To follow-up on Joe's post on the Iowa Republican Party's platform, there's a lot of anti-gay and anti-trans ideology in there. While I'd love to go through and post on all the crazy (the platform actually says it opposes "The Rights of the Child," a UN treaty that opposes child slavery and cruel punishment, as well as calling for an end to "Islamic Sharia law," "the appointment of 'Czars,'" and Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare, and support homeowners' right to shoot trespassers on sight), but the gay stuff is already enough.
They oppose same-sex marriage, civil unions, and any rights associated with marriage being granted to same-sex couples:
We believe that traditional, two-parent (one male and one female), marriage based families are foundational to a stable, enduring and healthy civilization. Therefore, policy must always be pro-family in nature, encouraging marital and family commitment, and supportive of parental rights and responsibilities.
We call for the repeal of sexual orientation in the Iowa Civil Rights Code and we oppose any other legislation or executive order granting rights, privileges, or status for persons based on sexual orientation.
Unlike Texan Republicans who want transgender people to marry based on birth gender instead of actual gender, Iowa Republicans want to ban them from marrying anyone:
We support an amendment to both the U. S. and Iowa constitutions that states that all marriages should be traditional one natural male and one natural female, omitting transgendered.
Several planks down from where they said they don't want same-sex marriage, they say they want the people to vote on it. It's almost as if they see the positions as one and the same....
We support allowing the electorate to vote on the marriage amendment.
Those activist judges need to be kept from deciding on marriage cases. The wording here seems like they want to ban judges from even deciding in divorce cases:
We support a Concurrent Resolution of the U.S. Congress asserting its Constitutional authority to limit the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in the following manner: "Pursuant to Section 2 of Article III of the Constitution of the United States, Congress has the sole and exclusive power to make regulations and exceptions to the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Accordingly, effective this date, the Congress of the United States denies the Supreme Court appellate jurisdiction over cases relating to marriage."
We oppose the State of Iowa, its Courts, and its political subdivisions creating or recognizing a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.
They oppose gay adoption too:
We favor improvement, strengthening, and simplification of adoption laws, and oppose adoption by homosexuals.
Outside of family law, they're also opposed to HIV getting special status (it's the end of the free ride for people with HIV/AIDS, you privileged bastards!):
We believe HIV/AIDS should not be classified or treated any differently than other communicable diseases.
They oppose hate crimes legislation:
We support repeal of state and federal "hate crimes" legislation.
They want DADT back:
We support "Don't Ask Don't Tell."
They want Kevin Jennings out of a job:
We call for the removal of Kevin Jennings, now head of the United States Office of Safe Schools (Safe School Czar). America's schools would be safer without him.
They want schools to be de-gayed and bully-friendly:
We oppose the teaching of homosexual behavior as a normal or acceptable lifestyle in our public schools.
We believe that sexual orientation should not be allowed to be a basis for any school clubs, such as the Gay Straight Alliance, at any level of the public school system.
We oppose the "Bullying Law".
But don't think they oppose students' free speech rights just because they're banning LGBT students from having a club, since they really like the free speech rights of other students:
We support the free speech right of students to write and speak about God and religion in public schools.
If you support the free speech rights of some people to say what you agree with, then clearly you're a friend of civil liberties.
There's a lot more gay in there than there is in other states' Republican platforms, even Texas's. It's probably because the state's Republican party, since same-sex marriage was legalized there, has become obsessed with our issues. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Fred Karger gets there.
This is what a backlash looks like. Hopefully their resentment won't be enough to effectively organize for 2012.