What’s the smallest thing in the world?

Soon to be standard issue for every Texas state trooper on the search for sodomites.

A Texan with the shit kicked out of him.

Just in case you haven’t already seen this, the Texas GOP’s has released their 2010 platform.  Among other things, their wish list calls for the recriminalization of sodomy and they hope to make it a felony to issue marriage licenses to or officiate the weddings of gay couples. (And then there’s this: the state of Texas now makes it difficult for gay couples who wed elsewhere to obtain a divorce.)

There’s nothing really shocking, nothing really new, about this development. As I’ve written elsewhere, the history of U.S. sodomy law is a painfully slow expansion then contraction of sexual regulation. What will prove most comical, should the Texas GOP actually act on this stunted impulse, will be the states’ rights tactic adopted to get around Lawrence v. Texas.

A summary of the platform’s language, courtesy of Think Progress:

Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such. […]

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

The gay marriage and sodomy planks are, of course, nestled in the section titled “Strengthening Families, Protecting Life Promoting Health,” where the GOP asserts that:

….homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.

Read the platform — it’s an efficient, clean introduction to everything spiteful and perverse.


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