The Tennessee Tea Party demonstrated yesterday that it has no reservations taking “bold” stands on social issues. Responding to the announcement that Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) would not seek reelection, the organization tweeted the following:
“Good riddance you perverted sodomite POS!! fb.me/1emMURmJa“
The Tea Party has long claimed to not take sides on social issues, and LGBT issues have been absent from Tea Party-organized presidential debates. Nevertheless, some tea party groups have made their anti-LGBT stances quite vocal: opposing same-sex marriage, defending ex-gay therapy, and supporting the repeal of a California law that makes education LGBT-inclusive.
The Tennessee Tea Party’s own mission statement speaks to the financial accountability of government, and its “Core Objectives” make little reference to social issues.