This gay GOP delegate wants her party to embrace marriage equality. Good luck with that.
The GOP platform committee met this week in Cleveland to work out the particulars of the GOP convention, and a gay GOP delegate has a special request.
With a wide variety of pressing issues facing Americans this election, Republicans chose to ignore the recent ruling of the Supreme Court which granted equal rights to LGBT people. Instead of joining even the 20th century, Republicans harkened back to their old-timey religion which evangelicals love with biblical devotion and that of course means getting back to their roots. They can’t openly hate black people anymore because hating Oprah has become a tad taboo. Governor Mary Fallin et all were sure to get the hategasms going with their favorite sinners to loath, those LGBT people.
The platform committee managed to harden their stance against Marriage Equality because the GOP must have someone to blame for whatever ills their dying base. That’s when Rachel Hoff, a gay GOP delegate from DC, made an impassioned plea to the committee to soften their stance on marriage equality.
“We are your daughters, your sons, your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, the couple that sits next to you in church. And one day when I am ready to marry the woman I love, I hope it will be me. Freedom means freedom for everyone, including gays and lesbians. We should have the freedom to enter into relationships and receive the same protections as heterosexual couples,” Hoff said.
“In high school I chose to be Republican,” she continued. “My parents were not Republican, so I wasn’t born this way. I chose to be Republican because I believe in the same principles as you do.”
“I’m here, 15 years later,” Hoff added, “still in this great party despite the hurtful rhetoric and stance on these issues. And all I ask today is to include me and those like me, and not exclude us, by simply acknowledging that thoughtful Republicans represent multiple views on the definition of marriage.”
Being a gay GOP delegate puts Rachel Hoff between a rock and a hard place.
I wish I could tell you that the plea was heard and answered but we are talking about the party that’s been taken over by the preachers and as Barry Goldwater so presciently said:
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
I’m sorry Rachel but your party is famous for many things; sedition, intransigence, recalcitrance and regimented thinking but changing their beliefs about abominable sinners like you is not one of them. They are warriors for God and you are a not living according to scripture. Governor Fallin said that you were even there shows what a gigantically huge tent the party is now and they appreciate your service in making them look less like the bigots that they are but they fully intend to quash your right to marry whoever you love and make you a second-class citizen again.
Evangelical leader Tony Perkins even implemented a provision into the platform that would state that parents should use “gay conversion therapy” to ‘cure’ gay kids of their homosexuality. Perkins chairs The Family Research Council which the Southern Poverty Law Group calls a hate group. With people like Perkins keeping Republicans firmly within their religious chains, it’s no surprise that Republicans have no regard for any member of the LGBT community. They have opposed every single measure to grant them equal citizenship in this country and that is a record they can never run from.
Sorry, Rachel Hoff, but this is not a good time to be a gay GOP delegate.
Featured image: Promotional photo/Rachel Hoff via the American Action Forum.