Back when Michael Steele was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Peter LaBarbera issued an entirely unprovoked warning to him that under no circumstances should he even contemplate ever meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans, saying that it would be “foolish and impractical to risk alienating millions of pro-family, pro-life, conservative grassroots Republicans to appease a tiny homosexual special interest group.”
Well, now there is a new gay Republican group, known as GOProud, emerging as something of a counterweight to the Log Cabin Republicans, which you’d assume would be welcome news to LaBarbera … but nope, he wants in known that they are unwelcome as well:
Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, says although it will go by a different name, GOProud will be carrying out the same mission of the Log Cabin Republicans.
“This is all about promoting the acceptance of homosexuality within the GOP under the guise of so-called ‘conservatism,'” says LaBarbera. “The fact is [that] homosexuality is not a conservative issue, it’s not a family issue — and this is all about changing the pro-family platform of the GOP.”
LaBarbera says if homosexuals are conservative on economic issues, they can vote Republican, but if the party wants to remain pro-life and pro-family, it cannot be promoting homosexuality and abortion.
It seems that the only gays LaBarbera will allow into the GOP are the ones who share his militanty anti-gay views. Good luck with that.
At some point, the GOP is going to have to decide which faction it is going to side with – conservative gays or anti-gay bigots like LaBarbera – because it is clear that its policy of trying to incorporate such divergent views under one “big tent” is becoming increasingly untenable.