Tell GOP Chairman: Focus on Jobs, Not Demonizing LGBT Families
  • Petitioned Reince Priebus

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Chairman, Republican National Committee
Reince Priebus

Tell GOP Chairman: Focus on Jobs, Not Demonizing LGBT Families

    1. Sponsored by

      Human Rights Campaign

April 2011


The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a website earlier this Spring,, that attacked lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender American families. Among the issues the RNC politicized were "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, hospital visitation, housing non-discrimination and relationship recognition -- criticizing efforts to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all of these areas.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched a petition campaign on calling out the RNC for this homophobic website, and urged RNC chair Reince Priebus to pull the website.

HRC President Joe Solmonese said that anger over the website should send a loud and clear message to the GOP that attacking LGBT families is offensive.

"Hopefully the Republican Party leadership has come to their senses and realized that attacking LGBT families offends the great majority of Americans," said Solmonese. "Polling overwhelmingly shows that Americans support LGBT equality and the Republican Party would be foolish to campaign on a platform based on discrimination and ignorance."

A new RNC "Hope Isn't Hiring" website unfairly demonizes the hopes and ambitions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans, as well as straight allies who support them. 

Reasonable people who visit the site would conclude that the RNC believes in discrimination against LGBT people. It sensationalizes issues like hospital visitation rights for loving families and ending housing discrimination, even though most Americans agree that these are the right things to do.

As chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus has the chance to do great things, but unfortunately, that same power can also be used to harm people. The “Hope Isn’t Hiring”  site makes LGBT families out to be the enemy when all they want is an America that treats everyone respectfully and equally.

The great irony is that many of the civil rights victories criticized on the site were made possible by Republicans, and others are supported in large numbers by members of the GOP. The historic passage of the law that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – supported by 77 percent of Americans – was made possible by the votes of eight Republican U.S. Senators and 15 Republican members of the House. 

Sign on to a letter urging Reince Priebus and the Republican Party leadership to end more mean-spirited campaigns against particular groups of Americans and focus instead on pressing national priorities.

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    • Cordane Consulting SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Ticket #8582. Verification of comments functional

    • jason boone BOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm gay and it bull that I can't marriage a mam

    • Dan Jones SONOMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      " reasonable people would conclude that the RNC believes in discrimination against LGBT people". And they do. Just look at the anti-gay party platforms.

    • Shai Fortner SARASOTA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I want my life and family back how is this even happening still . Pass UAFA now while we work out the repeal of DOMA. And even better dont call it same sex marriage just call it marriage. Plain and simple stop making individual rights for minorities that takes away our civil liberties..

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      As in George Orwell's 1984, the Republi-Cons are using distraction to hide their real agenda. That agenda is to make their rich puppetmasters lords of the planet, so they will hopefully be dukes and dutchesses, while the rest of are serfs.

      However, in the end, their and their puppetmasters' greed is unsustainable, because it is insatiable. Demonizing any group is only profitable in the short term. Long term it leads to destructive wars and civil strife. And, if we let our greedy mega industries pollute the planet, as they want, the other major nations will follow suit, and the whole planet will become a toxic toilet.

      From what I've seen, the Flat Earth Mad Tea Partiers are little more than semi brain dead zombies that for the most part can't be reasoned with. There are ways to a peaceful, prosperous, inclusive society that has a green Earth and us exploring the stars for its future... But, what I'm talking about is science fiction that could be social reality. But, so few of us, either left or right are capable of seeing what can be in some distant future and then being part of taking the steps to make it happen...


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