Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gay-bashing Arkansas Republicans lick their chops; but first, some questions for them

Posted By on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

QUESTIONS FOR ASA: And other Republican candidates. Should homosexuals hold state appointments; be disowned as children?
  • QUESTIONS FOR ASA: And other Republican candidates. Should homosexuals hold state appointments; be disowned as children?
Does an Arkansas Republican miss a chance to play the homophonia and strum out a demagoguic political appeal based on disapproval of homosexuality?

Does a wild hog crap in the woods?

The U.S. Supreme Court was still reading opinions in the two momentous gay rights cases this morning when shills for the Republican Party began demanding reactions from Democratic politicians on the issues. Not Republican politicians, mind you.

The subtext is clear. The Republican echo chamber firmly believes that Arkansans detest queers. Any bow to elemental fairness toward them is, therefore, automatically a loser. Also they believe: Democrats are queer-lovers. Thus, Democrats are certain to cater to their base by either applauding the constitutional promise of equal rights, even for sexual minorities, or by somewhat uncomfortably enunciating a religious opposition to same-sex marriage, but a belief in kind treatment of gay people of a somewhat amorphous nature. (See U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor on the latter.)

SEEN ON SCOTT STREET: Probably not a Republican vehicle.
  • David Ramsey
  • SEEN ON SCOTT STREET: Probably not a Republican vehicle.
The press will likely fall headlong into this trap and make the Supreme Court rulings all about Democrats. I propose we also make it about Republicans. We all know they'll decry the demise of DOMA and the validation of gay marriage in California (and anywhere else).

But let's get more to the root of things for Asa!, Sister Debra and Bro. Coleman (who apparently abhors homosexuality among the putative Biblical sins far more than spousal unfaithfulness, based on the record):

* Would you hire an openly homosexual person as a staff member?

* Would you shake the hand of an openly homosexual person?

* Would you appoint a homosexual to a state board or commission?

* Do you believe homosexuals should be allowed to serve on state boards and commissions? Jerry Cox, chaplain to the Arkansas Republican Party, does not, to name one.

* Do you think someone legally married in another state should be entitled to receive taxpayer-financed health insurance coverage for their legal spouse, the same as heterosexual couples?

* Should homosexuals be able to adopt or foster children?

* Should it be legal for employers to fire someone simply because they are homosexual?

* Should children be punished for harassing other children over their sexual orientation? Or should this be viewed as religious freedom?

* Should the life partner in a homosexual couple be prevented from visiting that partner in hospice if a blood relative objects?

* Should the life partner in a homosexual couple be deprived of inheritance protections granted blood relatives?

* Would you disown a homosexual child?

* Do you believe homosexuality is a chosen orientation? When did you choose to be heterosexual?

Stand and deliver, Republicans. The country is evolving — Arkansas admittedly more slowly than the rest of the states — in part because the issue increasingly has a human face. It's easy to fear and decry the unknown. It is somewhat harder to spit in the face of a living, breathing Arkansan. I saw this graphically in my visits over the years to Arkansas Boys State, where a handful of delegates now live openly as gays, despite some significant continuing animosity but also with the help of a rising degree of tolerance among their peers.

If I know Arkansas Republicans — and if their shills are any indication — I know they are nonetheless up to the task of spitting in the face of minorities when an opportunity arises.

PS — I wrote in my link about Boys State about Brandon Brock, a Boys State delegate who wrote to thank me for speaking in support of gay rights when he was an isolated, closeted Arkansas teen years ago at Boys State. He's now living in California and married. He commented today on Facebook:

Alexis Caloza and I married again in California and married for the first time with the American government. The two Supreme Court cases are huge victories and (almost) couldn't be better. I feel so American. Thanks to everyone for their support and to J-J-Lynn Elmore Brock and Eric Brock for supporting me in the amicus brief for PFLAG in the DOMA case to which I'm totally crediting the Supreme Court's ruling on.

CELEBRATING IN SF: Thats Brandon Brock and his husband Alexis Caloza.
  • CELEBRATING IN SF: That's Brandon Brock, an Arkansas native, and his husband Alexis Caloza.

PS — There are untold numbers of questions engendered by the DOMA ruling. One: if you're legally married in Massachusetts, but live in Arkansas, do you qualify for federal benefits? Another relates to the silence in the opinion on the section of the law that says it's up to states whether to respect marriages from other states. Opinions diverge. Lots of discussion of these points on scotusblog.com

PPS — The Huckster came through. "Jesus wept" and SCOTUS believes it's "bigger than God." Dan Savage replied to Huckster that he wept, too.

Also, from the haters at the Family Council: essentially, it could have been worse.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (15)

Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-15 of 15

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Mike Huckabee, meet James Madison

    Not that it will do much good, but Times columnist Ernest Dumas this week provides some useful Founding Father history, plus a little bit of Bible, for how wrong-headed Mike Huckabee, Asa Hutchinson, the Republican legislature and others are in using government to enforce their religious views.
    • May 26, 2015
  • Speaking of the Clinton Foundation: Returns in maize and beans

    A reporter for Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking organization, sent a reporter to Africa to see where money given to the Clinton Foundation has been put to work. He found tangible results.
    • Sep 6, 2016
  • Cosmopolitan: Why were the Duggars made famous in the first place?

    A writer in Cosmopolitan wonders why it took so long for attention to the "disturbingly misogynistic" dimension of the Jim Bob Duggar family.
    • May 28, 2015

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Tomb to table: a Christmas feast offered by the residents of Mount Holly and other folk

    Plus, recipes from the Times staff.
  • Fake news

    So fed up was young Edgar Welch of Salisbury, N.C., that Hillary Clinton was getting away with running a child-sex ring that he grabbed a couple of guns last Sunday, drove 360 miles to the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C., where Clinton was supposed to be holding the kids as sex slaves, and fired his AR-15 into the floor to clear the joint of pizza cravers and conduct his own investigation of the pedophilia syndicate of the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state.
  • Reality TV prez

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "The Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim to fame.
  • Arkansas archeologist does his job, is asked to leave

    Amid Department of Arkansas Heritage project.

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation