09 June 2009

Homo Got A Gun

Okay, so there's this new Gay Republican group, because the Log Cabin group just wasn't self-loathing enough, to serve the needs of extreme wingnuts who also happen to be gay, which is great, because, hey, it's America!  Um, anyway, so they call themselves "GOProud," because "I hate myself I hate myself I hate myself!" was apparently taken.  Here's the intro to their platform:


The so-called "gay agenda" is defined by the left through a narrow prism of legislative goals. While hate crimes and employment protections may be worthy goals, there are many other important priorities that receive little attention from the gay community. GOProud's agenda emphasizes conservative and libertarian principles that will improve the daily lives of all Americans, but especially gay and lesbian Americans.

Uhhu...hrm.  Right, because conservative principles have gotten us SO FAR already.  You can read their whole dingus platform by clicking above.  (Fair warning -- there's mention of the "death tax," which doesn't exist, except for when it's called the "estate tax," which taxes the inheritors of the estates of the extremely wealthy, which they didn't do an effing thing to earn anyway, but blarg blarg whine anyway!)  Basically, the group is trying to take normal, crappy GOP talking points, dress them up in faaaaabulous drag, &c.  Whatever.

So, the point of this post, though, is that GOProud is now sliding up next to such gay-friendly civil rights luminaries as Tom Coburn (R-OK) and John Thune (R-SD) in order to make it easier for gays to, um, shoot people.  Truly, homo say what?

One month after successfully tucking an amendment into the credit card reform bill that expanded gun rights, a small number of Senate Republicans are looking at the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as another chance to score a victory for the Second Amendment. The possible plan — to add an amendment that would allow gun owners to carry their weapons from one state to another in accordance with concealed carry laws. The possible rationale — to defend gay rights.

“It makes sense for a group of people who would be protected by hate crime legislation to support something that would let them defend themselves before or after the crime,” said one Republican Senate aid familiar with the discussions. “It’s relevant, and we want to work together with gay groups to get the message out.”

While the aide described the discussions over a gun rights amendment to the hate crimes bill as “very fluid,” conservative and pro-gun rights gay groups outside of the Senate are ready to make a real push for it. GOProud, a new gay rights group that broke away from the Log Cabin Republicans in April, has talked with top staffers for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) about how to make the civil rights case for conceal and carry reciprocity.

“We support this because we think it’s advantageous to make it legal and relatively easy for gay people to arm themselves so they can protect themselves,” said Jimmy LaSilva, who became the executive director of GOProud after three years working on policy for the Log Cabin Republicans. “In the next few weeks we want to start highlighting some of those stories. There are people who have averted gay bashings because of their ability to use guns.”

Right, so this doesn't actually have jack to do with gay rights or protecting gays, but it has a lot to do with advancing the same old tired GOP crap.  Do they think that Republican gays are that stupid?  (Don't answer that.)

So anyway!  Sneaky!  Because gays didn't already have equal gun ri...oh wait, that's one thing we DO have.

Well, shit.  

Just to illustrate how truly self-loathing the GOProud people really are, let's check in with Tom Coburn's views on gay people:

For Coburn, the imminent danger facing America is apparently not terrorism but the "gay agenda." His thumping about this menace within contributed to the pressure that led to Bush's endorsement of a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage. At a Republican meeting this spring, Coburn warned: "The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power ... That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today. Why do you think we see the rationalization for abortion and multiple sexual partners? That's a gay agenda."

Yeah, he's VERY GOProud.  

John Thune, of course, was the senator who said that for Obama to nominate a gay justice to the Supreme Court would be "a bridge too far," whatever the hell that means.

Regardless, this is not healthy behavior, GOProud people.  These people are not your friends.  Stop trying to make them love you.  Wingnuts are not love.  You deserve more than that.  WE CAN'T HELP YOU IF YOU WON'T HELP YOURSELF!

(h/t Right Wing Watch, for like half of it)

UPDATE:  Oh, look, I missed this, but last week the head of GOProud was also signing onto a petition, along with the biggest gay-haters of them all, calling for the filibuster of Sonia Sotomayor.  I fail to see how this fits in with their stated aim to bring conservative goals and GLBT goals into alignment.  What, can two minorities not coexist or something?  Morons.




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