The Texas Republican Party, which is already licking its wounds after mainstream Republicans were trounced by Tea Party insurgent candidates in Tuesday’s primary runoff, is now dealing with another controversy, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The State Republican Convention, which opens next week, interestingly, in Democratic governor candidate Wendy Davis' home town of Ft. Worth, has refused to allow a gay Republican group, the Log Cabin Republicans, to participate.
"I think you would have to be living in the Stone Age to believe, realistically, that homosexually 'tears at the fabric of society'," Gregory Angelo, who heads the Log Cabin Republicans, told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.
Republican State Party Chairman Steve Munisteri denied that the Log Cabin Republicans were singled out for discrimination.
"They were treated just like every other group that is in that situation," he said. "We turned down a booth for pro gambling groups, we had inquiries from a pro legalization group."
Munisteri says the platform of the Texas Republican Party is to oppose gay marriage, and any group that supports gay marriage, like the Log Cabin Republicans, is not in step with the party.
He says they were not blocked from attending the convention, just blocked from buying a booth.
"Those groups have been associated with promoting the legalization of gay marriage, and that is not the current position of the Texas Republican Party."
Cathy Adams, who heads the Texas Eagle Forum, a conservative group, says the Log Cabin Republicans are trying to cause trouble.
"These are people who are just pushing the envelope," she said. "They have the First Amendment right to ask, but the answer is, no thank you."