Porterville, California. I don’t want to paint all of its residents with a broad brush, so I’ll share some demographic information here:

Porterville is a city in the San Joaquin Valley, in Tulare County, California, United States. The population was 39,615 at the 2000 census. City limit signs currently have the population at 51,467. The city’s population grew dramatically as the city annexed many properties and unincorporated areas in and around Porterville. Porterville is considered part of the Census Bureau’s designation of the Visalia-Porterville metropolitan statistical area.

…The racial makeup of the city was 49.75% White, 1.28% African American, 1.73% Native American, 4.63% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 32.71% from other races, and 4.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.45% of the population.

And look at this:

In the state legislature Porterville is located in the 18th Senate District, represented by Republican Roy Ashburn, and in the 34th Assembly District, represented by Republican Connie Conway. Federally, Porterville is located in California’s 21st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13[3] and is represented by Republican Devin Nunes.

Yes, that Roy Ashburn. The Republican who was caught with an “unidentified man” in the car after leaving faces, Faces, the gay bar Ashburn frequented, and arrested for DUI? He had a 100% anti-gay voting record before this dragged him out of the closet. He later, as these storylines usually play out, figured out that voting anti-gay because his constituents are homophobes was not the right thing to do:

“I would not have been speaking on a measure dealing with sexual orientation ever prior to the events that have transpired in my life over the last three months,” Ashburn told his colleagues. “However, I am no longer willing or able to remain silent on issues that affect sexual orientation and the rights of individuals. And so I am doing something that is quite different and foreign to me, and it’s highly emotional.”

Constituents like Sam Usher of Porterville, who expressed this in a letter to the editor of the Recorder Online. Let the batsh*ttery begin.

Society should be protected from homosexuality

Editor,

The tragic and destructive spread of homosexuality across the country is a major evil of our time. The John Birch society reported that thousands of boys per year are stolen from their parents to feed homosexual pornography.

I recommend that American citizens study anti-homosexual books available at Christian book stores. And to read anti-homosexual books which are out of print.

W. Cleon Skousen in 1958, wrote a warning about the communist conspiracy. The book was called, “The Naked Communist.” The book warned that the communists would set out to turn America into a moral cesspool, including corrupting America with rampart homosexuality, flooding America with pornography and sexual anarchy, and thereby seeking to destroy the family institution.

Not every homosexual is a communist, but every communist supports the militant homosexual war against mankind. Why? Because it attacks the family. Homosexuality, as well as every kind of heterosexual immorality, is a destroyer of freedom.

Many homosexuals are basically decent men and women who took a wrong turn. The gospel of Jesus Christ says satan is the prompter of all sexual immorality, including homosexual perversion therefore homosexuality is wickedness. Society should be protected from it.

Sam Usher

Porterville

We have a long way to go, even if the law tilts to our side one day. The homobigotry doesn’t go away even if laws protect your rights. Racism surely hasn’t disappeared.

And that’s why Republicans like Roy Ashburn and Ken Mehlman need to not only come out of the closet, but use their votes, power and money to stop feeding the bigotry and ignorance of people like this unfortunate man. You cannot fight for equality by electing low-tax, small-government homophobes. You have to draw a moral line somewhere when it comes to party and principles.

P.S. – And that goes for Dems too. We’ve seen what electing Blue Dogs does for passing civil rights legislation.