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Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida Message Board › Tea Party fave in spotlight for 'gay' stance

Tea Party fave in spotlight for 'gay' stance

A former member
Post #: 1
A conservative military advocate wants to educate voters about potential GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul who was one of a handful of Republican members of Congress who voted last year to repeal the law that banned homosexuals from military service.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) officially announced the formation of a 2012 presidential exploratory committee during a recent event in Des Moines, Iowa. An exploratory committee allows Paul to raise and spend money toward a 2012 candidacy. Paul finished fifth in the 2008 caucuses and has visited Iowa seven times since.

The Texas congressman is a favorite among libertarians and enjoys strong backing by many tea party supporters. In addition, The Associated Press reports he spoke at a rally for Christian homeschool advocates at the State Capitol last month.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center of Military Readiness, says however that Paul supported President Barack Obama and homosexual activists with his vote during last year's lame-duck session of the 111th Congress to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" -- the law excluding homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.

"People should know that Ron Paul voted for gays in the military in 2010," Donnelly states. "I think he should be held accountable for that vote. Certainly anyone who supports the military should question his support of the armed forces with that vote on his record."

Donnelly believes the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" should be an issue in the upcoming presidential campaign.

In this and other respects, Ron Paul has alienated Social Conservatives and endangered the lives of those serving in the military:

Report Exposes Unacceptable Risks of Changing Pentagon's Homosexual Exclusion Policy

Why doesn't FDA allow men who have had sex with men to donate blood?

A history of male-to-male sex is associated with an increased risk for the presence of and transmission of certain infectious diseases, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. FDA's policy is intended to protect all people who receive blood transfusions from an increased risk of exposure to potentially infected blood and blood products.

The deferral for men who have had sex with men is based on the following considerations regarding risk of HIV:

* Men who have had sex with men since 1977 have an HIV prevalence (the total number of cases of a disease that are present in a population at a specific point in time) 60 times higher than the general population, 800 times higher than first time blood donors and 8000 times higher than repeat blood donors (American Red Cross). Even taking into account that 75% of HIV infected men who have sex with men already know they are HIV positive and would be unlikely to donate blood, the HIV prevalence in potential donors with history of male sex with males is 200 times higher than first time blood donors and 2000 times higher than repeat blood donors.

* Men who have had sex with men account for the largest single group of blood donors who are found HIV positive by blood donor testing.­

Thus the question is posed -- is the RLC-CEF going to reject the Social Conservative vote in order to embrace what is a central plank of the Democratic Party line?

In Liberty,

-- Veteran

A former member
Post #: 33
The RLC puts principle before party always. I don't believe most RLC members would reject something based solely on the fact that some Democrats support it. If you will read the 'about' section of the RLC, you will see that the RLC's concerns deal with supporting fiscal conservatism and liberty.

One of the things I personally like about the RLC is the conglomeration of ideas and opinions. We don't have an overbearing, central authority that tell members we must support this thing or reject that thing.
A former member
Post #: 3,295
Surprisingly, Ron Paul is currently the only Republican presidential candidate with military experience.
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