Ge­or­gia GOP law­maker: Anti-gay poli­cies driv­ing party ‘to­ward ex­tinc­tion’

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State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) says the prospect of Don­ald Trump in the White House “scares the be­jee­bies out of me” and laments that the party’s treat­ment of the LGBT com­mu­nity, His­pan­ics and African-Amer­i­cans is driv­ing the party “to­ward ex­tinc­tion.”

Peake made the com­ments about Trump in an in­ter­view with the AJC, then fol­lowed up with re­porter Greg Bluestein a few hours later via email with what he calls his “Repub­li­can man­i­festo,” where he talked about the party’s treat­ment of mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties.

Af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing that his as­sess­ment of Trump and the fu­ture of the GOP might be the “death blow” to his po­lit­i­cal fu­ture, Peake writes, “The real­ity is that Don­ald Trump as our nom­i­nee makes me in­cred­i­bly fear­ful for the fu­ture of our party. We have alien­ated His­pan­ics and African-Amer­i­cans, both groups who would sup­port us if we stuck to an agenda fo­cused on jobs and the econ­omy. We have made our­selves en­e­mies of the gay com­mu­nity. And from dis­cus­sions with my gay brother, many would sup­port us, be­cause many are mod­er­ate on so­cial is­sues but fis­cally con­ser­va­tive.”

Peake also writes that mil­len­ni­als have writ­ten off the GOP be­cause of the party’s stances on med­i­cal mar­i­juana and mar­riage equal­ity.

“So, as a party, we are ba­si­cally work­ing our­selves to­ward ex­tinc­tion,” he writes. “And if we don’t do some soul search­ing and make ef­forts to reach out to these groups, that’s where we end up.”

Peake was a co-spon­sor of state Rep. Sam Teasley’s (R-Ma­ri­etta) so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” bill in 2015. He later opened up about the dif­fi­cul­ties of sup­port­ing such bills due to them ex­pos­ing his gay brother Mer­win Peake to more anti-LGBT dis­crim­i­na­tion, and cited his brother again ear­lier this year while try­ing to work with Gov. Deal and House Speaker David Ral­ston on the con­tro­ver­sial HB757.

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Repub­li­can state Rep. Allen Peake (r) with his openly gay brother Mer­win (l) out­side of a sub­com­mit­tee meet­ing on SB129 in 2015. (File photo)

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