The Republican Party & the Gay Community Make a Great Pair

Rant 27

gay marriage topperThe GOP did not attract young voters to the polls in 2012. For some reason, young people seem to think that Republicans hate the gays, and the only people voting for Mitt were racist bigots. Or something.

Shhhh! No one tell GOProud they’re not supposed to be Republicans!

Because apparently talking about gay marriage is more important than the looming fiscal cliff or murdered ambassadors in Benghazi. Chris Stevens was gay, by the way, and I’m sure he’d care a heck of a lot more right now about being alive than whether he was in a civil union or a marriage.

The Republican Party is the best party for the gay community to find a home, because it’s the best place for everyone. Our ideals of limited government and personal responsibility are what built America and made it great. Actually, it was the people living here and working hard that made it great, and now the government is mucking everything up.

Too many rules and regulations with loopholes for all of the president’s friends is stifling business. This is a recovery? If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. 

Let’s take our core conservative principle of freedom from government intrusion and apply it to gay marriage. A person can absolutely be personally against gay marriage for religious (or other) reasons, and still not want the state to regulate it.

While we’re at it, can we legalize civil unions for those poor sister wives too? Who is Uncle Sam to say who can be married and who can’t?

The Republican Party is at a crossroad, and all the head burying in the sand in the world won’t change the fact that for better or worse, the world’s a changing. If we want to win elections, we need to be more inclusive to gays and other minorities, and we can do it without compromising our conservative values.

Former RNC Chairman and openly gay Republican Ken Mehlman summed it up nicely:

Some misperceive the issue of marriage equality as exclusively progressive. Yet what could be more conservative than support for more freedom and less government? And what freedom is more basic than the right to marry the person you love? Smaller, less intrusive government surely includes an individual deciding whom to marry. Allowing civil marriage for same-sex couples will cultivate community stability, encourage fidelity and commitment, and foster family values.

Honestly? I’m just at the point where I don’t care who marries whom, so long as we can actually start cutting some spending and make a dent on the sixteen trillion dollar credit card bill the United States owes. If we go over the fiscal cliff, it won’t matter if gay marriage is legal or not. They’re called priorities, people. Let’s get them straight.

 

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2012 election, barack obama, discrimination, law, marriage equality