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Harris County GOP Rallies to Prevent "Sodomites" From Marrying, Take Bipartisan Criticism

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 01:05 PM CST

Photo: Big Jolly Politics
The Harris County Republican Party held a rally for "traditional marriage" on Monday at their headquarters, but not everyone was onboard, notably prominent conservative blogger for Big Jolly Politics, David Jennings.

Jennings referred to the event as "defending discrimination," and warned the GOP to "get a clue and remember that you are theoretically for inclusion, for growing the party."

Outside the event Equality Texas held a,

"non-partisan prayer vigil for the leaders of the Harris County Republican party, that they find in their hearts the love God has for all Texans seeking the security and tools of marriage in order to grow their families and build a life together."

See who else said what below the jump...
The event featured several high profile candidates including Sen. Dan Patrick and Todd Staples candidates for Lt. Governor, Barry Smitherman for Attorney General, and Harvey Hilderbran for Comptroller. Each gave their support for the current ban on same-sex marriage that was recently overturned by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia. Jennings wrote that he was surprised to see Hilderbran but, "expected Todd Staples and Dan Patrick to be there touting their discriminatory credentials."

Most of the arguments made in support of the ban center around the results of the 2005 election where 75% of voters approved the ban. The problem with that is, while conservatives oppose benefits to same-sex couples because it would, "devour the freedom of many to advance the narrow interests of a few," there was only a 7% turnout in the election that approved the ban in the first place. Of course the real point is that no one's constitutional rights should ever be put up to popular vote. In this case the Judge ruled the ban violates individual's 14th Amendment right to equal protection under the law.

The will of the people argument is good enough for most GOP politicians to hide behind but one outspoken guest at the press event, Conservative Republicans of Texas president Dr. Steve Hotze was much more to the point about his disapproval of non-heterosexuals. He said of the ruling, "Our Founding Fathers would be furious to find out that the Constitution was being interpreted to allow sodomites to marry." Using "sodomite" to as a slur against homosexuals ignores the definition of the word that includes any non-procreative sexual activity, as well as the fact that a Texas law banning sodomy was struck from the books as unconstitutional in 2003.

This all prompted the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats to send a message to gay Republicans -- become a Democrat.

"You can be a Conservative Democrat, you can be a small government Democrat, you can be a fiscally conservative Democrat but more importantly you can be a member of a Party that won't use you as a wedge issue or as fuel to fire up a bigoted base of voters."  

It is not often I quote a conservative Republican in full agreement but here goes...A big Texas hat tip to Jennings, who like me now, ends his blog post with, "those of us that want to follow the constitution are going to prevail on this issue. It might take awhile and it might be that the Supreme Court has to weigh in on it. But we will win."

You can follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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