D Gregory Smith

Montana Republicans Are Officially Homophobes And Bigots

Filed By D Gregory Smith | July 01, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Bigotry, cowboys, Facebook, homophobic behavior, ignorance, Montana

Alex beat me to the punch in breaking this story, but I felt there were a few things left to say... montana_gay_pride_postcard.jpgIn their newly unveiled 2010 Platform, the Montana GOP has included a plank (under "Crime") which states: We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.

So now, all Montana Republicans are officially homophobes and bigots. Some helpful definitions:

  • Homophobia: an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual persons.
  • Bigoted: expressing or characterized by prejudice and intolerance.

Really? Is this the will of the many reasonable Republicans in this state? Is this the will of Republicans who are gay (and, according to this platform plank, filled with self-loathing and irrational self-prejudice), of Republicans with LGBT family members and friends (who, according to this plank, really loathe and detest us and are really only being nice to us so they can take away our peaceful right to co-exist), of Republicans who actually know better? Or is this the will of a cabal of unenlightened leaders who are looking to de-humanize a segment of the population?

I suspect the latter. I know many reasonable Montana Republicans- hell, I'm related to quite a few. I know that this is not their "clear will". I know it's not the will of my parents, my extended family, my friends and colleagues. Where did this come from? What is this "clear will" they're talking about? Whatever it is, it's wrong.

Oh, and by the way, the language "Keep homosexual acts illegal" is superfluous and irrelevant. The Montana Supreme Court decriminalized homosexual acts in 1997. There's nothing to keep. Not to mention that it flies in the face of all scientific information....

So, if you're a Republican, in Montana or elsewhere, let the leadership know that this is not okay. Even if you're not a Republican, I think it's important to raise your voice against this bigotry. This is not the Montana I know and love.

Do it here:

Montana Republican Party
PO Box 935
Helena, MT 59624
(406) 442-6469

Rep. Dennis Rehberg is the Montana party's top elected official, email him: Dennis.Rehberg@mail.house.gov

Or, write on their Facebook Wall- suggested post: "Take the ignorance and hate out of your platform!"

If anyone has an other email addresses that would be appropriate for expressing our collective displeasure, please send it along....


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All those actually shocked and surprised by this, raise your hands.


Anyone?

Anyone?

neonskeleton | July 1, 2010 5:19 PM


I actually wrote a blog about this earlier today, and no I am not surprised. I wonder how many states GOP will take after Texas and Montana.

http://neonskeleton.wordpress.com/

Excellent points. I may steal the "mowing the lawn as a homosexual act" bit... Thanks!

I wondered the same thing. How many others will follow suit?

dharmapupil | July 2, 2010 2:44 AM

How about "Using the Internet while Homosexual" in Florida?
cf. The Republican candidates for Governor using 'gay-baiting' against each other...

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2010/07/bill_mccollum_is_outraged_that.php

JonathonEdwards | July 1, 2010 6:14 PM

Just for clarity...the phrase "expressed by legislation" means that they are saying that the anti-sodomy laws express the will of the people because the elected legislature - acting on their behalf - put them in place and never repealed them. This is the case in half the states in the country. The supreme court decisions at the state and federal level just render those laws unenforceable, but a court action doesn't revise the legal code. Only the legislature can do that. Which is why you will occasionally hear stories about a state repealing anti-miscegenation laws or granting the right to vote decades after court rulings made those laws unenforceable.


Just for clarity - because this makes it worse....they are making too arch-conservative arguments here. First, the one on the surface, the homophobic one. But then, with the back hand, they attack judicial rulings they don't agree with. As if the judiciary doesn't also represent the will of the people.

Sadly, fantastic points. Thanks!

Juston Thouron Juston Thouron | July 1, 2010 6:18 PM
In any fundamentalist group where Poe's Law applies, a paradox exists where any new person (or idea) sufficiently fundamentalist to be accepted by the group is likely to be so ridiculous that they risk being rejected as a parodist (or parody).


http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Poe%27s_Paradox#Poe_Paradox

Here's hopin'...

Thanks, Juston- was anxiously awaiting your two cents!

It's always been homophobic in Montana, it just gets a little worse each year. Or should we should say, each revolution of the religious merry-go-round. Let us not forget Wyoming right next door and Matthew Shepard.

Ron

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 2, 2010 6:09 AM

Hey, the gunslingers and survivalists need somewhere to go. There are less than one million people in the state and it is huge!

No one wants to live there anyway! I have never been to Montana, but I am told they have a tendency to send liberals to the statehouse and conservatives to Washington. They do not like big government. Federal authority is not welcome in a spot like this one.

Unfairly dismissive!
Plenty of people want to live here- good people, LGBT people, and we have the right to fight to protect our interests.
You're welcome anytime you'd like to visit....

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 2, 2010 11:32 AM

Of the United States population .325% live in Montana. Is .325% "plenty?" Yes, you have some tourism and limited agriculture. Survivalist groups are throughout the Rocky Mountain States. Your largest city is Billings with 150,000 people on a good day. And yes, I am certain there are many fine people who live in Montana. Obviously they are outnumbered by cretins in the republican party. You have a fairly evenly balanced legislature and a Democratic governor so make the most of that.

I fear that November is going to bring out the fascists in great numbers. Protect your interests well and good luck. And thanks, I left Florida because of the laws. I doubt I shall make it to Montana.

Rick Sours | July 2, 2010 11:47 AM

Always assumed that in the western states there was a live and let live attitude.

My Partner and I have spent time in the beautiful state of Montana. The LBGT community of Montana is in our thoughts.

Montana? ... I have lived in Florida, Texas, Ohio and California but the best place I ever lived is Montana. The people aren't easy about change, but they are not a bunch of toothless hicks either. If you come into the state beating your own drum, we just might ask you to go back where you came from. Most folk here like to keep themselves to themselves, live a quiet life, and get along with their neighbours, even the pushy ones that just moved in. Pride parades are not gonna fly here, we got all the pride we need. Nobody is gonna care if your gay, straight or australian, just so long as you don't make a big fuss about it.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 5, 2010 9:41 AM

In other words, don't be "uppity?"

Montana is in a very difficult situation with its elected senate officials. They are both idiots and very corrupt. If you like to read a funny article about our Montana senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, take a look at this blog entry: http://identitynoise.com/blog/?p=209

you will truly LOL

garybarnes@inbox.com

Really? The author seems to be a bit slanted-(cue sarcasm) credibility might be an issue....