The Republican Party has been very busy trying to find a way to burnish their image rather a lot lately without actually managing to do much. The latest to try and stick a wedge between the Democratic Party and the LGBT Community is former Mitt Romney adviser Stuart Stevens.
The problem is that the Republican Party may try to claim that they are not bigoted for their opposition to LGBT rights because the Democrats are just as bigoted, or something along those lines.
To MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Stevens said
First, I think we have to say, 200 hours ago, Hillary Clinton hadn’t announced that she was for gay marriage. The 2008 Democratic platform that Barack Obama ran on was not for gay marriage. So I think it’s good to take a step back and look at where the country is on this and where people are thinking about it and looking into their hearts and coming to a decision. I think to try to divide this between political lines is really the wrong way to go. And it’s clearly not a party issue when you have Hillary Clinton following Rob Portman. I don’t think people are looking at it as an R and D issue. [...]
I think that one has to be careful about pushing it to these extremes, because as I said, in 2008, the platform of the Democratic Party was not for gay marriage, so to say that this is a litmus test on civil rights — when four years ago the Democratic Party was against it — I think is just not productive in the discussion.
The Republican Party has tried this tactic with the Black Community in the past by trying to claim the Democrats are really the racists despite the fact that the Republicans are the ones who attack the rights of the Black Community.
While the Democrats have, by and large, lagged a little bit on LGBT rights, they have been at the forefront of the attempts to legalize same-sex marriage, and protect LGBT people from discrimination. Former Secretary of State Clinton, for instance, included support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Matthew Shepard Act in her 2008 Presidential Platform. She also supported the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and full equality for same-sex couples through civil unions.
ThinkProgress also noted that:
Moreover, a side-by-side comparison of party platforms reveals a harsh juxtaposition. The 2008 Democratic Party Platform, which Stevens cites as his example, was hardly “against” same-sex marriage. Its only mention of the word “marriage” was in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act — in addition to calling for “equal responsibility, benefits, and protections” for same-sex couples. Compare this to the 2012 Republican Party Platform, which was arguably its most anti-gay platform ever. With language drafted by Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate-group-classified Family Research Council, it called same-sex marriage “an assault on the foundations of our society,” encouraging a “national standard” of heterosexual-only marriage because it’s “best for children.” And of course, Stevens had to reach back to 2008 because the 2012 Democratic Platform did include a call for full marriage equality.
The Republicans have been desperate to change the look of their party without actually changing their platform. The problem is that they cannot get their own members to fo along with the fiction, and can’t get the American public to buy it very well any more.