A Diverse Group of 13 State and National Organizations Challenge RNC Chairman Michael Steele to Demand an Inclusive Platform
WASHINGTON and AUSTIN (July 15, 2010) – Today, a broad coalition of non-partisan organizations raised their voices to issue a joint statement calling on RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri to forcefully reject the 2010 State Platform of the Republican Party of Texas.
The platform has numerous tenets that are divisive and bigoted, including:
“We call on you both to forcefully reject this platform of division and bigotry and instead craft a new one that unifies Americans around the core principles of democracy,” The letter declares. “Basic human dignity demands that the Texas GOP go back to the drawing board to create a platform that is inclusive of the values of fairness and justice for all.”
The statement calls on the Texas GOP to abandon their current platform and adopt a direction that recognizes the basic human dignity of all people. Additionally, the letter calls on Steele to express his leadership by calling for an end to similar tenets beginning to appear in the platforms of several other states.
Since declaring the platform earlier this month, state Republican parties in several others states have adopted tenets similar to those found in the Texas platform.
The full statement and list of signatories follows:
An Open Letter to RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri:
Our country currently faces critical challenges that compel us to work together as Americans. The American people rightly will not tolerate those who seek to divide us and further their own misguided or selfish political purposes. And that’s exactly what the platform of the Republican Party of Texas aims to do.
We call on you both to forcefully reject this platform of division and bigotry and instead craft a new one that unifies Americans around the core principles of democracy. The country is watching to see if you will continue to align yourself with divisive tactics that do nothing more than marginalize people or if instead you will commit yourself to one America; free of the hate, bigotry and prejudice found in the Texas GOP platform.
Our sincere hope is that the document was drafted without your approval. While largely objectionable in its entirety, some specifics tenets are so egregious that they deserve to be called out:
The undersigned are a broad cross-section of nonpartisan organizations that work every day to secure justice for and improve the lives of all Americans. We find it unacceptable that one of our two political parties would espouse beliefs that threaten the safety and security of countless Americans by advocating positions that are wrong and unjust.
Chairman Steele, since the Texas platform was adopted, more state Republican parties have inappropriately jumped on this misguided bandwagon. On June 19th, the Montana GOP adopted their platform which includes the following provision: “We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.” This past Friday, a panel of GOP delegates in Idaho adopted the language “naturally born man and woman” to define marriage.
We urge you both to reject the Republican Party of Texas platform immediately and to stop these divisive politics that marginalize and criminalize anyone who is not of the assumed majority view. Basic human dignity demands that the Texas GOP go back to the drawing board to create a platform that is inclusive of the values of fairness and justice for all.
Will you stand with us?
Human Rights Campaign
League of United Latin American Citizens
Love Makes a Family Political Action Committee (Connecticut)
National Black Justice Coalition
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund