A stereotype, Mr. Cooper, is a presumptive or collective preconception of a group of people. In point of fact, the Republican Party is a wildly homophobic collection of politicians. Some of this is genuine hate and some is simply pandering to conservative Christians. The difference is irrelevant. The Republican Party, as a Congressional caucus, has opposed every measure it has ever considered that would provide gay people with more safety, dignity or security. That's not a stereotype; That is organized discrimination.
In 1978, as he was preparing to run for President, Ronald Reagan conspicuously opposed the Briggs Initiative would have banned gays and anyone who supported gay rights, from working in California's public schools. Had Romney been opposed to, say, Proposition 8 in 2008 it is a virtual certainty that he would not be the Republican nominee. The mullahs would not have allowed it.
Not only did Romney not oppose Proposition 8, he donated to the proponents of the anti-gay measure. Indeed, I will remind Mr. Cooper that more recently Romney signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge which obligates him to seek a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
But Mr. Cooper goes even further:
If the Romney campaign wants to defuse this story and make clear that the Republican candidate believes in a society where Americans are judged solely on their ability to perform, now is the time to prove it by showing unambiguous support for federal protections from workplace discrimination. It is wrong that federal contractors paid with federal tax dollars are still allowed to fire people for being LGBT.Romney did not have the balls to support his own hire. Yet, Mr. Cooper suggests that he should support workplace equality. And if he does not? Romney cannot stand up to a moronic blowhard like Bryan Fischer who, by the way, is now doing victory laps at our expense. Cooper worked for about the only sane Republican in Congress, my representative; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She happens to have a transgender son or she would be as nutty as the rest of the crew.
The only way to make the Republicans accountable is to stop electing them. Mr. Romney has just confirmed that very fact.
No gay person with an ounce of self-respect should support a political party that would make our very existence illegal if they could.