The RNC Committeeman Who's Not on Board With This Whole Gay Rights Thing Explains Himself

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March 28 2013 10:37 AM

The RNC Committeeman Who's Not on Board With This Whole Gay Rights Thing Explains Himself

Yesterday I wrote about the Facebook punditry of Dave Agema, a Michigan RNC committeeman who was't going along with the whole "try to sound nicer when you talk social issues" thing. He posted a quasi-viral list of anti-gay lifestyle arguments from Frank Joseph, M.D., and some Republicans were spooked. Agema, one of 168 Republicans who helps write the national party's rules and choose its chairman, was good enough to explain his views in an email.

His findings and others confirm its an unhealthy lifestyle. The gay activists portray themselves as innocent victims ; however, we who believe in traditional, time tested values are being bullied. Because I disagree with their views, I have had threats to me and my family- thats hate! This is not about hate but a lifestyle that is against 230 years of American history and filled with medical, psychological, legal and costs reasons to oppose it. If you truly loved someone, you would want them to know their lifestyle usually leads to early death. It's about common sense. It's about maintaining the family and its importance to the well being of the children and this nation.
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And here's the problem with the wise, beltway-driven Rebranding effort. You're a D.C. Republican consultant who gets booked on TV to talk about the glories of gay marriage? Good for you. I agree with you! But most of your party adamantly disagrees with you, and these people know how to write or say things that can make their way onto the Internet.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.