This is great.
U.S. Rep Tammy Baldwin, currently running for a Wisconsin Senate seat, is four points ahead of her Republican rival, Tommy Thompson. An NBC/WSJ/Marist poll shows that 49% of voters prefer Baldwin, whose win would make her the first openly gay person to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
Stuff like this should give hope to anyone who believes that the bigoted, homophobic America that Republicans represent is anything other than an isolated one and not representative of the country as a whole. There are good, tolerant, open-minded people out there but few of them will be voting Republican this November.
And a note on my illustration above. The standard response from gay Republicans is that they are not one dimensional people. They’ll tell you that gay conservatives are also concerned about the economy, smaller government, lower taxes, foreign policy and other issues dear to Republicans. Fine, I get that part…but it’s the rest of it that I really struggle with. How, I ask, can any gay or lesbian support a political party that represents the very essence of homophobic intolerance? How?
The Republican Party wants a constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriage unlawful. The Republican Party has a base that views gays and lesbians as sexual perverts and would like to see them all in therapy where they promise that ‘the gay‘ can be cured.
If I was gay, those two facts alone trump any other conservative principle I might hold. End of story.
I cannot think of a more self-loathing individual than a gay Republican.
Contributor John Liming discusses the Boy Scouts of America decision to remain a homophobic organization.
The ban on Gays in the ranks appears to have been reaffirmed by the iconic Boy Scouts Of America organization according to reports I have read as recently as 11 hours ago.
I guess this is one fire that someone has ignited that might have far-reaching implications… and maybe even consequences. We will have to be patient and see how this all plays out.
It looks like some of the leaders in the Boy Scout hierarchy feel that their decision to continue the ban on Gays enjoys what they refer to as “Broad Support” and some other observers have apparently concluded the move is based in part, at least, on the influence of a couple of major Church Organizations.
Well, here is some news for The Boy Scouts Of America!
This is one blogger that does not support intolerance in an organization that has always been known for it’s efforts at “Character Building.”
Anti-Gay discrimination might set well with Bible Thumpers and other members of the hallelujah crowd – - – and with the Far Right Wing nut cases, but to me it is totally Anti-American and I do not subscribe to it.
So, until and unless The Boy Scouts of America relents on their position, I for one, will never spend a cent of my money in support of any of their causes.
I guess that is my right as a Citizen!
John Liming publishes The Liming Liberal Democrat.