Wednesday, August 29, 2012

GOP platforms had supported military gay ban through 2008

Marc Fisher has a long story in the Washington Post this morning about the GOP platform and its evolution on the social issues over the decades.

He mentions that in each of the years 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008, it contained the words “Homosexuality is incompatible with military service.”  Theoretically, that could have supported the "Old Ban" from 1981, even before "don't ask don't tell". 

The link for the Post story is here

Apparently there is no mention of the military ban, now repealed, in the 2012 platform.  But if the GOP takes the White House and Congress both, SLDN will have its work cut out for it again, and openly gay military members could find themselves in a precarious position again.

Log Cabin Republicans continues its loyalty fa├žade, with a list of activities in Tampa here

The Republican Party 2012 Platform is here.

The platform now says that the military should not become "a platform for social experimentation."

Also, search for the phrase "Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage".   There is an interesting sentence about the "lack of family formation" (people not having children, it seems, as well as simply not marrying) leading to "more government control of all citizens in all its aspects".  Is that an allusion to filial responsibility laws?

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