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.