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Republican gay rights groups barred from Texas convention

By Scott Tuttle     May 30, 2014 in Politics
Fort Worth - According to a joint press conference Thursday, two Republican gay rights groups were barred from setting up booths at the upcoming GOP convention in Forth Worth, TX.
The Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans both claim to embrace the GOP's general ideology with the exception that they also advocate LGBT rights including marriage equality.
"Overall, Log Cabin Republicans of Texas has found incredible support within the Republican party. Texans, like the rest of the country, are evolving on LGBT rights issues," said the group's chairman, Jeffrey Davis.
"The Republican Party of Texas has even welcomed many of our members as delegates to the Texas State Republican Convention. However, the party has denied our several attempts to host a booth in the convention exhibit hall, citing archaic language in the party platform to support their actions."
According to the state's GOP chairman Steve Munisteri, gay rights groups of all kinds are banned from putting up booths at the convention, which runs from June 5-7. He cites the Texas State Republican Part Platform which defines marriage as a "God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman." It further adds that homosexuality "tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit."
"The policies are adopted by members of the state Republican Executive Committee, who are on the officials committee, and they certainly can run for those offices or support candidates who will change the policy," said Munisteri. "Or if, for any reason, the platform were changed and they were advocating something consistent with the platform, they could do it."
Munisteri argues that advocacy groups for gay rights are not being singled out. The Texas GOP also bans pro-gambling and marijuana legalization groups from setting up booths at the conventions for the same reason.
As 19 states have already legalized same-sex marriage, Texas is also beginning to follow in the nation's footsteps by recently electing an openly lesbian mayor in Houston and another as Dallas County Sheriff.
In a statement by the Log Cabin Republicans' own Jeffery Davis, "It’s time that the Texas GOP's hypocritical policies and procedures are replaced by new ones that match the general opinion of Texan Republican voters."
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