Keeping with its narrow-minded ways, the Republican National Committee will vote to put its full support behind discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws today at its spring meeting. While the majority of Americans are against Indiana-style RFRA laws, the GOP continues to double down on its signature brand of bigotry. Back in April, 2016 contenders Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Ben Carson all stood with Gov. Mike Pence.
Marco Rubio's extreme conservative colors shined through again last night at an event for the Center for Arizona Policy. This fringe organization believes “homosexuals [can modify] their behavior and becom[e] heterosexual through Christian ministries and counseling," better known as conversion therapy -- a radical view that has been condemned by the American Psychological Association for its damaging psychological effects.
Despite repeated recent attempts to muddy the waters on his positions towards gay marriage and LGBT rights, this isn't the first time Rubio has supported fanatic anti-LGBT groups like the Center for Arizona Policy. In 2013, Rubio keynoted for the Florida Family Policy Council, an organization infamous for its hate speech against the LGBT community. Rubio likes to obfuscate on LGBT rights and has not given his opinion on conversion therapy, but by supporting these organizations, his message to the voters is unequivocal.
Scott Walker's in good company now that he supports a constitutional amendment to let states continue to ban marriage equality: Ted Cruz filed the same amendment. This move comes on the heels of Walker arguing to restrict legal immigration -- an extreme position that lines him up with Rick Santorum.
As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a landmark gay marriage case, every single GOP presidential candidate continues to oppose gay marriage, with Scott Walker going as far as supporting a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality and Ted Cruz offering legislation that would invalidate thousands of legal marriages. 61 percent of Americans support marriage equality according to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll.
Here's the heated rhetoric from the candidates vying to be our next president:
Mike Huckabee: Changing my stance on same-sex marriage "is like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli, or asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard."
Scott Walker: " I believe marriage is between one man and one woman…I believe it’s reasonable for the people of America to consider a constitutional amendment that would affirm the ability of states to do just that."
A reminder to the WHCA hangover crowd: while DC was partying, GOP presidential candidates were on the stump in Waukee, Iowa for the five hour Iowa Faith & Freedom summit, putting all their chips in on opposing gay marriage and supporting discriminatory Indiana-style RFRA laws. Here are some highlights:
Marriage is between one man and one woman, and children are better off with heterosexual parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SVZADxUq74
Backing RFRA, and hyping his own role in passing it in Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yu4u07Hz2c
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What to Expect in Nashua
DATE: April 17, 2015
Republican presidential candidates are descending like a swarm of locusts on Nashua, New Hampshire, this weekend for the NHGOP’s First in the Nation Leadership Summit. With more than 20 candidate events scheduled in addition to Friday and Saturday’s speaking slots, American Bridge will be working overtime to document every word from targeted candidates and continue our work holding Republicans accountable for their extreme positions and words. Here’s what we’re expecting to hear.
Marco Rubio keeps digging himself into a hole on LGBT rights. He says he believes states should have the final say on legalizing same-sex marriage but his record tells a different story.
Jeb Bush was quick to throw his full support behind Indiana's discrimination law and bone up his social conservative credentials. But two days later, Bush was caught telling Silicon Valley donors a completely different position after a legislative fix was already in motion. Bush is willing to take the courageous position of telling you whatever you want to hear, whether you're a voter or donor. This proves once again that no one can trust him.
Bush is facing negative numbers and weak support from Republican voters before he's even announced his candidacy. Now, voters are reminded that he doesn't have positions on many issues and is willing to change his views for political gain. If this is how Bush fares before he's a candidate, imagine what lies ahead.
Jeb Bush was caught yesterday shamelessly backpedaling his full-throated defense of Mike Pence and Indiana's anti-LGBT legislation. Living up to his caricature as a craven politician, Bush fed red meat to his base at the beginning of the week but stood up for equal rights in the Bay Area just days later.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has created a national uproar that serves as a stark reminder of the state of today's Republican Party: par for the course is extreme policies for America.
Following a complete duff trying to defend the law on Sunday from Governor Mike Pence, the GOP's leading presidential contenders didn't lay-up, they doubled-downed. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, among others, took to the airways to unequivocally endorse Indiana's RFRA.