The Republican Party of Texas won't let gay Republicans set up booths at the party's convention. 

But that's not the big story, or at least it shouldn't be. Several DFW media outlets picked up the story this week. 

Both the Metroplex Republicans and Log Cabin Republicans have complained they were denied a booth at the GOP convention. The reason? They're gay. More specifically, they're groups that support policies that are in opposition to the GOP platform. 


The GOP or any other organization has every right to decide who does and does not get to set up at their convention. Texas GOP officials contend the denial of the gay rights groups isn't any different than denying a group that supports legalizing pot or gambling, both positions that are in opposition to the party platform.

And that would be fine if the argument was limited to gay marriage. But it's not. 

Here's what the Texas GOP platform says about homosexuality:

Homosexuality ― We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. 

So it's not just about gay marriage. The Texas GOP says just being gay ruins society. 

I get some people's opposition to gay marriage. But when your party has a problem with people just being gay - with their very existence - you don't get to complain when others perceive you as being intolerant.