October 6, 2006


For gay Republicans, these are uneasy times: Some think the GOP is becoming increasingly hostile toward them (MAURA REYNOLDS and JENNY JARVIE, 10/06/06, Los Angeles Times)

"Obviously, the far right has kind of got a stranglehold on the Republican Party," said Paul Koering, a Republican state senator from Minnesota who acknowledged his homosexuality last year. "The very first time I ran, I literally almost made myself sick worrying about somebody finding out I was gay."

Congress has three openly gay members. Only one is a Republican — Jim Kolbe of Arizona, who is retiring after the November election.

One reason for the secrecy, homosexual Republicans say, is that their party has grown more hostile to gays in recent years. The trend began with the 2002 midterm elections, when GOP leaders used religious conservative groups' opposition to same-sex marriage to drive voter turnout.

For those groups, which consider homosexuality a deviant lifestyle, perhaps no issue riles their membership more.

"While pro-homosexual activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two," Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a message to supporters.

As the Foley dust-up demonstrates, the problem is actually that the party leadership is too tolerant.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 6, 2006 8:49 AM
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