May 26, 2016
The majority of Texans are gay, writes Texas GOP
by Taylor Sperry
Earlier this month, the Texas Republican Party gathered in Dallas to update the party platform for 2016. “As expected,” Leif Reigstad writes for Texas Monthly, “the platform was basically a conservative cake baked from scratch with only the most organic far-right ingredients: a spoonful of small-government, a few sprinkles of anti-abortion, a pinch of xenophobia, a cup of climate change denial, and of course, a whole lot of gay-bashing.”
Or that was the intention, anyway. Paragraph 84 of the platform, concerning homosexuality, begins:
Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that has been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nations founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.
Because the word “has” is singular, it must refer to the noun “behavior,” meaning it’s the “behavior” of homosexuality (not the “fundamental unchanging truths”) that the language suggests is ordained by God, recognized by the founding fathers, and . . . shared by the majority of Texans.
The careless mistake makes the delegates look almost as ridiculous as their positions. Almost.
Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.