by CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE
On June 6th, twenty-nine of the thirty Republican members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives sent a letter to the Chairman of the Bay State’s Republican Party, James J. Lyons, Jr., demanding that he condemn, and call for the resignation of, a member of the Republican State Committee who expressed views critical of homosexuality. In an ultimatum, the signatories demanded that Lyons resign if he refused to do so.
Deborah Martell of Ludlow, an orthodox Catholic and one of eighty elected members of the GOP’s state committee, expressed the traditional Christian sensibility—once normative in Western society—of disgust at the vice of sodomy. In an email to Republican congressional candidate Jeffrey Sossa-Paquette, she indicated that she was “sickened” that Sossa-Paquette and his civil “husband” had adopted two children.
Martell’s message to Sossa-Paquette read:
“I am a Catholic who loves God and His Ten Commandments. I wish the best for every person in the world, including you! What sickened me was that you adopted children. All children deserve a mom and a dad at that’s probably why you had great difficulty adopting them. If you are going to quote me, please quote me correctly. I wrote, I heard he was a “married” homosexual man, who adopted children. That’s what sickened me. Children deserve a mom and a dad. That’s how God designed marriage and the family. I wish all the best for you!”
Governor Charlie Baker called her remarks “abhorrent,” and “bigoted.” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said “There is no place for discrimination in our party.”
State GOP Vice-Chairman Tom Mountain (who is rumored to be seeking a place in the Baker Administration) said “We don’t want someone who’s antigay on our state committee,” while State Representative Shawn Dooley has circulated a petition to the state committee condemning “hateful ideology” and “intolerance“. [BROADSIDE EDITOR’S NOTE: Dooley ran and lost against Lyons for party chair. Dooley is a strange individual.]
All three Republicans in the State Senate also denounced Martell. The only Republican legislator who declined to sign the letter was State Representative Marc Lombardo of Billerica.
State Committee Chairman Lyons, a former four term Republican state representative, issued a statement on June 6th calling Martell’s remarks “offensive,” but refused to call for her resignation, saying “…freedom of speech and religious liberty are values that are unbending and uncompromising.” Lyons called Martell a “…woman of deep Catholic faith…”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, authorized by Pope Saint John Paul II, described homosexual acts as “grave depravity.” In Catholic tradition, the sin of impurity against nature is the second of the four sins—after the willful murder of the innocent—which “crieth to heaven for vengeance.”
The Catholic Action League called the letter from the Republican legislators—many of whom are Catholics with pro-life voting records and endorsements—“an act of abject appeasement towards a powerful and aggressive special interest, compounded by a cowardly fear of the mainstream corporate media.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The members of Neville Chamberlain caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature fail to understand that organized homosexualism is a totalitarian movement which aims to censor, silence, punish, demonize and suppress anyone who opposes it. Sacrificing Deborah Martell will not protect them from its wrath.”
“When so-called gay rights was being discussed in the 1980’s, its proponents claimed they only wanted to end discrimination—largely non-existent—in housing and employment. Now they want to shame, stigmatize and exclude from political life and civil society anyone who expresses natural feelings of revulsion at the act of sodomy, and at the idea that those who practice this form of moral turpitude ought to be entrusted with the care of children.”
“Those elected officials who signed this letter have gained nothing but the contempt of honest men and women. No one will ever trust them again. They have demonstrated, with unmistakable clarity, that they are not conservatives, but careerists, who have sold their birthright for a mess of pottage.”
“The message which they have sent by their pusillanimity is that the Massachusetts Republican party remains, as it was before, a capitalist political party, willing to take the votes of social conservatives, but ultimately hostile to the defense of Christian civilization.”