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Friday, September 03, 2004

Keyes Embarrassing the National Review:

From the corner:

I cringe every time I see this guy now. Here he is ripping into Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, calling her a "selfish hedonist." What's the point of this, except to make the Republican Party look like a bunch of Pharisaical fools? When he first announced for this race, I thought he was a shameless opportunist, but at least he'd make the race intellectually interesting. Now I'm thinking that he's going to be a continuing source of embarrassment for conservatives. First he came out for slavery reparations, now he's calling the vice president's daughter a hooch. What's strike three going to be? Wait, don't tell me, I don't want to know.

Illinois Family Council's Peter LaBarbera Supports Keyes' Comments


Thursday, September 02, 2004

Keyes sticks his foot in it

From the transcript (via Americablog). Audio here.

"Now, Vice President Cheney, of course, has a daughter. She is gay. He used the word gay. He says he has a gay daughter, he seems very proud of his gay daughter. It seems like real family values and certainly seems like preserving the American family. Is his family un-American?"

"No, the point of the matter is that marriage as an institution involves procreation. It is in principle impossible for homosexuals to procreate, therefore they cannot marry. It is a simple logical syllogism and one can wish all one might, but pigs don’t fly and we can’t change the course of nature."

"One can wish that Bob and Liddy Dole would have a child but that’s just impossible."

"Pigs can’t fly. That is incidental and point of fact Bob and Liddy Dole can have children. They incidentally face problems that prevent them from doing so. In principle…"

"Don’t homosexuals incidentally face problems too?"

"No, you don’t understand the difference between incident and essence. Homosexuals are essentially incapable of procreation. They cannot mate. They are not made to do so. Therefore the idea of marriage for two such individuals is an absurdity"

"But one or the other in the couple can procreate?"

"No the men can donate their sperm, the women can have babies. The definition of understanding of marriage is that two become one flesh. In the child, the two transcend their persons and unite together to become a new individual. That can only be done through procreation and conception."

"But what about a heterosexual couple who cannot bear children and then adopt. They are not becoming one as flesh, they are taking someone else’s flesh."

"They are adopting the paradigm of family life. But the essence of that family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it is possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism. This is unacceptable."

"So Mary Cheney is a selfish hedonist, is that it?"

"Of course she is. That goes by definition. Of course she is."

"I don’t think Dick Cheney would like to hear that about his daughter."

"He may or may not like to hear the truth, but it can be spoken."

"Do you really believe that Mary Cheney..."

"By definition. A homosexual engages in the exchange of mutual pleasure. I actually object to the notion that we call it sexual relations because it is nothing of the kind."

"What is it?"

"It is the mutual pursuit of pleasure through the stimulation of the organs intended for procreation, but it has nothing to do with sexuality because they are of the same sex. And with respect to them, the sexual difference does not exist there, and therefore are not having sexual relations.

"Mr. Keyes, then how can you support President Bush then, because if something were to happen to him the President would be Dick Cheney, who has a daughter who you say is a hedonist, and a selfish hedonist, and the President would be supporting that at that point?"

"It seems to me that we are supporting a ticket that is committed to the kinds of things that are necessary to defend this country and we are all united in that support in spite of what might be differences on issues here and there."

This was covered on the McConnell and Rosenbaum show on AM1500 this morning, and I was a special guest. They read several of Keyes statements. They read this particular quote on the air:

It is the mutual pursuit of pleasure through the stimulation of the organs intended for procreation, but it has nothing to do with sexuality because they are of the same sex.

They commented sarcastically they didn't know anyone who would do this...... I had lots of fun answering questions - most which were about what Log Cabin Republicans is going to do about the Bush endorsement. I told them that Bush is jeopardizing endorsement by trying to marginalize a part of the American family for political gain.

I call out Michelle Bachmann

From Doug Grow's Column:

These are especially difficult times for gay and lesbian Republicans. The party's platform not only calls for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex civil marriage, but it also opposes most benefits for same-sex couples. It appears to oppose same-sex couples raising children.

". . .We believe that neither federal nor state judges and bureaucrats should force states to recognize other living arrangements as equivalent to marriage," the platform reads in part. "We believe, and the social science confirms, that the well-being of children is best accomplished in the environment of the home, nurtured by their mother and father anchored by the bonds of marriage. . ."

Eva Young, president of the Minnesota chapter, expressed anger and sadness with her party.

"So now we see the religious right's true agenda," Young said in a statement. "This was never about protecting marriage, but about discriminating against a class of people."

Log Cabin Republicans, Young said, had hoped the party platform committee at the Republican National Convention would reflect a moderate tone.

"The Republican Party has to make a choice," she said. "We can be the party of Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger or we can be the party of Jerry Falwell, Rick Santorum, Pat Buchanan, Alan Quist and Michele Bachmann."

Moderation has never seemed further away.

For example, Bachmann, a socially conservative Republican state senator from Stillwater, showed a total disconnect between the party's platform and the Log Cabin Republican's concerns.

"I invite Log Cabin Republicans to unite behind reelecting George W. Bush as our president," Bachmann said in a statement in response to the Log Cabin statement. ". . . Protecting marriage is the mainstream position of the average Minnesotan, whether Republican or Democrat, which is why I encourage Minnesotans of all political persuasions to support President Bush's reelection."

Bachmann's amendment does NOTHING to protect marriage and everything to write discrimination against gays into the state constitution. I'll be writing a letter to the editor, inviting Senator Bachmann to a debate over the future direction of the Republican party.

Grow's interview with Dennis Sanders, Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota's VP of Public Relations was excellent. Dennis represented Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota very well.

Dennis Sanders, a vice president of Minnesota's Log Cabin Republicans, said he doubts that many gays and lesbians will take up Bachmann's call to support the president. He believes the party's anti-gay stridency will cost Bush as many as 1 million votes -- and perhaps the election.

Certainly, he won't support the Republican ticket this year. But he will continue to consider himself a Republican and continue to push for party change.

"The party stands for certain values that I believe in," Sanders said. "I believe in fiscal responsibility and limited government. But I don't believe government should be poking its nose into who I fall in love with."

Sanders, 34, is used to being isolated. He is gay, black, a minister -- and Republican.

"I must like being an odd duck," he said. "It's good to defy everyone's stereotypes.

Remarkably, coming out as a Republican was more difficult than coming out as gay, Sanders said. When he stopped hiding his sexual identity at age 22, there was a support group waiting to help him. When he became an active Republican a few years ago, there was a lot of silence.

He wasn't exactly embraced by Republicans, and his gay friends were perplexed.

"We [Log Cabin Republicans] get grief from gay activists," Sanders said. "It's hard for them to understand that we're on the same side in fighting for equal rights. I just don't believe you should have to have only one choice of a political party if you believe in equal rights."

It is Sanders' Christian faith (he's a Disciples of Christ associate pastor at Lake Harriet Church in south Minneapolis) that carries him.

"The faith I was brought up in is based on justice, equality and love," he said.

Somewhere, he also got a few lessons about fighting lonely fights.

Sanders has a weblog well worth reading: Moderate Republican.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Bigotry wins in Florida Primary

Via Independent Gay Forum:

Hate Wins in Florida

Sadly, after running a campaign loaded with virulent gay bashing, former HUD Secretary and trial lawyer Mel Martinez has won the GOP Senate primary in Florida.
As reported by the Sun-Sentinel, Martinez accused his opponent, former conservative GOP Congressman Bill McCollum, of being "the new darling of the homosexual extremists" and "anti-family," and of trying to appease "the radical homosexual lobby" by supporting a bipartisan federal hate-crimes bill that included "sexual orientation."

In response, the St. Petersburg Times reversed its prior endorsement of Martinez, citing his campaign's "sleazy, homophobic advertisements" and saying "Martinez took his campaign into the gutter with hateful and dishonest attacks.... The Times is not willing to be associated with bigotry. As a result, we are taking the almost unprecedented step of rescinding our recommendation of Martinez."

But the editorially liberal Miami Herald shamed itself by sticking with its primary endorsement of Martinez, no doubt with an eye on the paper's large Cuban-American readership. Imagine, liberals selling out gays to appease an ethnic minority -- who could imagine!
-- Stephen H. Miller

McCollum referred to the Martinez attacks as "homophobic" during a candidate debate, and asked voters to reject the politics of "bigotry" during the waning hours of the campaign.

Martinez's anti-gay flyer should be reprinted and put in the gay press in Florida the week before the election.

That's the only way to punish candidates who hope to use anti-gay tactics for political gain.

If Martinez's staffers went overboard on this piece of literature, and put it out without his approval, they should be fired for doing so.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Sullivan comments on Deal Hudson and Governor McGreevey

SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Then there were the predictable surprises. A closeted gay man trying to pretend he's straight eventually breaks down and reveals the truth under threat of blackmail from a lover. How many times has that happened? Worse, NcGreevey tried to spin it as an advance for gay rights. Nope. What the gay rights movement is trying to achieve is an end to these kinds of decptions and lies and phony marriages. Then a prominent moralist, a man who has aggressively denied any distinction between private morals and public lives, a theocon much beloved by the National Review crowd, turns out to have had a checkered past. Again: big surprise.

I hope Sullivan will comment more on Deal Hudson - and also names him.