Saturday, September 08, 2012

Queer Quote: Barney Frank Shames Gay Republicans

Rep. Barney Frank said the following about the curious case of gay Republicans who support the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.
"Frankly I’ve been appalled to see the Log Cabin club, in the face of this worse and worse record on public policy by Republicans on our issues. Mr. Cooper said, ‘Well at least they’re not saying bad things about us.' That’s just extraordinary. Again, 30 years ago when we were emerging from the vice of prejudice, I understood that. But no, we shouldn’t be accepting a kind of second class citizenship, [and saying], ‘You can treat us badly as long you don’t yell at us.’ 
"They’re accepted on [the GOP's] terms. They’re willing to be accepted with no rights -- no right to marry, no right to serve in the military, no right to be protected against hate crimes, no right to be protected in employment. I’ll be honest: For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse. I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom."
This is pretty harsh, but is it really untrue? I understand that in order to fully advance LGBT equality it can not be seen as a partisan issue, but there are some basic principles that one can not compromise on, and one of those are basic civil rights of gay people: equal treatment under the law. If Log Cabin Republicans are not willing to apply these principles, then they are indeed vulnerable to all the criticism they get.

What do you think?

1 comment:

Carter said...

Log Cabin Republicans are marginalized both within their party, as well as by the LGBT community in general.
Have you ever tried to have a civil conversation with a member?
Not worth your time and effort.
And the irony is that throughout their existence, their Party has become more right-wing in the process, further separating them from the real world.
A true waste of time and money.


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