For GOP, ’In the Closet’ Is a Sexual Orientation
Since its shellacking in the November 2012 elections, the national Republican Party has been doing a lot of collective soul searching. The Grand Old Party is scrambling to appeal to younger voters, Latinos, blacks, women, city dwellers and other demographic groups that appear firmly in the Democratic camp.
In a latest attempt to gauge members’ views, the Republican National Committee has sent out a detailed questionnaire that seeks out information on a range of issues -- including same-sex marriage, abortion and legalization of marijuana.
America Blog, among others, reported that the survey includes a number of peculiar questions and employs language one might not normally associate with the GOP.
The RNC uses the words "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender" -- hardly revolutionary for the rest of us, but an apparent breakthrough for the party that only last August made opposition to marriage equality one of its positions. If the RNC may finally be trying to be more inclusive, the survey’s final question has raised more than a few eyebrows on the Internet: In asking members to give their sexual orientation, it offers the following choices: straight, gay, bisexual, not sure, or, "in the closet."
"While on a Democratic survey you might expect a question about sexual orientation, die-hard GOPers like to claim that no one should be asking anyone what his or her sexual orientation is since it’s ’just a sex practice,’" John Aravosis writes on America Blog. "But this survey treats it as far more than a sex practice.
"Oh, and Dear RNC," the gay blogger wryly adds, "’in the closet’ is not a sexual orientation. Though I guess in Republican circles, maybe it is."
A few other examples suffice to show that the Republican Party, despite whatever cluelessness bloggers may be satirizing, is wavering on a number of issues. Question 15, for example, dares to ask whether members like the Tea Party.