Anti-Gay Stance Still Enshrined In Majority Of State GOP Platforms

This is why I believe whatever some GOP may say, it’s all so much hot air. Nothing’s going to change for them.

WASHINGTON — As support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals grows in the GOP, the official stance of the Republican Party remains rooted in opposition to those rights. The party’s national platform, written in 2012, comes out strongly against LGBT equality and even calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

For the most part, the same remains true at the state level. According to a count by The Huffington Post, only seven states plus the District of Columbia have no mention of opposition to same-sex marriage or other rights for LGBT individuals in their party platforms. Fourteen states appear to go by the national platform, leaving 29 other states with their own platforms that oppose gay rights.

Oklahoma’s platform, for example, opposes “the elimination of laws against sodomy” and asserts that being gay is a “chosen lifestyle,” not a “genetic trait” — a claim that is disputed by top medical organizations. Texas’ platform states that “the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit.”

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