Lorence Wenke is a very well known Republican legislator in the state of Michigan, having served three terms in the House. He’s now running for a seat in the state Senate, but he’s running as a Libertarian because he’s appalled by the GOP’s anti-gay politics.
Wenke cited two reasons for leaving the party – the first being its treatment of gays and lesbians.
‘The Republican Party leads the movement in Kalamazoo County, our state, and in our nation to discriminate against our gay family members, friends and neighbors,’ Wenke said in a statement outlining his reasons for leaving the party made public five days ago.
‘I support the constitutional right of our gay family members to enjoy the same rights as our heterosexual family members. In 2004, I was one of two Republican legislators out of 63 to vote against the addition of the Marriage Protection Amendment to Michigan’s Constitution.
‘I was the only legislator to call it what it is – discrimination against our gay brothers and sisters. At that time, three local Republican legislators with gay brothers never said a word in support of gay rights. I challenge them with this question: “If you will not stand up for your own family members, who will you stand up for?”’Wenke called Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and his lieutenant governor out on the issue, accusing them of political cowardice.
‘Governor Snyder and Lt. Gov. Calley are not willing to publicly take a position for or against gay rights. I can only assume it is because they fear the political consequences,’ Wenke said.
‘Republicans have encouraged many of our churches to support political efforts to discriminate against gays by condemning them for what they perceive as a sinful lifestyle choice. These same people often ignore the clear teachings of Jesus and Paul stating that remarriage after divorce is committing adultery. If the church required divorced members to live a celibate, single life, there would be fewer divorces and presumably marriage would be protected and valued.’
Good for him.