Skip to comments.Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle
Posted on 10/20/2013 6:37:47 PM PDT by markomalley
Almost no elected Republicans support giving gays the right to marry. The partys influential social-conservative wing sees traditional marriage as a defining issue. And while most major Democrats are rushing to embrace same-sex marriage, none of the most prominent potential Republican presidential candidates have taken that step.
But a powerful group of Republican donors, who see the GOPs staunch opposition to gay rights as a major problem, is trying to push the party toward a more welcoming middle ground where candidates who oppose marriage rights can do so without seeming hateful.
The behind-the-scenes effort is being led largely by GOP mega-donor Paul Singer, a hedge fund executive whose son is gay, and former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who revealed his homosexuality in 2010, long after he had left the GOP leadership.
Singers advocacy group, the American Unity Fund, has been quietly prodding Republican lawmakers to take a first step toward backing gay rights by voting for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The measure, which is expected to come to the full Senate for a vote as early as this month, would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Singers group recently hired as lobbyists two former GOP lawmakers, Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) and Norm Coleman (Minn.), who say they oppose same-sex marriage but support workplace protections for gays.
Armed with new polling data and talking points, organizers are coaching lawmakers and potential candidates on politically smart ways to talk about gay rights to reassure general-election voters while not alienating core conservatives.
A softer GOP approach, they argue, would boost the partys chances with young voters, women and centrist independents, all of whom tend to be supportive of gay rights and have drifted away from the party.
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…but, sadly, I see this happening...efforts from the GOPe and their funders to make the GOP into a pro-homosexual, pro-abort political party.
They should just to to pushing in stools.
Quit the GOP. It’s on the only way. The GOP has either already left you anyway, or is in the process of doing so.
More "advice" from the Compost.
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Norm Coleman has drunk the koolaid. Pretty sad from a solid conservative who got cheated out of an election.
Oh, I can maybe see a few current lawmakers going full homo, but not ones who would be reelected.
Yet another group of plutocratic dirtbags trying to pander to their own personal problems by sneaking around and jumping our representatives with their stupid polls. Someone give these morons the shaft.
And by that, I mean the elevator shaft.
Dont they flip the bar stools upside down in a crowded gay bar so they can get 3 or 4 to a seat?
The anus does not equal the vulva.
“Gay rights supporters wage a quiet campaign to push Republicans to the middle”
EEEEEWWWWWW! There’s an image I could do without!
Did they really say “quiet”?
I am going to plant my flag on this hill and fight against gay marriage. We cannot let the homosexuals advance their agenda beyond this point. Next comes pedophilia, beastiality, and who knows what else. This is the hill to die on.
If the republican party moves any more toward the middle they’ll be far left.
A number of them push the gay agenda here as part of the libertarian agenda.
There are many threads promoting the idea of accepting social liberalism.
My three issues are:
1. Significantly smaller government and corresponding significant reduced spending now and in the future.
2. Immigration reform which does not reward illegality, criminality and does not in any way succumb to threats.
3. Relaxed attitudes towards perverts; they leave the rest alone and we don't care what they do. However, uncompromising rejection of the word, Marriage being used, legally as anything other than between ONE MAN and ONE WOMAN!
Good luck to the GOP, and to us all.
Parents of gays will wreck any institution in order to "redeem" the lifestyle of their offspring.
Herbert Chilstrom, first Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) relentless and unrepentently pushed the gay agenda on the ELCA in order to vindicate his gay son who had committed suicide while in college.
If his son was boinking sheep, would Singer be claiming we should celebrate bestiality?
I'm already mortally wounde but I don't care....going down fighting.
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