AFA to GOP: Be Wary of Courting Homosexual Vote

By Fred Jackson and Jody BrownApril 22, 2003

(AgapePress) - The head of a major pro-family group says when it comes to the issue of homosexuality, the Republican Party has become a "house divided."

Ken Connor of the Family Research Council says the GOP has officially endorsed pro-family and pro-marriage values and rejected the notion of same-sex marriage and other causes promoted by the pro-homosexual crowd. That is why, Connor says, he is having troubling figuring out why the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Marc Racicot, recently met with leaders of the Human Rights Campaign.

The HRC, Connor says, is the chief protagonist of the homosexual political agenda and contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates who support that agenda -- most of them Democrats.

Connor believes there is a concerted effort by some in the Republican Party to make it more "gay friendly" and an arrogance that says such a move will not cost the party its conservative base because that base has nowhere else to go.

But Connor warns there is somewhere they can go on election day -- they can go home. And that, he says, is exactly what millions of grassroots voters will do if the GOP is seen as abandoning its defense of marriage and family.

A Stand-Up Senator Meanwhile, another pro-family group -- Concerned Women for America -- says a recent verbal attack by a pro-homosexual group against a Republican senator should send a clear message to the GOP.

On Tuesday, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania voiced his concern on the potential effects of a Supreme Court ruling against Texas' sodomy law (Lawrence v. Texas). A ruling in the case is expected in late June. Santorum stated that a decision to strike the law in the Lone Star State would basically give people the "right to anything." [See Related Feature Article]

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [homosexual] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery," Santorum stated.

Santorum has since released a statement explaining that his comments were offered in the context of the impact such a ruling could have on families, and should not be misconstrued as a statement on "individual lifestyles."

Nevertheless, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) -- the nation's largest homosexual Republican group -- has condemned Santorum for his statements and is calling for him to step down from his leadership roles in the Senate. Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women for America, says the LCR's attack should signal the Republican Party it is making a mistake by courting the homosexual vote.

"The Log Cabin Republicans have shown once again that they don't see any room in the 'big tent' for people who object to homosexual behavior on religious grounds," Rios says. "I would remind the Republican leadership that millions of voters who make up the GOP base agree with Santorum -- not the 'gay' thought police."

Rios adds that the LCR reaction ought to show GOP leadership they cannot espouse family values "while embracing groups that are more loyal to deviant sexual behavior than the Republican cause."

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