Ken Blackwell, who is running to be the head of the RNC (which effectively makes him the leader of the party), said the following:
MS: Did you choose to be heterosexual? Did you wake up one day and say I want to be heterosexual?
KB: The answer is that I’ve never had to make the choice because I’ve never had the urge to be other than a heterosexual, but if in fact I had the urge to be something else I could have in fact suppressed that urge.
MS: But you realize people were insulted when you compared [homosexuality] to arson and kleptomania. I would like you to explain that because, how does that get into this whole “choice” issue? I mean, kleptomania is a compulsion.
KB: Well, the fact is, you can choose to restrain that compulsion. And so I think in fact you don’t have to give in to the compulsion to be homosexual. I think that’s been proven in case after case after case…
KB: If in fact you would feel better for me to say to you that, one, I believe homosexuality is a compulsion that can be contained, repressed or changed, and that makes you feel better, then that is what I’m saying in the clearest of terms.
(MS is Michelangelo Signorile, KB is Ken Blackwell – see full interview with audio) And, not that this is news, Mike Huckabee and Ann Coulter compete to be the least gay-friendly, or as they call it, “pro-sodomy”, because how I have sex is vastly more important than the fact that I love a guy. (not addressed, but I assume they’re against sodomy for straight couples as well?) I didn’t realize that Huckabee pushed an amendment to ban sodomy in the state of Arkansas when he was governor.
I would argue the Republican party is getting more homophobic than it was under Bush – he didn’t do much for us but he didn’t seem to have a problem with gay people per se. Ken Blackwell is saying just being gay, even if you never have sex, is wrong.
I should really make a collection of these that I can point people to when I hear that the Republicans and Democrats are the same. (not that I hear this much anymore, but that’s what a lot of people thought in 2000)