Saturday, September 18, 2010
The rightwing fringe of the GOP is certifiable. Case in point, the Montana Republican Party adopted an official platform in June that keeps in place a long-held position in support of making all homosexual acts illegal, a policy the state GOP adopted after the Montana Supreme Court struck down such laws thirteen years ago in 1997.
Gay rights have been slowly advancing nationwide since the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 struck down Texas’ sodomy law. Gay marriage is now allowed in five states and Washington, D.C. (President Obama is quick to point out he opposes marriage equality based on his religious beliefs), a Federal court in California recently ruled the Clinton-era military policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is unconstitutional, and even a conservative tea party group in Montana ousted its president over an anti-gay exchange on Facebook.
Montana Human Rights Network organizer Kim Abbott said the Republican platform statement does not represent the attitudes of most Montanans, and shows the party is out of touch with the prevalent view of the people they supposedly represent.