…in the 13th century. Have a gander at the final draft of this year’s Republican Party Platform (page 7):
Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.
Pornography – We urge our governmental bodies to enforce laws regarding all forms of pornography. We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses. We oppose the sale of “Not Rated” (NR) movies and video games to minors.
Have a look at the sentences I bolded. These clowns are openly in favor of theocratic rule, lie shamelessly about positions held by the nation’s founders (try to find any historical mention of homosexuality by any of them) and believe that mob rule is an acceptable vehicle for trampling the rights of minority groups. They also believe that it’s okay to institute a state-wide ban on oral sex, adult bookstores, sex shops, and the viewing of skin flicks even thought it’s common knowledge that many a devout Baptist partakes of each. (In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas’ sodomy ban was unconstitutional, a decision that the state GOP has been agitating against ever since.)
How anyone with a brain and a conscience can stand to live in the Lone Star state is beyond comprehension.