Texas Judge Leaves Republican Party Over GOP Homophobia
Bexar, Texas County Criminal Court Judge Carlo Key has given the Republican Party a pink slip in a video announcing his new allegiance to the Democrats. What prompted Key's change? The GOP's continued war against gay people.
"I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassinations. Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me. I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status. I will not be a member of a Party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country."
In the video, Key name checks San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chang, who came to our attention back in August for a string of homophobic incidents, including calling gays "disgusting."