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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

GOP absolutely, positively against anything gay

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2006 at 1:38 PM

The state Republican Party today criticized Democratic candidates Mike Beebe and Bill Halter for being evasive on the subject of whether homosexuals should be allowed to be foster parents.

In a press release, the Republicans said they are proud of their stance against gay foster parenting.

You won't see these words engraved on any monuments 50 years from now:

"Republican candidates ... have made their positions clear from the beginning," said Clint Reed, GOP Executive Director. "Putting vulnerable children in the unstable environment of unmarried homosexual couples is not in the best interest of the children, period. This is why Governor Huckabee’s administration, based on the counsel of its child welfare professionals, abided by a standard of not placing foster children with homosexual couples." ...

Reed highlighted the Republicans consistency by pointing out that the Republican Party of Arkansas State Convention recently made this a part of the Party’s platform.  "Our party recognizes the need for action here and is unwavering in our support for a ban on gay marriage, homosexual adoption and homosexuals being allowed to be foster parents," Reed stated. ...

Reed concluded, "The Democratic Party has put up the most liberal ticket in Arkansas history, and indicator that the party no longer represents the values of mainstream Arkansans. The candidates are trying to hide their position through nuance and outright doubletalk. If these candidates are uncomfortable with the liberal platform of their party, then they should consider coming over to the Republican Party, which represents the common-sense conservative values of Arkansans. Unlike the Democratic candidates, we will not hold closed-door meetings and make certain promises in secret, and we will not hide from our beliefs."

The full press release is available after the jump.

Democrats Contradictory, Evasive on Issue of Gay Foster Parents

GOP Suggests Democratic Candidate Should Switch Parties if They Are Uncomfortable with Liberal Positions

Little Rock (August 9, 2006) – The stark contrasts between the ideals and values represented by the Republican candidates for office and those of the Democratic candidates were once again highlighted today with the ongoing controversy over the issue of gay foster parenting.

From Gov. Mike Huckabee to Asa Hutchinson and our entire GOP ticket, Republicans have made clear that they believe that foster children, who are already coming from unstable backgrounds, should not be placed in the unstable environment of homosexual couples living together. Republican candidates have been clear about their positions from the beginning and have not altered their positions, hidden their positions or told certain special interests one thing and the voters something else.

The Democrat candidates for office, on the other hand, have dodged the issue, masked their positions through vague and unclear language, and have even been caught telling different things to different people.

Today's news stories, for example, show that Bill Halter is unwilling to firmly commit to taking a clear stand on the issue of homosexuals being able to be foster parents. He says he would only support a ban on gay foster parenting if it were "constitutional" and also if it were in the best interests of the children.

“You will not get that kind of political double-speak from Republican candidates, who have made their positions clear from the beginning,” said Clint Reed, GOP Executive Director. “Putting vulnerable children in the unstable environment of unmarried homosexual couples is not in the best interest of the children, period. This is why Governor Huckabee’s administration, based on the counsel of its child welfare professionals, abided by a standard of not placing foster children with homosexual couples.”

Not only did Halter and gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe initially refuse to take a position on gay foster parents -- at least before meeting with their pollsters -- it has also come to light that Beebe actually met with gay activists, in a closed-door meeting, and promised that he would support them in their efforts to be foster parents. When this story was reported in the media, Beebe backtracked and denied his position.

Reed highlighted the Republicans consistency by pointing out that the Republican Party of Arkansas State Convention recently made this a part of the Party’s platform.  “Our party recognizes the need for action here and is unwavering in our support for a ban on gay marriage, homosexual adoption and homosexuals being allowed to be foster parents,” Reed stated.

The addition to the RPA Platform was made permanent on August 5, 2006.  The Platform addition reads: “The Republican Party of Arkansas believes that the traditional family unit (i.e., one man, one woman) provides an optimum environment to adopt children or be foster parents.  Foster children come from often traumatic backgrounds and require stable environments.  Therefore, we oppose co-habitating couples from either adopting children or becoming foster parents.”

Reed concluded, “The Democratic Party has put up the most liberal ticket in Arkansas history, and indicator that the party no longer represents the values of mainstream Arkansans. The candidates are trying to hide their position through nuance and outright doubletalk. If these candidates are uncomfortable with the liberal platform of their party, then they should consider coming over to the Republican Party, which represents the common-sense conservative values of Arkansans. Unlike the Democratic candidates, we will not hold closed-door meetings and make certain promises in secret, and we will not hide from our beliefs.”

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