Among the festivities at this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa was the official adoption of the 2012 GOP platform, which included two planks dedicated to protecting America from THE GAYS. The “Defending Marriage Against An Activist Judiciary” plank characterizes marriage between two people of the same sex “an assault on the foundations of our society, challenging the institution which, for thousands of years in virtually every civilization, has been entrusted with the rearing of children and the transmission of cultural values.” The “Sacred Contract: Defense of Marriage” plank “applauds…[the] States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage” and says President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage “makes a mockery of the President’s inaugural oath.”
But adopting an anti-gay marriage platform wasn’t the only fun the GOP was having in Tampa this week. There was also the Hypocrisy Cocktail Hour, the Projective Identification Garden Party, and, of course, lots and lots of gay sex.
This is something we kind of knew would be happening, so we decided to see exactly how much heathen sex the GOP was having this week by tracking the number of Craigslist Male4Male personal ads in Hillsborough County, Tampa. As you can see, the number of ads more than doubled from the time period two weeks before the convention to the week of the convention, with a big spike on the day the convention activities were suspended due to weather (I mean, what else were they going to do with their day off?):
To be fair, the GOP platform never said anything about gay sex. It just says you can’t get gay married, and we have no evidence that there was any spike in same-sex marriage ceremonies in Tampa, so technically this does not reveal any kind of hypocrisy whatsoever.
Also, to be fair, there were at least two or three Log Cabin Republicans at the convention, so this may have accounted for, like, 1% of the spike. In addition, there were also presumably a number of openly gay venders and security personnel on-site who may have accounted for part of the increase, so we decided to run a specific search for ads that included the word “discreet” (i.e., please don’t tell my wife or Rick Santorum). In the week of August 10-16, there were 53 “discrete” M4M ads, while during the week of the convention that number nearly doubled to 104.
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