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  •  Some serious amount of self loathing right there (15+ / 0-)
    So you really have to wonder how guys like Tisei and DeMaio feel, not only about getting dumped on by a top party leader, but about the fact that Forbes is walking away apparently unpunished for his prejudice. Then again, it's not like gay Republicans don't already know what their party is really like.
    I really have to wonder what the deal is with gay republicans.  First they're openly admitting to being gay in a party that not just hates gays but has tried for years to relegate gay people to second class citizens, even denying them equal rights.  I mean, don't they know they can't admit to being gay in public?  Look at Lindsay Graham, he's had a successful career despite being one of the most eligible bachelors in DC all these years.  They really need to keep that to themselves and keep their gayness in airport bathroom stalls in order to be part of the GOP.  

    Then they're confronted with this kind of open hostility where one of the party leaders dumps on them.  Or when CPAC kicks them out.  Or when various prominent right leaning pols equate homosexuality with bestiality and so on.  Log Cabin Republicans is like an oxymoron and a sad joke as far as I'm concerned.  Even Andrew Sullivan saw the light (sort of).  

    I just do not get it.  These must be very sick individuals to decide to join a party that denigrates the very essence of who they are.  It's like they've sold their very souls for what, political advancement?  Unfortunately that's not likely.  Wealth?  There are plenty of gay Democrats and they're doing quite well.  

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 05:21:37 AM PST

    •  Let the BUTTHURT FLOW! (3+ / 0-)

      C'mon, GOP! You can do better than that!

      You've already alienated women, poor people (but not enough to break their Stockholm Syndrome) and now gays.

      You need to push your disdain of educated folks harder and finally embrace your White Southern "Heritage" and kick all the folks of color off your island.

      Seriously, get cracking!

      Bigotry, prejudice and social "conservatism" always fail. Always.FloydA

      by Simolean on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 06:42:54 AM PST

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    •  Some gays are simply conservative. (8+ / 0-)

      What else are they going to do if they're pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, anti-SS and Medicare, anti-ACA, for lower taxes on the top income brackets, etc.?  Joining Democrats is out of the question.

      I should know, I'm married to one.

      One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

      by AUBoy2007 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 06:50:57 AM PST

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    •  Not so much self-loathing as economic extremist (3+ / 0-)
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      You've got a fair few gay folk who are so steroidally Ayn Rand that nothing, not even a bunch of bigoted religious loonies, will stop them.

      More generally, I think if the Republican Party would ever take the approach to gay rights that, say, the British Tories have, you'd very quickly see gay voters split 50-50 between the two parties.  There's a lot of work to be done on convincing particularly gay male voters of the value of center left policies in general.  You've got the same gender gap in income in the gay world as the straight world, and men are on the Republican side of that gap.

      •  My take is... (3+ / 0-)

        ...that gay men do tend to be more liberal on economic issues than our heterosexual counterparts.  A good part of the reason for that was likely the AIDS crisis, which forced a lot of formerly middle class gay men onto government aid in order to receive any medical care, especially back in the eighties and nineties.

        So the result is that I don't believe that gay voters would split 50-50 -- but you're almost certainly right that the split would become closer than it currently is.

        That said, I have to say that gay candidates -- and even openly gay Republican congressmembers -- aren't going to impress me much until the day comes that the Republican party can drum up enough support for gay rights to at least promise ENDA a vote in the House with a reasonable amount of Republican support.

        I'm sorry, but a party that claims that being able to fire gay employees is "religious freedom" is not a party that deserves any support from gay voters.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 07:34:48 AM PST

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    •  Meanwhile, in other news... (2+ / 0-)
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      Associated Press, Boston and San Diego: Former Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio have signed a joint press release, announcing that both are resigning from GOP – and registering as Democrats.

      Tisei and DeMaio urge all LBGT Americans, as well as their friends and family members, to vote for the Democratic Party in 2014 and 2016. And to keep doing so until the Republican Part clearly indicates it will support equal rights regardless of sexual orientation – or until Hell freezes over. Whichever comes first.

      “The meaning of life is to find it.”

      by ArcticStones on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 07:27:54 AM PST

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