Republicans and LGBQTI People: They Just Don’t Like Us

There’s such a gulf between conservatives who are genuinely thoughtful, intelligent, even eloquent on occasion when it comes to LGBQTI issues, just with whose views I vehemently disagree and find reprehensible. Those (in the political realm, only — if we were to extend this conversation into American society as a whole, or — gads! — globally, I’d be working on a monograph) who represent the former include my own Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) (with whom I share an alma mater, to its credit), Ken Mehlman (former campaign manager for George W. Bush), even Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). These men (and note — they are all men, though this list is hardly comprehensive) seem to actually take the time to think about the legal and ethical issues regarding LGBTQI rights and issues that our community encounters on a daily basis. I find their views misguided, persecutory, self-righteous and arrogant on a host of issues, yet when it comes to LGBTQI issues, they at least have shown a willingness to consider our issues. Small potatoes, yes — as the need for LGBTQI equality is as self-evident as requiring equal pay for women.

But the GOP has another side — the dark side, if you will, with which its aforementioned influential individuals must continually grapple. There are the obvious Know-Nothing enthusiasts like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, of course. And then there’s presidential hopeful (why, I don’t know) and lunatic Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX):

Cruz’s linking of campaigning for LGBTQIA rights and equality with a fictional war with Islam is not only factionally inaccurate, but historically and culturally laughable. What Cruz demonstrates is illiteracy in its most dangerous form — a form which the GOP has flirted dangerously toward — an unawareness of the past and its consequences. Beyond that, Cruz betrays something he shares with even his better-informed colleagues, both in the Senate and the Republican Party as a whole: a lack of empathy.

~ by Benji on April 11, 2015.

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