who doesn't support marriage for gay couples is automatically a bigot or homophobe. We understand that there are people of deep faith who may have religious objections to marriage. We respect those differences and believe that no church or religious institution should ever be forced to solemnize a marriage that is against its teachings.
It’s fairly easy to recognize how their “statement on marriage and relationship recognition” is really a non-statement on “marriage and relationship recognition.”

GOProud says that they are in favor of “stable, loving, committed relationships.” That’s a good start. They state that “the decision about how to best do this is one that should be made at the state level.” The last time I checked, decisions related to marriage equality are being made at the state level. The LGBT Republicans think that marriage equality should be put to a vote by the people, or decided in state legislatures, and they don’t feel that “unelected judges” should be involved in decisions related to marriage equality. That’s where GOProud veers off the rails.

Putting marriage equality to a vote by the people allows the majority to decide on the civil rights of a minority. It’s a license to discriminate.

To profess that unelected judges should not do their job, which includes interpreting laws, and ruling on the Constitutionality of legislative actions, is completely ignorant and irresponsible and naive.

Our founding fathers created the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government to ensure that we have checks and balances on each branch of government. Our founding fathers recognized that the majority deciding the rights of a minority was problematic. That’s one reason why we have checks and balances. The Courts are often the only venue where minorities can pursue claims of discrimination. Suggesting that the Courts shouldn’t be involved in marriage equality suggests that tyranny is acceptable, and that’s un-American. It’s also dumb!

When GOProud says they don’t support a one size fits all approach to recognizing marriage, or defining a relationship, they are supporting state government’s conferring second and third class status on our relationships. They’re willing to accept any crumbs that are thrown our way, and aren’t doing anyone a favor in the process. That’s a total cop out - and completely unacceptable.

Religious objections to marriage equality is based on false doctrine. There isn’t one word in the Bible about marriage equality. Bigots who claim that the Bible says LGBT people are sinners, and that homosexuality is an abomination, are relying on incorrect translations that reflect bigotry, and ignore the context in which the passage was written.

While I think religious exemptions are wrong, because they are based on false doctrine, I understand why state legislatures write the exemptions into law. LGBT people don’t want to get married where we aren’t loved and accepted, and that includes churches and religious institutions where we aren’t welcomed.

As long as GOProud continues to endorse anti-gay bigots like Mitt Romney for President, and don’t appreciate why the Courts are integral to extending marriage equality to everyone, and they say that civil unions and domestic partnerships are acceptable substitutes for marriage equality, they will continue to be characterized as an extremist organization.  

Until GOProud expresses support for full marriage equality, which is consistent with conservative small-government principles, they will be dismissed and regarded as ineffective lightweights in the political arena.

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