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Get up, walk the dog: my life is mundane, but because I’m gay Texas Republicans think I’m abnormal | Arwa Mahdawi

This morning I woke up earlier than I wanted to, fed the baby, walked the dog, chatted with my wife, and procrastinated on some work. Yawning worldly, right?

Wrong. According to the Texas Republican Party, my same-sex marriage is an “abnormal lifestyle choice.” Also, “abnormal” people like me should not have any “special legal rights” related to being LGBTQ +. That position is explained in Article 143 of a far-right platform officially adopted at the recent Texas Republican Party convention in Houston.

The delegates did not stop there. The new platform oozes hatred and is riddled with conspiracy theories. He is vehemently anti-transgender, claiming that Joe Biden was not legitimately elected, and demands that the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which banned racial discrimination in elections, be “repealed and not allowed again.” The mask did not slip, it was ripped off immediately.

Although this platform has no legal weight, it indicates the direction in which the Republican party is going. “The platform is largely symbolic, but important as a measure of ideological drift,” a political scientist told the Texas Tribune. It is the latest evidence that the lunatic far-right strip in the US. It’s very scary.

However, it is not hatred of the right that scares me the most. What scares me the most is what’s going on in the center. While the far right is busy publishing plans to push back civil rights, centrists and liberals can’t help but worry about whether children these days are too “smart” and agonizing over the “culture of cancellation”. While Republicans point to all the ways they want to dismantle democracy, Democrats are obsessed with “citizenship” and fetishize bipartisanship and commitment.

They are not going to rob us of our rights; they will be politely engaged.

This morning I woke up earlier than I wanted to, fed the baby, walked the dog, chatted with my wife, and procrastinated on some work. Yawning worldly, right?

Wrong. According to the Texas Republican Party, my same-sex marriage is an “abnormal lifestyle choice.” Also, “abnormal” people like me should not have any “special legal rights” related to being LGBTQ +. That position is expressed in Article 143 of a far-right platform officially adopted at the recent Texas Republican Party convention in Houston.

The delegates did not stop there. The new platform oozes hatred and is riddled with conspiracy theories. He is vehemently anti-transgender, claiming that Joe Biden was not legitimately elected, and demands that the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which banned racial discrimination in elections, be “repealed and not allowed again.” The mask did not slip, it was torn off.

Although this platform has no legal weight, it indicates the direction in which the Republican party is going. “The platform is largely symbolic, but important as a measure of ideological drift,” a political scientist told the Texas Tribune. It is the latest evidence that the lunatic far-right strip in the US. It’s very scary.

However, it is not hatred of the right that scares me the most. What scares me the most is what’s going on in the center. While the far right is busy publishing plans to push back civil rights, centrists and liberals can’t help but worry about whether children are too “awake” and agonizing over “canceling culture”. While Republicans point to all the ways they want to dismantle democracy, Democrats are obsessed with the “civility” and fetishism of bipartisanship.

They are not going to rob us of our rights; they will be politely engaged.

Get up, walk the dog: my life is mundane, but because I’m gay Texas Republicans think I’m abnormal | Arwa Mahdawi

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