MassResistance Texas leader keeps anti-LGBT-agenda plank in state GOP Party Platform

“Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice” – stays in the 2024 platform!

LGBT Log Cabin Republicans tried to get it taken out, but MassResistance prevailed.

June 6, 2024
ALT TEXT The Log Cabin Republicans came to take back their ground, but it wasn't happening this time!

The Texas Republican Party State Convention took place May 20-25 in San Antonio. Ironically, it was a week before the start of “gay pride month.”

Many state Republican parties have been caving to pressure from the LGBT lobby and backing away from pro-family issues. But our Texas MassResistance director, Tracy Shannon, has successfully led the battle to keep the Texas GOP from sliding to the left on those issues. Tracy’s family and many others have been affected by the LGBT agenda, as have countless schoolchildren across the state.

Tracy led the winning fight two years ago …

Two years ago, at the 2022 Texas GOP Convention, Tracy and fellow MassResistance delegate Kevin Whitt successfully led a bitter fight in the platform committee to get the language “Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice …” before the full convention – and it passed overwhelmingly. Here is the full text of that platform plank:

Homosexuality: Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin, and we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. No one should be granted special legal status based on their LGBTQ+ identification.

Getting this passed was a shock to the LGBT movement. Within a week, the Chairman of the Texas Log Cabin Republicans resigned over that defeat.

The LGBT activists came back this year

This year the Log Cabin Republicans were re-grouped and determined. During the convention they moved to remove that plank from the party platform.

Rising up to speak, Tracy took charge to make sure that the language remained. She pulled no punches. She told the convention that there can be no neutral position when it comes to this issue. If the party backs away from it, then it all but endorses the lifestyle.

ALT TEXT Tracy Shannon takes charge and rallies the convention not to back down.

As soon as other delegates saw that the attempt to normalize homosexuality in the GOP was being strongly opposed, more of them spoke out.

A battle back and forth

There was now disagreement in the platform committee. The LGBT contingent insisted that the platform shouldn't make a statement about homosexuality. They argued that the platform already mentioned that marriage is defined as one man and one woman.

From there, the waters got muddied in other ways. “Some delegates argued that we should also be condemning a number of other sins in our platform,” Tracy recounted. “People wanted to make a statement about adultery, for example. However, we reminded them that there is no organized group within the Texas GOP that wants to normalize adultery or various other sexual perversions. And there were delegates who wanted to remove the plank which opposed men in women’s sports, claiming that issue has been resolved. But we all know it hasn’t been resolved.”

Then a libertarian contingent of the platform committee submitted a watered down version of the homosexuality plank as an alternative. That was brought to the floor, and several delegates went to the microphones to speak for and against it.

To counter that, Tracy made a motion to amend the language to say "Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible." That is the language that was in the platform before 2018, when members of the Log Cabin Republicans were able to soften it (until 2022). Many delegates made it clear that they loved Tracy’s language, but her motion was disallowed on a technicality.

The final vote: Tracy’s leadership wins again!

When the final vote was taken, Tracy prevailed. The watered down version failed. The 2022 language was kept in the 2024 Texas GOP platform!  

“The Texas GOP still considers homosexuality to be abnormal behavior,” she remarked.

And more: With that momentum, gender identity language was also added to the 2024 Texas GOP platform:

The State of Texas shall require that all public and private restrooms, changing facilities, showers, etc., be segregated based on biological sex. We oppose any attempt to criminalize or penalize anyone for the wrong use of pronouns.

Final Thoughts

This is another great example of how one person standing up and fighting back can make a big difference.

The LGBT movement's aggressive push for transgender grooming in schools, pornography and Drag Queens in libraries, and explicit "gay" sex-ed in all grades needs to be countered by public officials. The Party Platform is crucial to that.

By many accounts, if Tracy Shannon had not boldly come forth and admonished the crowd, the auditorium full of good people would not have been resolute. The momentum would have turned and the RINO LGBT Log Cabin Republicans would have gotten their way. We’ve seen it happen many times. Thank you, Tracy!

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