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http://static.texastribune.org/media/documents/FINAL_2010_STATE_REPUBLICAN_PARTY_PLATFORM.pdf

CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

Family and Defense of Marriage – We support the definition of marriage as a God–ordained, legal and moral commitment

only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the

assault on marriage by judicial activists. We call on the President and Congress to take immediate action to defend the

sanctity of marriage. We are resolute that Congress exercise authority under the United States Constitution, and pass

legislation withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the

definition of marriage. We further call on Congress to pass and the state legislatures to ratify a marriage amendment

declaring that marriage in the United States shall consist of and be recognized only as the union of a natural man and a

natural woman. Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights

or status of a spouse. We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as

domestic partners without being legally married. We advocate the repeal of laws that place an unfair tax burden on

families. We call upon Congress to completely remove the marriage penalty in the tax code, whereby a married couple

receives a smaller standard deduction than their unmarried counterparts living together. The primary family unit consists

of those related by blood, heterosexual marriage, or adoption. The family is responsible for its own welfare, education,

moral training, conduct, and property.

Family Values – We affirm that this section is a response to the attacks on traditional family values. These include wellfunded,

vigorous political and judicial attempts by powerful organizations and branches of the government to force

acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior upon school children, parents, educational institutions,

businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities. These aggressive, intolerant efforts

marginalize as bigots anyone who dissents.

Marriage and Divorce – We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that the integrity of this institution should be protected

at all levels of government. We urge the Legislature to rescind no–fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.

Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple

and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown

of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the

fundamental, unchanging truths that have been

ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be

presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to

include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant

special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin),

custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil

penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority

granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Pornography – We urge our governmental bodies to enforce laws regarding all forms of pornography. We urge more

stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented

businesses. We oppose the sale of “Not Rated” (NR) movies and video games to minors.

Ethics in Broadcasting – We call upon the Federal Communications Commission to revoke broadcast licenses of stations

that air programs and advertisements in violation of existing laws and FCC guidelines. We further oppose reinstatement of

the Fairness Doctrine and any similar concept, which would limit outlets for free speech.

The Republican Party of Texas is very radical. They go as far as to say they want homosexual marriage to be a felony.

Texas is fucked.

As is their policy on abortions:

Party Candidates and the Platform on Protecting Innocent Human Life – We implore our Party to support, financially or

with in-kind contributions, only those candidates who support protecting innocent human life. Further, we strongly

encourage the State Republican Executive Committee to hear and recognize the longstanding and overwhelmingly

consistent voice of the grass roots and revise its by-laws to make this action binding on our Party.

Partial Birth Abortion – We oppose partial birth abortion. We recommend that Congress eliminate from all federal court

jurisdictions all cases involving challenges to banning Partial Birth Abortion.

Right To Life – All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore,

the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We affirm our support for a Human

Life Amendment to the Constitution and to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection applies to unborn

children. We support the Life at Conception Act. We oppose the use of public revenues and/or facilities for abortion or

abortion–related services. We support the elimination of public funding for organizations that advocate or support

abortion. We are resolute regarding the reversal of Roe v. Wade. We affirm our support for the appointment and election

of judges at all levels of the judiciary who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We

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insist that the U.S. Department of Justice needs to prosecute hospitals or abortion clinics for committing induced labor

(live birth) abortion. We are opposed to genocide, euthanasia, and

assisted suicide. We oppose legislation allowing the withholding of nutrition and hydration to the terminally ill or

handicapped. Until our final goal of total Constitutional rights for the unborn child is achieved, we beseech the Texas

Legislature in consideration of our state’s rights, to enact laws that restrict and regulate abortion including:

1. parental and informed consent;

2. prohibition of abortion for gender selection;

3. prohibition of abortion due to the results of genetic diagnosis

4. licensing, liability, and malpractice insurance for abortionists and abortion facilities;

5. prohibition of financial kickbacks for abortion referrals;

6. prohibition of partial birth and late term abortions; and

7. enactment of any other laws which will advance the right to life for unborn children.

Sonograms – We urge the Texas legislature in its next biennial session to enact legislation requiring a sonogram be

performed and offered as part of the consent process to each mother seeking an elective abortion.

Harassing Pregnancy Centers – We urge legislation to protect pregnancy centers from harassing ordinances to require

pregnancy centers to post signs in violation of their Constitutional rights. We further oppose any regulation of pregnancy

centers in Texas which interfere with their private, charitable business.

Choose Life - We ask the Legislature to provide Texans opportunity to purchase "Choose Life" license plates.

Parental Consent – We call on the Legislature to require parental consent for any form of medical care to minors. We urge

electoral defeat of judges who through judicial activism seek to nullify the Parental Consent Law by granting bypasses to

minor girls seeking abortions. We support the addition

of a legislative requirement for the reporting of judicial bypasses to parental consent on an annual basis to the Department

of State Health Services and such reports shall be made available to the public. Further, we encourage the Congress to

remove confidentiality mandates for minors from family planning service programs operating under Title X of the Public

Health Services Act and Medicaid.

Protection of Women’s Health – Because of the personal and social pain caused by abortions, we call for the protection of

both women and their unborn children from pressure for unwanted abortions. We commend the Texas Legislature for the

passage of the Woman’s Right to Know Act, a law requiring abortion providers, prior to an abortion, to provide women full

knowledge of the physical and psychological risks of abortion, the characteristics of the unborn child, and abortion

alternatives. We urge the state government and the Department of State Health Services to ensure that all abortion

providers are in compliance with this informed consent law and to ensure that all pregnancy centers and other entities

assisting women in crisis pregnancies have equal access to the informational brochures created by the Department of

State Health Services.

Alternatives to Abortion – We urge the Department of State Health Services to provide adequate quantities of The

Woman’s Right to Know Resource Directory to anyone that works with pregnant women.

RU 486 – We urge the FDA to rescind approval of the physically dangerous RU-486 and oppose limiting the

manufacturers’ and distributors’ liability.

Morning After Pill – We oppose sale and use of the dangerous “Morning After Pill.”

Gestational Contracts – We believe rental of a woman’s womb makes child bearing a mere commodity to the highest

bidder and petition the Legislature to rescind House Bill 724 of the 78th Legislature. We support the adoption of human

embryos and the banning of human embryo trafficking.

Unborn Child Pain Protection – We support legislation that requires doctors, at first opportunity, to provide to a woman

who is pregnant, information about the nervous system development of her unborn child and to provide pain relief for her

unborn if she orders an abortion.

Unborn Victims of Violence Legislation – We urge the State to ensure that the Prenatal Protection Law is interpreted

accurately and consider the unborn child as an equal victim in any crime, including domestic violence.

Abortion Clinics – We propose legislation that holds abortion clinics to the same health regulations as other medical

facilities and that subjects clinics to the same malpractice liabilities. We oppose any public funding for Planned

Parenthood or other organizations/facilities that provide, advocate or promote abortions.

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Abortion Requirements for Hospitals – We propose legislation that entitles hospitals to refuse to perform abortions

because government has no moral authority to require such an abortion.

Conscience Clause – We believe that doctors, nurses, pharmacists, any employees of hospitals and insurance

companies, health care organizations, medical and scientific research students, and any employee should be protected by

Texas law if they conscientiously object to participate in practices that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs,

including but not limited to abortion, the prescription for and dispensing of drugs with abortifacient potential, human

cloning, embryonic stem cell research, eugenic screenings, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the withdrawal of nutrition

and hydration. We call on the Texas Legislature to pass legislation to strengthen and clarify the current conscience clause

in the Occupational Code to include the above-mentioned persons and practices. We further encourage legislation that requires

hospitals and clinics to inform all health care personnel of their right to refuse to become involved in abortion or euthanasia, and their

protection from prosecution and retaliation under Texas law.

Fetal Tissue Harvesting – We support legislation prohibiting experimentation with human fetal tissue and prohibiting the

use of human fetal tissue or organs for experimentation or commercial sale. Until such time that fetal tissue harvesting is

illegal, any product containing fetal tissue shall be so

labeled.

Stem Cell Research – We oppose any legislation that would allow for the creation and/or killing of human embryos for

medical research. We encourage stem cell research using cells from umbilical cords, from adults, and from any other

means which does not kill human embryos. We oppose any state funding of research that destroys/kills human embryos.

We encourage the adoption of existing embryos. We call for legislation to withhold state and/or federal funding from

institutions that engage in scientific research involving the killing of human embryos or human cloning.

Human Cloning – Each human life, whether created naturally or through an artificial process, deserves protection. We

confirm that somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is the process by which a human being is cloned, and that SCNT

creates a unique human being with the same properties of a human embryo created through the union of sperm and egg.

We seek a ban on human cloning for reproductive purposes (where a cloned human embryo, created through SCNT, is

implanted in a womb and the human clone is birthed). We also seek a ban on research cloning (where a cloned human

embryo, created through SCNT, is created, grown in the laboratory, and then destroyed when its stem cells are extracted

for research purposes). Furthermore, criminal penalties should be created and experimenters prosecuted who participate

in the cloning of human beings. No government or state funding should be provided for any human cloning.

Patient Protection – We support patients’ rights by calling on the state legislature to amend the Advance Directive Act to

establish due process of law and ensure that a physician’s decision to deny life saving treatment against the patient’s will

or advance directive is not due to economic or racial discrimination or discrimination based on disability. We also support

the passage of legislation to amend the Advance Directive Act by requiring hospitals intending or threatening to withdraw

life-sustaining treatment against the patient’s wishes or their advance directive to continue all treatment and care for such patients pending transfer to another facility.

Gene Manufacturing – We support a ban on research that alters human DNA in living human beings at any stage of life,

including the altering of artificial, manufactured, and natural genes and chromosomes.

Edited by Black Wolf

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The Republican Party of Texas is very radical. They go as far as to say they want homosexual marriage to be a felony.

I don't see anything about a felony in the statements you quoted. Something illegal at the state level is not a felony.

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Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.

The felony charges would be against the person issuing the marriage license, not the recipients, apparently. And felonies can absolutely be a state-level crime.

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Although I wrote it concerning Proposition 8, my article "Romantic love: Victim to the tyranny of tradition" (http://aristotleslighthouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/romantic-love-victim-to-tyranny-of.html) still applies to these morons in Texas. Feel free to pass it around.

That link you posted is broken for some reason but this one will work.

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