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Republican Party Reaches Out to Gay Community

By Javier Manjarres

radelThe Democratic party has effectively labeled the GOP as the  non-inclusive political party to Hispanics, Blacks, and Gays.

But after the November 2012 election disaster, the GOP has been trying to find a  footing in the current political discourse, and has even started inserting pro-gay outreach rhetoric into the conversation, in hopes to be able to steal away some of this vote that usually trends  Democratic.

 Many U.S. Representatives and Senators, including Senator Marco Rubio, have openly stated that they are against gay marriage, but would leave it up to individual states to decide if they would support such a  measure.

 This past weekend, Congressman Trey Radel was the latest to joined the growing  choir of Republican supporters for inclusion of gays into the Republican fold. Radel stated that he did not care what sexual orientation a person was, as long as they stood by conservative values and principles

 We should be welcoming people, anybody stands for conservative values and principles, that understands what makes this country great, no matter what walk of life you come from. Radel adds, or whatever sexual orientation you are, you know what, our republican party should be inviting them in.-Rep. Trey Radel

 There seems to be a growing  sentiment that Americans are starting to look past sexual orientation as a non-starter issue when vetting, and possibly voting for potential elected officials. Radel, as well as current Florida Speaker of the the House Will Weatherford, are both stating  that they would support gay Republican state and federal candidates.

The Republican party, which believes in the Emphasis on individual freedom and rights, and equality for all people, is the natural home for the gay community, whether they want to accept it or not.

So will Republicans nationwide swing open those political closet doors and fully and openly embrace the gay community?

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • S.S. McDonald

    It is truly incomprehensible to me that “conservative media” (like Shark Tank claims) continues to use and promote the liberals euphemisms (terminology).
    Today’s lesson: the politically correct term, “Gay” is the liberals invented word used to cover up a 6,000 year old, totally unacceptable life style. If all the media would have been using the correct terminology: “homosexual, pervert, deviant, sodomite, or queer,” all along, the problem of perversion would not be spreading so easily.
    SHARK TANK! Try to do better in your reporting.

    • Richard Driskill

      S.S. McDonald –

      Bravo! You’ve just made a small dent in the armor of the homosexual agenda. (I instill this in others all the time)

      Conversely, go a little easier on Javier. He is locked into and bombarded with what the media around him uses, and as they say “You can catch more flies with honey, than you can with vinegar.”.

      • Javier Manjarres

        You both are sounding like partisan Liberals. The story is a report of what the Congressman said,when he was asked about Gays and the Republican party. We did not inject our personal opinions, as you did here. All the power to you

        • Richard Driskill

          Javier –

          Who are you calling a liberal… because I’m the antithesis of liberalism.

          But in reference to your reply, did I not say as much? Read it again – “He is locked into and bombarded with what the media around him uses…”

          • Javier Manjarres

            Did not call you a lib.

        • QuoVadisAnima

          Javier, I’m sorry, but your headline and column are not neutral – they clearly project a cheerleading, ‘hey this is great’ tone.

          The GOP still has not figured out (unless the leadership is actually in cahoots with the Dems as I have begun to suspect since I have difficulty believing they got where they are by being as incredibly stupid as they appear to be) that you cannot add to a party by subtracting.

          So they might – maybe – pick off a small fraction of Democrats or independents by turning libertarian (ie. economic conservatives-social liberals), it won’t even come close to replacing the social conservatives that they drive off with this incredibly ignorant & naive effort.

          P.S. And telling people that they “are sounding like partisan Liberals” does pretty much put them on par with such so don’t go all lawyer on Richard Driskill as you clearly intended to insult him & S.S. McDonald by equating them with liberals regardless of whether you think they are.

          • Javier Manjarres

            Umm, you are wrong. The headline states the facts that are supported by the text and video. Thank you.

  • RedStateDan

    This is just another thumb-in-the-eye from so-called “Republican leadership” (an oxymoron if there ever was one!) to Christian conservatives. Republicans believe that Christians will stay with them because we have nowhere else to go. This “outreach” to homosexuals could very well be the deal-breaker. Boehner, McConnell, et. al. have already demonstrated that they have NO spine when it comes to reigning in spending and the growth of government. We’ve abandoned fiscal conservatism; now we are preparing to jettison social conservatism as well. Is there anything Republicans stand FOR anymore? What possible reason is there to continue to vote GOP?! “Vote Republican because we’re not out-and-out socialists like the Dems!” That dog will NOT hunt much longer.

    • Pat

      I totally agree with you.I will not vote for any homosexual ,I wil leave the GOP,if they go with support for homosexuals we are destroying our selfs.Let the GOP destroy itself I will not b a part of immoral GOP.

  • Richard Driskill

    “We should be welcoming people, anybody [that] stands for CONSERVATIVE values and principles…”

    And touting to homosexuals does that? I don’t think so; in fact I know it doesn’t. This is why I am a conservative first, and a reluctant registered Republican second. The ‘party’ is willing to alter its original position instead of being true to its founding values (conservative). The problem lies in ‘them’ (Republican leadership) not being able to stand up for our (conservative) true values. They are no longer servants of the people, but rather just another politician plying the trade of being a whore to the machine. Please read what is the true nature of homosexuality below, and try not to use the term ‘gay’ when you speak/write, as you are empowering them.

    Homosexuality: The sexual desire towards another of the same gender. It is a mental disorder resulting in sexual perversion (unnatural; nature can not further life through homosexuality, a scientific edict in its pathology). It was wrongly removed from the list of mental diseases by the APA in December of 1973 after violent demonstrations, starting first with the ‘Stonewall Riots’ (Stonewall Inn, 51-53 Christopher Street, Greenwich Village, NYC) on June 28, 1969, and then later in May of 1970, by homosexual activists in California who forcefully took over an APA conference objecting to the classification of homosexuality as a mental illness. When homosexuality was deleted as a disease category from the DSM-II, a new diagnosis, “sexual orientation disturbance”, was added to describe persons attracted to members of the same sex who are either disturbed by, in conflict with, or wish to change their sexual orientation. This diagnosis was renamed “ego dystonic homosexuality” in the 3rd edition of the DSM, DSM III (Washington, DC: APA; 1980). The category did not appear in the DSM-IIIR, and in the 4th edition (DSM-IV) there is no reference to homosexuality, except under “sexual disorders not otherwise specified” (Washington, DC: APA; 1994).

    Physiologically there is no ‘gay gene’ making oneself homosexual, but that false position is constantly touted as such by the homosexual community; furthermore, there is a constant move to ‘recruit’ young individuals into homosexuality (showing it is not a natural condition state among humans). Roughly 1.7 percent (not the 6 to 10 percent as is commonly touted by homosexuals) of the 18-and-over population in the US identify themselves as ‘gay’ (homosexual). Persons afflicted with hormonal imbalance to the degree that it results in effeminate qualities for men (‘sissy’), or androsian qualities for women (‘butch’), can be treated and is not a mental disorder. Unfortunately these people are prime targets for recruitment by homosexuals. The fact that bisexuality exists will tell you all of this is a condition of the perverted mind. Additionally, the ever current mandate by the homosexual community to ‘force’ their aberrant lifestyle on the public and make them accept it can be clearly seen in the recent occurrence where 2 lesbians spray-painted their own garage door with ‘kill the gay’ and tried to blame it on others in their Colorado community.

    On June 1, 2009, President Barack Obama declared June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month, citing the riots as a reason to “commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans”. This, of course, was meant to seal 1.7% of the vote for him in the 2012 election; even though our society is based on the “Rule of Law’.

    Is this really what we, as conservatives, want to do? Would it not be better to possibly fail and know we are in the right, then to become a deviant empowering society and possibly succeed? Would George Washington back acceptance of sexual perversion? Would the people of your church stand up and proclaim they want homosexuals to thrive in our country? Would you want to leave your children alone with homosexuals? I didn’t think so.

    • Steve Ferguson

      You sure know a lot about gay people. Personal experience? When in your young life did you “choose” to be straight? Obviously, you made an informed decision, so you are not ignorant, just stupid. That its also genetic, and sadly, your mother was pro life.

      • Richard Driskill

        Steve –

        To address your concerns one-by-one, in order, so we can make sure that you can follow along:

        (1) What I know of, among a great plethora of subjects, many of which you probably couldn’t even pronounce, is homosexuals are in fact mentally ill sexual deviants (perverts). ‘Gay’ people are those who are merry in disposition. Ergo, what appears to be an intense interest in particular subject matter to you by me is a mere data point in my library of knowledge. Clear enough, or do you need to breakout a lexicon and do some remedial perusing?

        (2) Your attempt at a psychological affront which would not cause umbrage in a 5th grader has utterly failed (but then again, what else hasn’t in your life Steve?). You should at least attempt to play nice in the sandbox, then at least you could claim to be civil instead of having your mouth jammed with sand if you act up.

        (3) In possessing a balanced and fit psychology, in my adolescence I found a strong attraction with the opposite sex, as is healthy and normal in nature. It is “choosing” to be otherwise that evokes the anomaly. Mentally ill people (which do not automatically mean that they can not operate in other functions) must still make decisions in conduct (sexually or otherwise). Have you ever heard of the term “functionally illiterate” (Silly me, of course you have)? Anymore rhetorically moronic questions?

        (4) Yes I have, and as a person with a 132 IQ I can tell you that stupidity is a result of ignorance in either a temporary state or a permanent state, of which I now see you have a long-term problem.

        (5) Wrong yet again Steve. Mental inadequacy, aside from physiological defect, is NOT genetic. Myself having a mother who was a university professor hereby results in the prima facie case of your erroneous thinking. When my mother bore me, there was no such thing as ‘pro-life’ in society, it was a given for those with a healthy mind and morals. Others in contra of this state were ‘desperate’ persons as a result of the poor choices they made, and the immoral conduct they exhibited.

        In conclusion – In your limited mental capacity it is apparent you can not contrive a legitimate response, as is witnessed by your pathetic post of sour grapes at being informed that sexual deviants are perverts, yet felt compelled to strike back in some fashion. So sorry you’ve be outed, but it was your ‘choice’ to respond. I suggest you seriously ponder buying some brains before stepping out in public again.

  • Don’t Tread On Me

    What difference does it make who the go after. It is very obvious after the last election that our votes don’t count and the system is rigged by globalist nazis anyway!! Who cares report what really matters!!!

  • George Blumel

    Sarah Palin had it right at CPAC: we already have a party that divides us into groups to be pandered to for votes. Our political paltform and principles of the party are out there –less government, lower taxes and fewer regulations, individual freedom and responsibility, free markets, family values, strong national defense, civil society. If you agree on most of that then you’re a Republican. Why do we have to compete in the pandering department? Pick any group and promise them anything seems to work for the Dems but it’s killing the economy and all that America stands for, especially freedom, liberty, opportunity –the things people come here from all over the world.

  • Walker

    I am tired of hearing that the Republicans should “reach out” to anyone. We should just state our policies and the ones that agree will join with us . . the ones that disagree will not join us . .no matter what.
    I am about fed up with the Republican leadership . . I am tired of Kowtowing to every Tom, Dick and ethinic group.
    I am ready for the Constitution party. Go Rand Paul!!

    • Richard Driskill

      Sadly, I’m beginning to ponder the same thing.

  • DeltaDawn

    There is not much more I can add to the great comments above other than that every day it gets worse. More and more spine bending, etc, as the major differences between the parties disappear into the sunset.

    • Glenn

      Folks, there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the RepubliCONS & the DemoRATS! Plain and simple, it’s the classic “Hegelian Dialectic” at play here. Our Senator here from SC – Lindsey Graham – forcefully led, along with our other favorite RHINO, John McCain, the approval of the nefarious NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act 2012 & 2013) that allows American Citizens IN THIS COUNTRY to be arrested by the military and held indefinitely without due process if said citizen is merely thought to be a collaborator with a “terrorist,” whatever that is.

      Now he is working behind the scenes with senators Schumer & Menendez on amnesty for illegals, while trying to destroy Rand Paul for his filibuster against drone strikes on – again – American citizens! What? Who the hell are these people??? Why would a TRUE Republican ever work with Schumer on anything?

      Finally, I leave you with this: The biggest political hoax ever invented – that the Republicans and the Democrats represent opposing forces – still continues to dominate despite the two parties habitually agreeing on every major issue. As Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton’s mentor), wrote in his book Tragedy and Hope, “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. … Either party in office becomes in time corrupt, tired, unenterprising, and vigorless. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.”

  • Carlos

    I always hear that most gays are pretty reasonable and the only ones who even care about the myth (and redefinition) of “gay marriage” are the extreme, shrill minority within their minority. If that’s true, the GOP should only need to defend civil unions, allowing gays to have all the benefits hetero couples have. Even that gives gays an unfair advantage, like in the case of airline employees who cannot get their live-in partner benefits without being married. I also agree it should be state by state. If anyone feels that strongly about it, they don’t have to live in MA or VT. There’s no better way to call the gay lobby’s bluff. If the GOP does that and there’s still a problem, I think they’d better leave it at that and not bend over backwards, pissing off their base. That militant gay element will never vote GOP, any more than La Raza fanatics will.

    • QuoVadisAnima

      Sorry, Carlos, but that line of thinking has already been proven falacious! The activists do not and will not stop at civil unions. That’s because their ultimate goal is NOT marriage benefits (which, btw, even if the economy could support, the govt has NO interest in support – in fact, it has plenty of rea$on to be discouraging as the cost of hedonism to society is bigger than any other) but the deconstruction of the traditional structures of marriage & families & societal mores. This has been explicitly stated by many in their leadership & can readily be found with just a little online research effort.

      • Richard Driskill

        QuoVadisAnima (Hopefully in the right direction) –

        This is true. Just take a look at a book written in 1989 by 2 homosexual activists called “After The Ball”. In it they outline how to overcome American society and force their homosexual agenda upon us.

  • Dave Dlouhy

    The UK Conservative Party got it right – a true conservative can distinguish between religious preferences and constitutional rights. Religions should be free to deny equal rights based on their religious biases. Government should ensure that all persons have equal legal rights under the Constitution. Marriage as a legal contract is a Constitutional right of all citizens. Marriage as a religious ceremony is a Constitutional right of all citizens. There is no conflict between the two. Those who hold to the latter, while denying the former, are not conservatives.

    • QuoVadisAnima

      Marriage is a Constitutional right? Whose Constitution? It’s certainly not in the Constitution of the United States.

      American citizens do all have equal rights – and in a sense, that does extend implicitly to marriage. But homosexuals have exactly the same rights and restrictions to marriage that all the rest of us have.

      Why should a single digit fraction of society be allowed to redefine the meaning of marriage for all the rest of us?

      Furthermore, EVERY place where homosexuals are granted preferential rights in the guise of anti-discriminatory efforts, people of faith are being DEPRIVED of their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free practice of religion with loss of jobs, loss of business, fines & even jail sentences.

      This effort is wolf in sheep’s clothing.

      • lakeview

        Spot on!!

  • http://yahoo jean

    I am tired of hearing that Republicans have to reach out. Anyone is welcome to be a Republican as long as they believe as conservatives do. Of course the line between Rep. and Dem. if getting more blurry all the time so it is hard to understand why two partys are needed anyway.

    Most of us believe that marriage should stay as an exclusive sacrement between one man and one woman. Anyone else can get a legal document drawn up for their partnership. Most of us believe that abortion is a really lazy way to take care of birth control but wouldn’t go as far as to say it be outlawed as long as those using the method pay for it themselves.

    We didn’t lose the election because we didn’t reach out we lost it because half of the voters are so ignorent that they thought Obama could restore fiscal sanity and bring back jobs.

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  • Dr. Judy Meissner

    In this day and age, no one cares about what anyone does in their bedroom. HOWEVER, aberrosexualist ideologues (partisans of the ideology that pushes the macabre “celebration” of biologically aberrant, morally deviant sexual behavior) are the ones that rub what aberrosexual do in their bedroom in society’s face.

    If you do not want what you do in your bedroom publicly debated, then keep what you do in your bedroom private. It’s as simply as that!

    Lastly, as a openly proud gay American I take great offense at being compared to individuals that engage in biologically aberrant, morally deviant sexual behavior or aberrosexuals (aka homosexuals). Aberrosexuals are NOT gay! They are sad, troubled, and confused individuals; individuals that are at war with their own nature. I know because I have over two dozen aberrosexual friends, many of whom I care for and love dearly. But who are totally incapable of setting a good example of sexual conduct or gender identity.

    • Richard Driskill

      Dr. Judy Meissner –

      Succinctly written; I think.

      May I inquire what type of doctor you are?

      Am I reading your post correctly; are you relaying that you are “openly merry” and not “homosexual”? In whatever your answer may bring, I am curious, why did you use the qualifier “ American…”? I did not see any connective element within your post content.

      • Dr. Judy Meissner

        Richard, I am a Ph.D., MPH, and Professor of Psychology.

        I am also a human rights advocate and a director of the International Center for the Study of Aberrosexualism (ICSA), an organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the research of biologically aberrant sexual behavior and practices, or aberrosexualism, and other psico-sexual phenomema. You can contact me at

        Gay means merry, joyful, happy, etc. It does not mean homosexual. The term “homosexual” was coined in 1869, by Austrian aberrosexualist propagandist Karl-Maria Kertbeny who sought to replace the then popular terms of sodomite or pervert with a clinically-sounding, morally neutral word.

        The term “homosexual” caught on in medical literature and eventually replaced the words sodomite and pervert in popular speech.

        Still — because the word “homosexual” reminds people of sex and anything related to sex instinctively raises red flags for average, normal people, aberrosexualist ideologues needed to come up with a new word. So in the 1970’s, they came up with the innocuously-sounding term “gay”!

        Clearly, “gay” is a deceptive propaganda term –-it’s a euphemism– created to conceal humanity’s universal rejection of biologically aberrant, morally deviant sexual behavior, or aberrosexualism as it is properly called.

        Is “gay” descriptive of biologically aberrant sexual conduct? Is it descriptive of a medical or a psychological condition? Is it clinical or scientific? No, it is not! “Gay” is a totally unscientific, anti-medical, irrational, arbitrary, and deceptive ideological term!

        But, ladies and gentlemen, did you know that surveys reveal that the term “gay” increases public approval of aberrosexual behavior by more than 10 to 15%?

        Why is that? Well, because the term “gay” conjures in your mind the idea or mental picture of happy, jovial, innocently “delightful” behavior or practices. Now, we all know this is very far from the truth! If it were obvious that aberrosexual behavior was truly happy and joyful, the ideological propaganda term “gay” wouldn’t be needed to “sell” on this behavior.

        So then, is it any wonder aberrosexualist hate groups spent ten long years lobbying The New York Times to replace the word “homosexual” with the word “gay” in all of its stories and op-ed pieces?

        You can quote on all I wrote above!

        • Richard Driskill

          I concur 100%. Take a look at my March 18th, 8:06 AM post above, we are on the same wavelength.

  • Perseids

    The “republican party” is entering its death spiral right about now. Homosexual Marriage and Amnesty will be their end.
    Good Riddance.

    It only took two bushes to kill it off.

    • Perseids

      Dole, mccain and mittens do deserve honorable mention too.

  • Carlos Diaz Lujan

    Congressman Trey Radel is a complete ignoramus.

    Conservative values and principles are grounded on love for God, Life, and Family.

    Biologically aberrant, morally deviant sexual behavior (i.e., aberrosexualism, homosexualism, bisexualism, zoophilism, etc.) is anti-Life, anti-Family, antisocial, unhygienic and medically harmful.

    Those pushing moral decadence through, as Dr. Meissner writes, “the macabre celebration of biologically aberrant sexual behaviors” are at the very opposite ideological end of Conservative values and principles.

    The vicious, hate-filled aberrosexualist attacks against the Boy Scouts of America for standing firm on their policy to protect its members, young and old, from the corrupt example of admitted aberrosexual (homosexual) adults in leadership positions is but ONE of the many reasons why these extremists do not belong in the Republican Party.

    As a human rights activist and social justice advocate, I can unequivocally affirm that aberrosexualist ideologues –those behind the massive propaganda war we are witnessing before our very eyes– are totalitarian in mindset, corrupt in their sexual conduct, and dangerously deceitful in their intentions. The are the antithesis of Conservatism.

  • Montana

    The KKK started the minutemen and then the Teabag Party. Now they control the GOP. Does anyone real believe that minorities will change the view of the GOP. The GOP just wants to send out coconuts out with the same old GOP message of protecting the rich, because they no longer hold a lead on civil liberties because they were the ones who came up and passed the Patriot Act, they were the ones who kidnapped and waterboarded, they were the ones who passed vaginal ultrasound bills throughout the nation (but leave the child abandoned after birth), they are the ones who love hating the gays, they were the ones who passed minority voter suppression laws right before a national election. I think the GOP has written off all minorities, but hey send out your coconuts, but don’t expect winning any elections. The GOP will reap what they have sown!

  • marilyn milam

    Just for the record, I remember the exact minute I chose to be heterosexual.

  • KieranD

    The two party system is a disaster. Both parties stand as advertising organizations that pander to the lowest common denominators to get votes – and since the lowest common denominators are the same, both parties are the same. All dems and repubs should be voted out of office.