So much for fiscal issues, half of House Teabagger caucus are blatant homophobes

Yesterday, we posted the list of the 97 biggest homophobes in the U.S. House. They’re the sponsors of the anti-DOMA resolution. And, it sure looked like a lot of the GOPers are teabaggers. I wrote:

This list pretty much comprises the biggest homophobes in the U.S. House of Representatives. As of now, they’re all Republicans. The list is also an indication that the newly elected teabaggers are not just focused on fiscal issues. A number of the cosponsors are freshmen (for example, Sean Duffy (WI), Kristi Noem (SD), Tim Scott (GA) and many more.) So, yeah, the teabaggers are hard-core right-wingers on social issues, too. We’ll update the list when and if more cosponsors are added.

Today, we’ve got confirmation that the teabaggers are homophobes. Carlos Maza from Equality Matters compared the list of anti-DOMA sponsors to the Tea Party Caucus:

Of the 52 members of the House Tea Party Caucus, 26 have already signed on as co-sponsors to the bill, including Tea Party favorite Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

While traditional Republicans might be expected to support the bill, such a powerful endorsement from the Tea Party Caucus is puzzling because it contradicts two of the Tea Party’s core principles: Limited government and focus on fiscal responsibility.

The Defense of Marriage Act is a classic example of federal intrusion into states’ rights. DOMA explicitly prohibits the federal government from adhering to state definitions of marriage in instances where the state chooses to sanction the marriages of same-sex couples.

Yep, homophobia and legislative gay-bashing trump “principles.”


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