A freshman member of Congress says he is against laws designed to protect employees from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation because being gay is a choice. Another member argues that such laws are unnecessary because people are never fired because they are gay.
A candidate for President comes out against marriage equality or even civil unions that provide the same protections as marriage to gay people.
A local prosecutor who is gay is denied a a judgeship because he is gay. Civil unions for same-sex couples in a state are defeated even though a majority of both houses of the state legislature and the Governor support such unions.
What do all of these things have in common? The answer is that they all reflect the views or actions of Republicans, members of the GOP (Guaradians of Plutocracy). And that raises the question why any self-respecting gay person would support the Republican party?
Look, I’m not trying to be blatantly partisan in this posting. Certainly there are some Republicans who are not homophobic bigots. Some have even been critical in blocking anti-gay legislation. Having said this, it’s been obvious for a long time that most Republicans and the Republican party more broadly have no use for gay people. So my question to you is why any thinking gay person would support the Republican party?
I’ve been trying to answer that question for a long time and about the only answer I can come up with is that gay Republicans are people with high incomes who want to pay lower taxes and, like Judas Iscariot, are willing to sell out for thirty pieces of silver. Harsh? Perhaps. But I honestly can’t think of any other reason unless we assume gay Republicans are basically masochists who derive some kind of pleasure from being mistreated and abused. If you can think of a reason, please let me know. I really do want to understand where these people are coming from.
I should hasten to add that not voting Republican doesn’t imply that one has to vote Democratic. To be honest, my views of the Democrats are not the fondest. But wake up and smell the roses people. You have a political party that hates you and will do everything it can to prevent you from ever enjoying the same rights other Americans enjoy. Why would you want to support that kind of party?