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September 2, 2008


If you thought that the Republican Party would somehow magically transform itself under John McCain and show at least a glimmer of hope for our community, you couldn't be more wrong.

McCain's party has gone out of its way to write highly inflammatory and grossly anti-gay positions into its platform. Aside from McCain's odd and frighteningly dangerous pick of the very conservative and abysmally unqualified Sarah Palin for his running mate, he has completely wiped-out any visage of his much earlier hinted-at support of the GLBT community.

According to a story at Advocate.com, the platform supports a constitutional amendment with this language:

"Because our children's future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it."

It also praises the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by a Republican Congress in 1996, affirming the right of states to deny marriage to same-sex couples. It then goes on to urge the state of Massachusetts to reverse its policy that requires religious organizations to provide adoption services to gay and lesbian couples.

Of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy it says:
"To protect our servicemen and women, and ensure that America's Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service."

In a letter to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund in 2007, McCain said that including openly gay military personnel would pose an "intolerable risk to morale, cohesion, and discipline." This in spite of the fact that those arguments have already proven to be totally false by all of the other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.

To read the full story, go to: Advocate.com