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At least 75 prominent Republicans have signed on in support of gay marriage. You read that right: Republicans gave gay marriage the thumbs up, in writing. Dozens of Republicans signed a legal document to be sent to the Supreme Court arguing that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.
And why are they doing this? Were their hearts also changed by Glee? Nope. It's all about good, old-fashioned conservative values of "limited government and maximizing individual freedom." Oh yeah, and it promotes family values by allowing kids of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes. No duh, Republicans!
This group of Republicans is speaking up now because the Supreme Court is hearing a lawsuit trying to strike down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. California's Prop 8 was a ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the state. The Court is also hearing challenges to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Who are these gay-friendly Republicans? Oh, you know, the usual establishment types. Top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors including Meg Whitman (in a total about-face), President Ronald Reagan's first budget director David A. Stockman, and even two representatives from Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York.
So this is a BFD, as Biden would say, and I'm thrilled to see leaders willing to stick their necks out and take a controversial stand. But it's not even a stretch, really, because they're absolutely right -- we don't need the government meddling in people's personal lives and telling them who they can and cannot marry. Prohibiting gay marriage in the first place was government overreach.
And hello with the family values! For the life of me, I will never understand why people would be against gays settling down, getting married, and raising children together like boring old conventional couples. They get hate for partying and having multiple sex partners, they get hate for wanting to settle down. Good grief, at least pick one, haters. That's not fair. (I'm kidding -- don't hate at all. Noh8!)
Anyway, I think this could make a big difference. We're definitely reaching a tipping point here. But I think it's also smart of these people to put themselves on the right side of history.
Are you surprised to see Republicans stand up for gay marriage, or do you think it's totally in alignment with conservative values and no big deal?
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