RNC Rejects Anti-Gay Resolutions

TIME Magazine reports:

The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee quietly rejected a pair of resolutions critical of homosexuality Wednesday. The first resolution, introduced by embattled Michigan national committeeman Dave Agema, would have encouraged “schools that are teaching the homosexual lifestyle in their sexual education class also include the harmful physical aspects of the lifestyle.” The second, which would have encouraged Congress and states to pass laws in an effort to nullify June’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, was introduced by Louisiana national committeeman Ross Little, Jr. The Washington Blade first reported on the proposed resolutions over the weekend.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus has repeatedly called for Agema’s resignation over his inflammatory postings on social media.

  • Gustav2

    The Platform out of the Cleveland Convention will not be as explicit as the Agemas would like, but it will have plenty of ‘religious liberty’ dog whistles.

    • StraightGrandmother

      Oh I agree with you there.

    • Sk3ptic

      Yes, they’re learning (slowly) that coded homophobia works better in the court of public opinion. Like saying “government option” instead of “public option” when referring to the Affordable Care Act.

  • Okay, so they’re not *completely* insane, but they’ll still have all kinds of “religious liberty” crap I bet.

    • BearEyes

      Count on it – still anti-LBGT, just “nuanced”

      • SockMikey

        That don’t want it glaringly apparent on their party platform but many of them will work diligently for “religious freedom” rights in order to deny the rights of others.

  • JT

    Feeling a little chafed by the crazies you’ve been cultivating over the years, are we now, RNC?

  • Ninja0980

    The only outrage Reince and others have about folks like Dave Agema and Todd Akin is the fact they refused to keep their mouths shut about how the Republican party really feels about women and LGBT people.
    Don’t be fooled by this, the Republicans are still as anti-gay as they ever were.

    • Jeffg166

      It was rejected this time. It will be back.

      • clay

        It (is still / will be) in how many state GOP platforms?

    • Rambie

      Yes like Trump, he’s saying aloud what the GOP’ers really feel instead of hiding it.

    • Chucktech

      Maybe so, but it also looks like the few adults in the Republican party know that this is no longer a winning strategy, and of course, that’s the bottom line.

  • i kinda feel for Rinse. it’s gotta be hard, juggling all those egos and insane people and trying to make them look like a coherent party. even if i were a conservative, it’s a job i’d never take, no matter what the pay.

    • Reality.Bites

      As a black, lesbian woman it’s also a job you’d never be offered. 😉

      Note: I would not normally say “lesbian woman” since all lesbians are women, but I said in this case because both statuses on their own would prevent the job offer.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I have a feeling little Rinse gets his in the end for all his work. Wink wink.

      • Steverino

        Rinse Santorum?
        ; )

  • Mark

    Sow. Reap. Sow. Reap. Sow. Reap.

    If you sow hate, you reap hate.

    Monsanto would call it ‘cross’ contamination. The crazies would call it gawd’s work.

  • SockMikey

    Washington Blade Article that includes text of those resolutions

    Dave Agema/Reince Priebus again?

    In 2013, Agema faced calls to resign from the Republican National Committee after he posted extracts from an article entitled “Everyone Should Know These Statistics On Homosexuals” which said that homosexuals lived a “filthy lifestyle”, were responsible for 50 percent of U.S. murders and
    that many are pedophiles. Agema was rebuked by RNC chairman Reince Priebus, who drew a distinction between Republican policies on gay rights and the language used in Agema’s post, adding “all human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

  • DaveW

    This has risen to the level of mental illness. Get these crazy peo Let the help they need. Clearly this total obsession with other people can be cured???? It really makes no sense. I’m disgusted by the thought of two fat people doing it, but never think about it nor try to outlaw their existence!

  • StraightGrandmother

    Well that’s good.

  • KarenAtFOH

    A trip of a million, billion miles has to start with one step.

    • Bad Tom

      But it’s going to take a really loooong time.

  • rextrek1

    This Dave Agema character has ISSUES..deep seeded issues from long ago…I mean…just look at him…….you know he was a Major Looker in HIS DAY….no doubt a JOCK in HS, and College……who most likely did “many a thing” behind closed doors……kinda like Tab Hunter…..Im sure he got MANY A “BRO-JOB” back in his day……and at the same time treated women like objects.

    • Langalf

      Just to be pedantic, the idiom is “deep-seated” issues, not “deep seeded”.

      • SLK in SF

        Heh. “Deep seeded” sounds like BB porn.

      • RoFaWh

        That mistake is just another example of our brains being careless when choosing between homonyms. We all make them from time to time, and afaik the only way to be sure you don’t commit this mistake is to proofread several times before clicking “send” or “post”.

        This common phenomenon sheds some interesting light on the way the brain works. I don’t know what the academic brain research people think, however.

        If Rextrek1 had misspelled the word as “deep-sietet issues”, we’d be looking at a real misspelling.

  • You birthed that baby, suckled it, taught it to walk and talk, and now you get to try to teach it how to interact in polite society. Best of luck!

  • Queequeg

    Don’t be fooled. They still hate us. They just want to pretend to be reasonable.

  • Ginger Snap

    “Harmful physical aspects of the lifestyle” you mean like getting fag bashed by bigots?

  • Traxley Launderette

    Here in MI, Agema has been flinging the crazy since he wrote constant inflammatory letters to the editor of the Grand Rapids Press over 20 years ago. He hasn’t adjusted his message a bit, and his party has let him run amok all this time because he speaks to a sizable number of donors. The RNC created this monster, and no matter how many times they flush, he stubbornly floats back to the surface.

    • MileHighJoe

      Agema is why they invented the term gay-face.

  • leastyebejudged

    I’d call this significant progress.

  • BobSF_94117

    Well, the appearance of increasing moderation has been created.

    Mission accomplished. Give the squirrel an extra nut or two…

  • The “leadership” of the party understands the problem. The base does not. You can see from the statements of the candidates that short term success in the polls is being put ahead of the long-term interest of the party. (Sort of like corporations doing stupid things for the quarterly statement that harm the company in the long term.) Understandable but deadly. Priebus is fighting a losing battle at this time. Look for these issues and others to be introduced at the convention and probably passing.

  • I expect this to become the trend, the RNC is going to want
    to slowly distance itself from the anti-gay activists. The anti-gay activists can protest and stop their foot but honestly there isn’t much they can do short of moving on to a third party and they won’t do that because they know that the moment they do that they have lost the GOP completely and they can’t afford that
    at all.

    • RoFaWh

      I’m not so sure your analysis is correct. One characteristic of the anti-gays (which could just as well be called the Tea Party) is their disconnection from reality. They often behave and speak as though they think that they are a majority of the population, not just one faction out of many.

      They (the haters and tea people) are fairly stupid and might very well all rush off to a third party thinking that disconnecting from the GOP infrastructure won’t make any difference. (Of course, it might not make any difference at all!, confounding both you and me.)

  • 2karmanot

    Poor ole’ Rinced Penis and his circus of Krazy Klowns.

  • billbear1961

    What? :O

    Must be some kind of trick!

    Has Perkkkins heard yet?

    I haven’t heard his head explode!

    *cups paw to ear*

  • Robert Conner

    Reince has introduced a platform plank requiring parents to be sober for at least 24 hours before naming a baby.

  • JCF

    Why, next thing you’ll tell us is that the RNC is ready to endorse gay domestic partnerships! :-/