I am far from satisfied with an answer Sen. Pat Toomey gave recently to a reporter from the news website Salon, which asked whether a hotel should be able to turn away a gay couple. “I haven’t given that any thought,” he said. Why should something so simple need to be “given thought”?
Sen. Toomey, a fellow Republican, believes in limited government. I couldn’t agree more as today’s federal government is racking up a debt with which generations of Americans will have to suffer, a government that is putting its nose into too many private things that it has absolutely no place putting its nose into. But what about government so limited that it should not prevent a Wal-Mart or a local hotel from excluding patronage of a U.S. citizen based on his or her race, gender or religion? That’s where Sen. Toomey needs to draw a line. Why didn’t he say turning away a gay couple is wrong, unless he believes that businesses should be allowed to decide who can stay at their hotels, eat at their restaurants or shop for basic household supplies at their store?
Last August, Sen. Toomey co-sponsored Sen. Rand Paul’s Enumerated Powers Act. Though it has good intent to limit the authority of Congress and provide more powers to states, it is poorly thought out because it would invalidate federal measures that provide protection to LGBT people from discriminatory acts, such as being kicked out of a hotel.
Mr. Toomey is completely out of touch with reality of what America stands for, and he does not share the beliefs of the vast majority of Pennsylvanians. His Tea Party views date back to a different America, one that did not ensure that all people were “created equal,” one that thought blacks and whites could not marry and that homosexuality was a mental disorder.
Though I am registered as a Republican, I don’t consider myself a part of Toomey’s Republican Party. I, like most young Republicans and Pennsylvanians at large, believe everyone is entitled to the same rights and protections, but somehow this doesn’t seem to be the same ideal held by today’s Republican leadership. Why should I root for someone who wouldn’t root for me as a gay Republican in southwestern Pennsylvania?