The last few weeks have seen the gay rights movement make great strides in gaining equality. First, a decision by New Jersey’s Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in the state. At first, Governor Christie tried to fight it, but he eventually gave in and said he would not be appealing the decision. Over on the west coast, Oregon is now recognizing gay marriages from other states, and New Mexico is hearing arguments to allow same-sex marriage in that state.
It’s a great time for the gay rights movement as more and more young people are supporting gay equality, but it’s not only the young people who are changing their tune on the issue. Minorities and middle aged people are also shifting their opinions, and it is making gay equality inevitable in our country Unfortunately, our party is not taking note of this. Instead, we are staying in the past with outdated ideas that will doom our party if we are not careful.
Just look at Republican politicians like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. They rail against gay people and gay equality, and they are the butt of jokes because of it. This wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that they are known leaders in the conservative movement. They make it seem like every other conservative is with them on issues of denying rights to the GLBT community when that it not the case, and they are costing us votes at the ballot box.
Those two are just the tip of the iceberg though. Other noted conservatives, such as Brian Brown, are taking their hate of gays to a whole new level. Brown even traveled to Russia recently to vouch for their anti-gay laws which are causing an outbreak of violence and murder towards the GLBT community in that country. Brown, as a proud conservative, is damaging the party with his out of date views, and it’s not going to make it easy for us to win an election with people like him in our party.
So what can we do about this? As conservatives, we must scream to the top of our lungs that we do not hold the out of date, hateful messages that some in our party may do. We need to make it known that we value liberty and justice for all, and that denying rights to gays and lesbians goes against the core values of conservatism. It is only through doing this that we can drown out the hate that is coming from some in our party.
May God Bless America,
The Generation X Conservative