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Republicans set to vote on anti-gay measures ahead of first primary debate

GayRVA Staff | August 4, 2015

While the Supreme Court may have ruled on same-sex marriage, that isn’t stopping the National Republican Committee from doubling down on anti-gay legislation and resolutions.

According to a leaked document obtained by Washington DC’s The Blade, suggests three unique LGBTQ related measures which would be voted on by a smaller committee by the middle of this week, and party wide by the end of the week.

Michigan House Member and RNC member Dave Agema (top picture) is proposing one of the anti-gay non-binding resolutions and has a history of comments which have lead to RNC Chair Reince Preibus  censuring him and asking him to step down. However Agema remains in office.

More details via the Blade:

One resolution, titled “Resolution for Balanced Sex-Ed in Schools,” was introduced by former Michigan State House lawmaker and RNC member Dave Agema. It encourages schools “teaching the homosexual lifestyle in their sexual education class” to “also include the harmful physical aspects of the lifestyle.”

Another resolution, titled “To Reserve, Strip and Pursue,” was introduced by Republican National Committee member Ross Little of Louisiana. The proposal responds to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage by calling for action from Congress saying the ruling violates the U.S. Constitution.

Another counter resolution in response to those proposals sponsored by Maryland RNC member Diana Waterman is also slated for consideration. That proposal starts by referring to the Growth & Opportunity Report, which in 2013 called for GOP inclusion of gays and other groups. The resolution says the court has ruled on marriage and candidates, not the RNC, should be commenting further on the decision, but Republicans should nonetheless “support and promote our nominee, regardless of their expressed opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges.” 

RNC members refused to comment on the leaked documents but confirmed to the Blade that the language was real.

The first Republican Primary debate is scheduled for Thursday night, it is unclear what role LGBTQ issues or same-sex marriage will play in the upcoming elections. A May 2015 Gallup Poll put support for same-sex marriage around 60% while opposition was only 37%.

You can read a full copy of the leaked text here at The Blade.