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GOP Platform Promises ‘Respect and Dignity,’ Discrimination

Adam Serwer writes about the various planks in the Republican party platform that deal with LGBT rights and points out the contradiction inherent in promising “respect and dignity” for gay people while demanding discrimination against them on multiple fronts.

The GOP platform for 2012 calls for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and affirms the party’s support for the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in the states. (The Obama administration has ceased to defend the law, arguing that part of it is unconstitutional.) Unironically railing against “government control over the lives of its citizens in all aspects,” this section of the platform also states that “the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard” through “laws governing marriage.” However, at the end of the paragraph explaining the party’s position, the platform states, “We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.” So instead of same-sex marriage rights, same-sex couples will get “respect and dignity,” which is apparently not something they’re supposed to expect normally.

As I reported yesterday, the GOP platform also decries efforts by the Obama administration to oppose laws in African countries that criminalize homosexuality. Some of the legislation being proposed would include prison time and even execution as punishment for homosexuality, but the GOP platform says the Obama administration of “imposing” the “homosexual rights agenda” on “the peoples of Africa” by trying to change them. The GOP’s “respect and dignity” agenda for gay people apparently doesn’t include preventing them from being executed or imprisoned outside of the US.

And when the platform does express some concern for equal and civil rights, it is only for “advocates of traditional marriage,” who are, according to this ridiculous platform, facing horrible persecution. In fact, they demand a federal investigation into “attempts to deny religious believers their civil rights.” The right inhabits an Orwellian world where white male Christians are the only ones truly discriminated against.

Comments

  1. Didaktylos says

    I think the way it works is that only “real people” can be discriminated against. Only white male Christians are “real people” so unless it happens to them it isn’t discrimination.

  2. Chiroptera says

    Yeah, “respect and dignity” are the first things that come to mind when I think of the Republican Party!

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    Adam Serwer writes about the various planks in the Republican party platform that deal with LGBT rights and points out the contradiction inherent in promising “respect and dignity” for gay people while demanding discrimination against them on multiple fronts.

    The other thing that came to my mind when I saw the OP’s title was the vile and inexcusable things they were saying about women during their campaigns.

  3. blf says

    Only rich white male Christians who secretly fund the thugs, deny AGW, are impoverished by taxes, and need guns & the military to enlarge their penis are “real people”…

    Fixed.

  4. John Hinkle says

    Let’s see:

    Get the government out of our lives… except of course gay people’s lives.

    Get the government out of African people’s lives… except the lives of gay people over there.

    And women: get back in your place.

    And oh by the way, we’re all for respect and dignity for everyone. And freedom and justice for all. And spring flowers, moms, Sundays, and apple pie too!

    I guess words don’t have much meaning in the GOP platform.

  5. Rando says

    #4
    You forgot they are also in favor of a “smaller” government, except when they want to be knee deep in a woman’s vagina, her medical decisions, and the marital lives of homosexuals.

  6. Michael Heath says

    This ability to claim one thing and act the opposite is a defining evangelical and fundamentalist Christian attribute. It has now become an attribute of the Republican party. An attribute caused by the conflation of conservatism and evangelical/fundamentalist Christianity as the two movements merged over the course of the last five to six decades.

    This attribute really helps the financial constituents of the Republican party because it has their voting base lapping up plutocratic lies about how claiming to stand for one thing, say fiscal responsibility, justifies the GOP’s support of policies which are fiscally reckless – ‘justifies’ in Republican eyes that is where it appears independents and certainly the media also accept this justification.

  7. blorf says

    I have seem mutually contradictory concepts, even within the same plank, but this is a trifecta isn’t it? They want to Jim Crow you respectfully with less government intervention?

  8. alanb says

    Under a Romney administration gay people will be allowed to live in the same communities as normal people and even be allowed to drink from the same water fountains*. How much respect and dignity do they want? Some People are never satisfied.

    *Offer available to U.S. residents only.

  9. says

    The question for me is why the state is involved in marriage at all. Meaning the government period. Let alone the Federal Government. Why should a marriage couple receive tax breaks that a gay or non-married couple do not get? Does not seem just to me…

  10. says

    Rando “You forgot they are also in favor of a ‘smaller’ government, except when they want to be knee deep in a woman’s vagina, her medical decisions, and the marital lives of homosexuals.”
    Now you’re just being ridiculous. They’re up to the hip. Maybe even the navel.

  11. caseloweraz says

    John Hinkle (#4):

    Yes, there’s lots of cognitive dissonance in this platform isn’t there?

    I am reminded of two young Arab men I saw interviewed on TV a few years back. “We too wish peace, for all the peoples of the world,” one said. His companion added, smiling, “Along with this we will destroy Israel. Israel has no right to exist.” The first nodded and smiled in agreement.

  12. lofgren says

    This is such a funny coincidence to me, because much like the Republican party, my boyfriend and I use “respect and dignity” as codewords for our hardcore S&M sex play.

  13. eric says

    @9:

    Why should a marriage couple receive tax breaks that a gay or non-married couple do not get?

    I believe the standard argument is that the modern state has an interest not in marriage per se, but in promoting stable, productive, responsible citizens. People who get married are more likely to settle down, buy a house, become more community and civic-minded, they are generally healthier, etc., etc.

    In short, the state encourages marriage because it appears to lead to other behaviors the state wants people to do.

    Now, you can respond to that argument with a big fat raspberry and the obvious question – ‘why should the state be doing that sort of social engineering at all?’ I’d mostly agree with that response. My point in making this post is not to defend the standard argument, its just to tell you what it is.

  14. kagekiri says

    You know what’s horrible? My 1st generation Asian immigrant parents SAY THE SAME CRAP!

    “Oh, the Republican party was so brave to stand up to those thuggish gay people by standing against abortion and against gay marriage! Look how officially they’re standing for righteousness, they’re really committed!”

    I wanted to scream or laugh or cry at the absurdity of that worldview, but dammit, there was company, and I was raised to respect my parents in front of company, despite their continuing descent into Republican-induced brain-death.

    So yeah, not just rich white men. Middle-class Asian people of both genders can fall for this crap too. Though I guess their religious fundamentalism probably doesn’t help them resist the shitty combination of religious and conservative values.

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