mike huckabee, ted cruz, bobby jindal, gop, orlando shooting, thoughts and prayers
mike huckabee, ted cruz, bobby jindal, gop, orlando shooting, thoughts and prayers

31 GOP Politicians, Their Thoughts, Prayers and Anti-Gay Votes

Hi, conservative politicians.

We’ve seen your responses to the massacre in Orlando. We’ve read your messages. We’ve listened to your statements. And here is our response:

Fuck you.

Each and every one of you has spent years attacking, dehumanizing and oppressing the LGBT community. Just last week, you were telling America that trans women would rape our daughters in public bathrooms. Now you expect us to believe you’re sad?

Fuck you.

You helped make this happen. And once the bodies are cleaned up, you’re going to go right back to pushing anti-LGBT laws.

Fuck your prayers.

You use your religion as a cudgel to beat LGBT people with. Fuck your prayers.

Rep. Diane Black on LGBT rights:

  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)

Marco Rubio on LGBT rights:

  • One-man-one-woman marriage existed before our laws. (Apr 2015)
  • I oppose gay marriage, but it’s the law of the land. (Apr 2015)
  • Balance gay anti-discrimination with religious rights. (Mar 2014)
  • Defining marriage does not demean a class of people. (Jun 2013)
  • I believe in historical marriage, but ok if states redefine. (Jun 2013)
  • Leave gay marriage to states, but keep DOMA. (Mar 2013)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn on LGBT rights:

  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Oct 2013)

Sen. John Cornyn on LGBT rights:

  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)

Sen. Tom Cotton on LGBT rights:

  • Support DOMA and traditional marriage. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)

Rep. Scott Tipton on LGBT rights:

  • Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito on LGBT rights:

  • Marriage is between a man and a woman. (Oct 2014)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on LGBT rights:

  • Future of conservatism demands traditional marriage. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

Fuck your prayers particularly hard, Mitch McConnell.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on LGBT rights:

  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Rated 0 percent by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)

Fuck your thoughts as well as your prayers.

Rep. Louie Gohmert on LGBT rights:

  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Jan 2014)

Sen. Pat Roberts on LGBT rights:

  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Feb 2014)

Rep. Renee Ellmers on LGBT rights:

  • Marriage is between one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)

Rep. Pete Sessions on LGBT rights:

  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Mar 2014)

Andy Harris on LGBT rights:

  • Marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Jan 2014)

Sen. Richard Burr on LGBT rights:

  • Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)

Rep. Mark Meadows on LGBT rights:

  • Protect the institution of marriage. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)

Sen. Ron Johnson on LGBT rights:

  • Public dislikes when judges replace democracy, like DADT. (Oct 2010)
  • Marriage is between one man and one woman. (Jun 2010)
  • Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)

Sen. Kelly Ayotte on LGBT rights:

  • Repeal state gay marriage law; don’t repeal DOMA. (Jun 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)

Sen. Richard Shelby on LGBT rights:

  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

YOU LIE. Here’s Rep. Joe Wilson on LGBT rights:

  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)

Fuck your heart.

Mitt Romney on LGBT rights:

  • Everything but “marriage” for gay couples. (Sep 2012)
  • 2002: domestic partnership benefits instead of civil unions. (Jan 2012)
  • 1993: Denied ever calling homosexuality “perverse”. (Nov 2011)
  • 2003: Battled legislatively against legalizing gay marriage. (Mar 2010)
  • Marriage is not just quaint custom; recognize critical role. (Mar 2010)
  • MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • Don’t ask, don’t tell sounds silly, but it’s effective. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn’t de redefined. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law. (Apr 2006)
  • Every child deserves a mother and a father. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage. (Sep 2002)

Sen. Orrin Hatch on LGBT rights:

  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)

The Associated Press, 1999, on Orrin Hatch:
Hatch says when he told fellow Republicans at their state convention two months ago that they should be proud of their party because “we don’t have the gays and lesbians with us,” he didn’t intend the comment to sound prejudicial.

Fuck your erasure.

Fuck your refusal to acknowledge that this was an attack on LGBT Americans, many of whom were black or Latinx. Framing it as a generic terrorist attack helps you sidestep the problem of homophobia—a problem you contribute to.

Paul Ryan on LGBT issues:

  • Supports DOMA; supports constitutional ban on gay marriage. (Mar 2013)
  • Keep DADT; no gay adoption; no need for gay hate crime laws. (Aug 2012)
  • Let each state separately define DOMA and marriage. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on LGBT rights:

  • I support traditional marriage. (Oct 2014)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)

Michael McCaul on LGBT rights:

  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Feb 2014)

Fuck your war-mongering.

Fuck your attempts to blame Islam for homophobia while using your Christian faith as an excuse to oppress LGBT people. Fuck you for trying to exploit 50 dead queer people to attack Muslims. Fuck your hypocrisy. Fuck your blood-lust. Fuck your diseased, broken version of Christianity.

Speaking of spreading hate and murder, here’s Rep. Mike Kelly on LGBT rights:

  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Feb 2014)

Speaking of attacks on people’s freedoms, here’s Sen. John Boozman on LGBT rights:

  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

Fuck you three in particular.

Last year, Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal took part in a rally where a pastor advocated the death penalty as punishment for homosexuality.

Mike Huckabee on LGBT rights:

  • Stop criminalization of Christianity, like on gay marriage. (Sep 2015)
  • The court’s ruling on gay marriage was unconstitutional. (Sep 2015)
  • Don’t force children to accept transgender choice by others. (Jun 2015)
  • Amendment to overturn Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. (May 2015)
  • Same-sex marriage leads to criminalization of Christianity. (Apr 2015)
  • Courts cannot unilaterally allow same-sex marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • If GOP abdicates on gay marriage, they lose guys like me. (Oct 2014)
  • Supreme Court can’t allow gay marriage all by itself. (Oct 2014)
  • Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust. (Dec 2013)
  • Address gay behavior if problematic, not gay attitudes. (Jun 2007)
  • Gay tolerance reflects lack of fixed societal standards. (Jun 2007)
  • Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions. (Jan 2007)
  • Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in Arkansas. (Dec 2006)
  • No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue. (Nov 1992)

Ted Cruz on LGBT rights:

  • Supreme Court gay rights ruling undermines the Constitution. (Jul 2015)
  • Adopt economic affirmative action instead of race-based. (Jun 2015)
  • Pray against a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • Liberals obsessed with mandatory gay marriage in 50 states. (Apr 2015)
  • Zealotry on same-sex marriage leaves out religious liberty. (Apr 2015)
  • Most states can ignore Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. (Mar 2015)
  • Overturn Supreme Court with anti-gay marriage Amendment. (Oct 2014)
  • Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage. (Feb 2012)
  • One-man-one-woman marriage is building block of society. (Jul 2011)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored state definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Feb 2014)

Bobby Jindal on LGBT rights:

  • Discrimination in America today is against Christians. (Sep 2015)
  • Protect first amendment rights for Christian business owners. (Aug 2015)
  • Institution of marriage existed long before our laws existed. (Apr 2015)
  • Ok to deny services to gays based on religious beliefs. (Apr 2015)
  • Strong views opposing same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports constitutional amendment to define marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)

Fuck every single one of you.

Fuck each and every one of you who condemn queer people while feigning shock that this mass-murder happened. Fuck you for expecting you to applaud your fake grief. You did this. Fuck you.