Both Ten Miles and 2Helena raise a legitimate point about an albatross in the State Republican Party platform about gays. As noted in the comments of 2Helena, the statute in question was found to be unconstitutional as applied to homosexual relations, but remains on the books for all other forms of so called "deviant sexual behavior." I commented on her site, and then lo and behold, as I am walking to the first tee last night, who should appear but Will Deschamps, chairman of the State Republican party. Taking advantage of the opportunity, mostly because I consider Will to be a friend, and with his position, someone who could do something about the situation, I addressed my concerns to him.
Will pointed out that if it is going to be changed, it has to be done at a platform meeting of a convention. The conventions are only held on even years, and the one for this year is already passed, but he said that what we need to do is to get the platform committee to eliminate that section. It is anachronistic, and an affront to small government conservatives in any event.
So, ladies and gentlemen, set your calendars and start writing your local Republican reps to inform them that we need to have this insulting language removed. While some may say that it should be in there, please explain to me how that is any different than a Democrat saying that I have to embrace someone's lifestyle. I reject all forms of coerced social engineering, but especially social engineering done under the auspices of the government. But mostly, everyone needs to remember that gays are people, and they have friends and family who are straight. To attack them with snide remarks or insults as we did when I was in junior high is unbecoming of mature human beings, and hurtful to them, their friends and family. We need to accept that they are who they are. And no, they aren't contagious.
Now, let's get to work.