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Texas GOP: Yes to Hitting Kids and Discriminating, No to Voting Rights, Thinking, the Dune Sage Brush Lizard and the Gays

Texas GOP: Yes to Hitting Kids and Discriminating, No to Voting Rights, Thinking, the Dune Sage Brush Lizard and the Gays

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Abby Zimet

 

Opting to ignore reality as most of us know it, the newly released, truly astonishing Republican Party of Texas’ platform opposes "all efforts of the extreme environmental groups that stymie legitimate business interests," calls for abolishing the Voting Rights Act and EPA, rejects affirmative action as making race "a divisive force in American life," declares that homosexuality "tears at the fabric of society" and defines marriage as "a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman," AND opposes "the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority." Later, a  spokesman said the critical thinking part was actually "an oversight," so go ahead and think if you want, but obviously not homo thoughts.

From the platform:

 

We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the sanctity of marriage. We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a natural woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married. We advocate the repeal of laws that place an unfair tax burden on families. We call upon Congress to completely remove the marriage penalty in the tax code, whereby a married couple receives a smaller standard deduction than their unmarried counterparts living together. The primary family unit consists of those related by blood, heterosexual marriage, or adoption. The family is responsible for its own welfare, education, moral training, conduct, and property.

We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable "alternative" lifestyle, in public policy, nor should "family" be redefined to include homosexual "couples." We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.

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