by Chet Hardin
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican? Crazy. Why don't Republicans brag about that constantly?
It's in the Our Party section of the site that former party vice-chairman Dave Williams has found his chance for outrage.
What Williams said on Facebook:
I'd really like to support the local party, but it becomes more and more difficult when it tries to subtly undermine our platform. Please don't beg me for money if this is what you're selling.
Oh no, what vile thing could the GOP possibly be selling? Two paragraphs noting the rare instances in which Republicans have shown cordiality to gays and lesbians. These two graphs — one of which notes that young Republicans and conservative independents tend to support gay marriage — are tucked into the nearly 7,000-word essay, borrowed from Wikipedia, on the history of the Republican Party.
Groups advocating for LGBT issues inside the party include the Log Cabin Republicans, GOProud, Young Conservatives For The Freedom To Marry, and College Republicans of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. A poll in March 2013 found that 34% of Republicans supported same-sex marriage, with 52% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents between the age of 18-49 years old supporting same-sex marriage.
Notable Republicans who support same-sex marriage include former Vice President Dick Cheney, former first lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former GOP national chairman Ken Mehlman, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Rob Portman, Meg Whitman, Tom Ridge, William Weld, Jane Swift, Paul Cellucci, Christine Todd Whitman, and Theodore Olson. The last figure has co-led the legal campaign against Californian anti-gay marriage measure Proposition 8. More than 100 former Republican lawmakers, leaders and governors signed an amicus brief calling for California's ban on same-sex marriage to be overturned.
Williams has a history with homosexuals.
For those of you who don't remember, he first got media attention after he attempted to use his position as student body president to torpedo an LGBT event at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
And last year, he riled many in his own party when he booed a fellow Republican at that party's state convention.
“I did boo,” said Williams, who’s the current Vice Chair of the El Paso Country Republican Party. “I booed because the Log Cabin Republicans were advocating something that was contrary to Republican platform. It had nothing to do with who they are. It had nothing to do with their sexuality.”
When asked about Williams' criticism of the county party's new site, Chairman Jeff Hays responded:
The El Paso County Republican Party is a diverse organization representing a variety of citizens of many viewpoints. Our supporters disagree on some issues, but we recognize and applaud their rights to their opinions and hold dear our common love for individual liberty, constitutional integrity, and limited government.