GOP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF LIBERTY …
|| By FITSNEWS || Reporter Leslie Larson of Business Insider has a fascinating piece up this week which highlights the ongoing reticence of the vast majority of “Republican” candidates to address the issue of homosexuality.
Larson’s piece – which comes against the backdrop of the protracted legal battle over gay marriage – is instructive. It’s also quite painful to read seeing as any candidate claiming to belong to a party which claims to believe in “limited government” should be able to answer the gay marriage question so easily.
The right answer? Marriage – gay or straight – is none of government’s business.
Of course such a position – which actually affirms the authority of the church (and protects it against this sort of discrimination) – doesn’t play well with social conservatives in early-voting Iowa and South Carolina.
Anyway, according to Larson all of the GOP candidates – with the exception of former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum – are at least open to attending a gay wedding. Or at least the reception of a gay wedding, in the case of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Or a gay wedding not held at a church, according to former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Even Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal – who made a big deal of his opposition to gay marriage last month – says he would attend a gay wedding if invited.
But only one of the prospective 2016 “Republican” contenders – former New York governor George Pataki (a second tier candidate at best) – openly supports the legalization of gay marriage.
Again, we oppose Pataki’s position every bit as much as we oppose socially conservative “Republicans” – who believe states should be able to ban gay marriage. Sanctioning or banning marriage of any sort – gay, straight or plural – is simply not the purview of any government.
But “Republicans” aren’t just on the wrong side of liberty on this issue … they’re on the wrong side of the electorate.
According to a new Washington Post/ ABC poll, a whopping 61 percent of Americans now support “allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.” The exact same percentage opposed letting states ban the practice, too.
Oh, and while we’re on that number … let’s not forget 61 percent of “Republicans” under thirty support gay marriage, which is consistent with polling from Market Research Foundation last fall showing that nearly a third of the GOP disagreed with their party’s stance on the issue.
But with Iowa and South Carolina ensconced as “First in the Nation” and “First in the South” presidential primaries, will GOP party orthodoxy ever change?
Or will the party simply have to wait until all the old voters die?
This website has long maintained that the path to a more free, more prosperous Republic lies outside the “Republican” and Democratic umbrellas … which is why we have consistently urged candidates to explore independent candidacies untethered to the stigmas of the establishment.
Clearly the gay vote – and the accompanying pro-liberty vote – is fertile ground for such candidacies.