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The GOPís Complicity in the Spread of Gay Marriage
Crisis Magazine ^ | March 21, 2013 | George Neumayr

Posted on 03/21/2013 3:49:37 PM PDT by NYer

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Proponents of gay marriage, as they eagerly anticipate the Supreme Court’s examination of the issue next week, are chortling over recent polls that suggest the American public’s resistance to it is fast eroding. They pointed this week to a Washington Post-ABC News poll in which 58 percent of Americans support gay marriage and 37 percent oppose it. This is an almost exact reversal from a decade ago, they say, when polls then showed 55 percent of Americans opposed gay marriage and 37 percent supported it.

Meanwhile, establishment Republicans, who have always been ambivalent about the issue, appear ready to wave the white flag. “Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying off,” claims columnist George Will. Columnist Michael Barone reports that “at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a panel sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute drew a large and approving crowd for a discussion labeled ‘A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.’”

All of this holds great propaganda value for the Left, which always seeks to topple a taboo by emphasizing the “inevitability” of its elimination. The name of the game is to fool ordinary Americans into thinking that resistance is futile. Never mind that 30 states have managed to ban this “inevitable” change.

Yet it is true that the gay-marriage drive is picking up speed, even if that is overstated for propagandistic purposes. Why is this happening? Because of the intensity of the media and the Democrats? That is one reason. Another reason for it, which gets much less attention, is the weakness if not outright treachery of the Republicans.

The problem isn’t just that Republicans lack the courage of their convictions on gay marriage. The problem is that they don’t have any convictions—or hold the wrong ones. Recall that prominent Republicans, such as Dick Cheney and Laura Bush, endorsed gay marriage long before Obama and the Clintons did. It wasn’t until this week that Hillary Clinton formally announced her support for nationalized gay marriage.

“What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file Republicans—the subject of many hotly worded House and Senate floor speeches—is virtually a dead issue,” Politico has reported.

Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee last year, couldn’t even bring himself to defend Chick-fil-A against Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said the restaurant’s opposition to gay marriage made it contrary to “Chicago values” and thus unworthy of a city permit. Romney didn’t bring the issue of gay marriage up a single time in any of the debates and generally made comments indistinguishable from Obama’s on gay rights (Romney endorsed gay adoption and told his campaign to remain mute on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell).

This week, Rob Portman, one of Romney’s closest advisers and near-running mate (he almost selected him to be his vice presidential nominee but chose Paul Ryan instead), came out in support of gay marriage, citing his gay son whom he wishes to “have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister.”

According to Politico, Portman will pay almost no political price for this endorsement because the Republican leadership class agrees with him. Politico titled its story, “GOP elite embraces Portman gay marriage switch,” reporting: “The reality Portman’s flip-flop exposed is this: among the Republican political community, the people who actually run campaigns and operate super PACs, support for gay marriage is almost certainly a solid majority position. Among strategists born after the end of the Vietnam War, it’s not even a close call.”

Support for gay marriage within this influential GOP circle is so uncontroversial that in February, according to Politico, “a throng of top Republican politicos signed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to support a constitutional right to gay marriage. Among them were a half-dozen senior aides to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign…”

Members of the Beltway GOP elite have been cynically manipulating social conservatives for years, seeking their votes while snickering at their views. They have long pretended to care about abortion and gay marriage, even as they undercut social conservatives at every turn and pushed the “Big Tent.”

Almost a decade ago social conservatives could barely convince George W. Bush’s White House to issue a proclamation in favor of marriage during “Marriage Protection Week.” One activist said: “Our leaders had to call the White House and say, ‘You won’t even do this?’” Bush strategist Karl Rove saw get-out-the-vote value in the issue, but nothing else. It came out later that the head of Bush’s 2004 reelection effort, Ken Mehlman, was gay. Mehlman went on to lobby for passage of gay marriage in New York state, persuading a handful of undecided GOP state senators to provide the clinching support for the bill.

At the political level, the culture war has been hopelessly one-sided, with Republicans secretly and now not-so-secretly fighting alongside the Democrats on many critical fronts. As on the issue of women in combat—for which GOP capitulations during the Bush years paved the way—gay marriage is spreading not in spite of the Republicans but because of them.



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: amnesty; fudgepac; glbt; gop; homosexualagenda; libertarians; marriage; medicalmarijuana; nytimesagenda; ohio; randpaulisademocrat; republican; romney; romneyagenda; romneymarriage; troll
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1 posted on 03/21/2013 3:49:37 PM PDT by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

Ping!


2 posted on 03/21/2013 3:50:01 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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To: NYer

Radical idea: Stop supporting Republicans not 100% against homo-marriage.

The spread will stop.


3 posted on 03/21/2013 3:55:07 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: NYer

So many GOP-er’s are revealing themselves either as allies in this deviancy, or cowards by their silence. Just like Romney’s unbelievably pathetic response to that reporter’s question during the Chick-Fil-A protest. Impossible to have any respect for such craven “leaders.”


4 posted on 03/21/2013 3:59:22 PM PDT by greene66
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To: NYer
I fully support gay marriage. Not because I think it is good, right, or based on anything other than narcissistic wants.

I support gay marriage because of divorce.

When a marriage ends and the lawyers get involved you find out all kinds of things about the relationship.

I can not wait till a marriage involving money gets going.....

We will discover that gays/lebs/trans-genders are totally f**ked up people with bizarre sexual practices.

I can not wait to find out how much infidelity,selfish, and childish these totally narcissistic individuals they are. GAY MARRIAGE = DIVORCE

5 posted on 03/21/2013 4:00:29 PM PDT by highpockets
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To: NYer
Portman will pay almost no political price for this endorsement because the Republican leadership class agrees with him. Politico titled its story, “GOP elite embraces Portman gay marriage switch,” reporting: “The reality Portman’s flip-flop exposed is this: among the Republican political community, the people who actually run campaigns and operate super PACs

In 2010 Palin endorsed Joe Miller, won the Alaska Senate primary and Murkowski left the GOP and ran as an independent, the Senate republicans came out and announced that the people of Alaska would be forgiven if they backed Murkowski, she paid no price for leaving the party and running against it.

6 posted on 03/21/2013 4:01:50 PM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnt for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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To: NYer

Defining DEVIANCY down!! I think Portman is GAY himself if he is SO DAMN WEAK tht he lets his son’s HOMOSEXUAL ACTS to change the face of HI<SELF AND AMERICA!!! Portman is dancing on the TRAPDOOR of HELL along with the rest of these SUPPORTERS.


7 posted on 03/21/2013 4:03:30 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Norm Lenhart
"Radical idea: Stop supporting Republicans not 100% against homo-marriage.

The spread will stop."

This.

8 posted on 03/21/2013 4:03:52 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: NYer
Here is the problem -- once the democrat party went down the tubes, the GOP wasn't any different. Party elites -- think atheist Karl Rove -- really only care about fiscal issues. The party planked up social issues, however, because in the past social and fiscal conservatism went hand in hand within the American populace, and they wanted to corner the market on rightwing voters completely.

However, they've been working behind the scenes the whole time to gradually divorce social conservatism from the party. Their machiniations are coming to fruition, with this recent trend of fiscally conservative-ish, but socially totally liberal, republican candidates. They think that social conservatism is dead, they don't need us anymore, to they're dumping us out of the party because in truth they never wanted us anyway.

IMHO.

9 posted on 03/21/2013 4:05:17 PM PDT by Wyrd biū ful arśd (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: CatherineofAragon

You know...it’s so crazy...it just mite work!

Now If I could just get more Freepers to consider my cunning yet brilliant plan instead of wanting to ‘win’ at any cost, we might head in the right direction.


10 posted on 03/21/2013 4:06:04 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: highpockets

Very few gays are going to get married....that is not the point. The point is to make the gay lifestyle to be considered on par with heterosexual lifestyles, and to destroy what gays refer to as “heteronormative society.”


11 posted on 03/21/2013 4:06:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NYer

The old line influential republicans and the ranks of high level republican politicians have their share of homosexuals too.

And in those circles allegiance to the Old Boys Club is usually stronger than ethics, morals or campaign promises.


12 posted on 03/21/2013 4:06:43 PM PDT by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: dfwgator
Very few gays are going to get married....that is not the point. The point is to make the gay lifestyle to be considered on par with heterosexual lifestyles, and to destroy what gays refer to as “heteronormative society.”

Bingo!
13 posted on 03/21/2013 4:08:16 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: dfwgator

10/4

The scenario I laid out will help to destroy the image you cite.


14 posted on 03/21/2013 4:09:02 PM PDT by highpockets
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To: highpockets

Gay Divorce Court would be the highest rated show


15 posted on 03/21/2013 4:13:53 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: NYer

They are not telling the truth. Resistance to Gay Marriage is not eroding, not at all. Those who think still oppose it. Marriage was created by people to insure that children had a home with a man and a women. It was and is nothing else. For sexual perverts to distort the facts to provide for them to pretend to be married is a further perversion. There is no such thing as gay marriage or could there ever be. No matter how many politicians proclaim it, it will never be.


16 posted on 03/21/2013 4:14:39 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Norm Lenhart

For me, the cost is way too high if THAT’S what I have to support.


17 posted on 03/21/2013 4:16:37 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: NYer

People may believe anything they want regarding Gay marriage but believing they can change it is as foolish as believing the sun won’t come up in the morning.

This country is in the midst of some radical changes. Some are important some are of the world changing variety, and some are insignificant and some are WITHGAS. It is the first I worry about. AND NO OTHERS. We can deal with those concerns after we get control of the Senate.

I am concerned that we have no ability to prioritize.

Yell, scream, call me names and kick off FR. But you ain’t gonna change reality


18 posted on 03/21/2013 4:18:50 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (It only takes one to start hostilities. It takes two to agree to end them.)
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To: ansel12

And who endorsed Murkowski?

Gingrich.


19 posted on 03/21/2013 4:20:02 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: NYer
Gay Marriage

Unless I'm missing something, I'm completely aware of God's endorsement of the Holy Matrimony of sodomites.

If indeed that is the case, the screaming brown-short liberals are violating one of their own most sacrosanct progressive tenets..."The Separation of Church and State".

20 posted on 03/21/2013 4:20:34 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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