(Americanpoliticaldaily.com) – The Texas Republican Convention is set for mid-May. While the annual event is still a little more than three months away, it isn’t without controversy already.
The main reason for this is because the Republican Party in the state has denied a booth to the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that’s known for being pro-LGBT. The decision came down at a State Republican Executive Committee meeting recently, where the committee tabled the motion to give the group’s Houston chapter a booth at this year’s event.
Maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise, as the committee has done so consistently for more than 20 years. However, it is sparking continued debate and clashing between the more traditional conservative values among the Republican Party in Texas and a new wing of more liberal and/or libertarian members.
On the one side of the debate are LCR members, who say that the Republican Party in the state needs every voter it can get, and therefore shouldn’t be keeping anyone out. On the other side are people who believe the LCR holds beliefs that are not in line with tenets of the platform of the state’s Republican Party, which disqualified them from participating in the convention.
In response to being barred from the convention, Marco Roberts, the president of LCR Houston, said the following:
“Obviously, we are very disappointed with the decision made by our elected representatives. There were a few courageous members of the SREC who stood with us, even under enormous pressure to refrain from doing so. We owe them our highest respect and deepest gratitude. Many have told us that it is upon usto make the case for ourselves. We agree, and we intend to do that, for us, and for our great party.”
The issue at hand here is the official platform of the Texas GOP, which states that the party “affirm(s) God’s biblical design for marriage and sexual behavior between one biological man and one biological woman.” It also “oppose(s) homosexual marriage, regardless of state of origin.”
With that in mind, it’s not difficult to understand where the Executive Committee is coming from when it decided to bar the LCR from the convention — whether you believe in what they are saying or not. However, the argument LCR is making is that the only thing that requires adoption for participation in the convention is to be accepting of the 10 principles of the platform, none of which have anything to do with homosexuality.
Despite that argument, the Executive Committee remains unwavering in its views and intends to follow through on its promise to bar the Houston chapter of the LCR from its annual convention.