San Antonio Judge Carlo Key has announced in a campaign video, posted to YouTube, that he won’t be running for re-election as a Republican in 2014.
“I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation,” said Key.
Key’s decision stems from, in part, the anti-gay backlash from some Republicans in San Antonio as the city council voted on a non-discrimination ordinance including LGBT people.
“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them,” said Key.
“I think it says to the LGBT community that there are a number of Republicans who also won’t stand for discrimination. That’s not what the Republican party has traditionally stood for,” said David Taffet, of the Dallas Voice.
Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage
Gay marriage is illegal in Oklahoma, but that didn’t stop Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear. They married through the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribal Court, which isn’t subject to state laws.
Same-sex marriage is now recognized by the federal government, and the tribal court doesn’t specify gender, so, the couple got their marriage license.
The marriage still won’t be recognized by the state of Oklahoma, but the men will now be able to receive federal tax benefits.
Radio host and Pastor Kevin Swanson is calling for a boycott of girl scout cookies because, unlike the boy scouts, the girls scouts have never banned gay members.
“I don’t want to support lesbianism. I don’t want to support Planned Parenthood and I don’t want to support abortion, and if that be the case I’m not buying Girl Scout cookies,” said Swanson in a recent address, posted online by RightWingWatch.
In its mission statement, the Girls Scouts says “We recognize the basic human rights of all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.”