Gay Is The Word: How Republicans Supporting Gay Rights Will Save The Party

       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 Instead, we are staying in the past with outdated ideas that will doom our party if we are not careful.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 Brown, as a proud conservative, is damaging the party with his out of date views, and it’s not going to make it easy for us to win an election with people like him in our party.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 As conservatives, we must scream to the top of our lungs that we do not hold the out of date, hateful messages that some in our party may do.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 

Why Those Who Are Against Abortion Should Stand Up For Gay, Lesbian, And Single Parent Adoption Rights

Abortion is one of the biggest hot button issues of the days. While studies suggest that more conservative youth are switching their minds on the issue of gay marriage, the newest conservatives are more likely to be against abortion. in fact, a recent study showed that it was the attitude of a conservative’s youths parents that led to their feelings towards abortion. I, personally, don’t believe in abortion due to religious reasons, but I think that it is absurd at the same time that those who are against abortion are not supportive of adoption rights of GLBT people and single parent households.

After all, where will all those babies born to parents who do not want them go if abortion ever gets overturned? I don’t want to see them get peddled through the foster care system and given a life where they have to fight harder than those who were not placed up for adoption. Those who want to see babies who would be aborted live, like me, should also feel like they want to give them a fair shot at life, and those who don’t really has issues. Even thought I am a conservative, I must say, to some extent, I believe the old adage that conservatives care about you until your born and then they leave you to fend for yourself.

That’s what needs to change in our party. We need to realize that if we are to be a party that stands for life, we sure as heck need to stand for the right of kids to have a family in their lives once they are born.  This includes standing up for gay and lesbian adoption rights. After all, there have been no studies that have shown that gay couple raise any worse children than straight couples, and, in many instances,  studies have shown gays raise better children than their heterosexual counterparts. Just because some in the world don’t believe in gays and  lesbians doesn’t mean that we should reject these scientific studies and deprive children of loving families in the process.

The same goes for single parent households. Whether you want to believe it or not, adoption isn’t cheap, and any single person who adopts a child has to have sufficient financial resources in order to go through  the complex and expensive process of adoption. These individuals aren’t living paycheck to paycheck, and they, in most cases, have the means to raise a child. So there is one myth shattered about the “dangers of single parent adoption”. When it comes to the studies that have shown that children do better in two parent households, I believe them, but I also feel like a child is better with one parent than no parents at all. To deprive these children of love just to affirm our beliefs is just wrong, and it shows the problems with our party.

That’s why, my fellow conservatives, I feel like we need to open up our  minds. We need to stop railing against the rights of people to adopt when it would give children loving families and, maybe, prevent abortions at the same time. We need to bring our party into the future, and that means sprinkling in a little bit more love and acceptance into our politics. If we do this, we can preserve our party for generations to come and, at the same time, be more respected by others.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

The Ones That Make Us Look Bad

Yesterday, I wrote an article about liberals falsely making the claim that conservatives are racists simply because they disagree with their liberal ideologies. This problem has been one that has long been a burden of being a conservative, and it shows the way we have to stand up for integrity. Unfortunately, there are some in our party who are racist, and they make it even harder for us conservatives who believe in equality and fairness to all people to stand up for ourselves.

I first realized how much these individuals affected the way we conservatives are viewed by the  media when the Tea Party was growing rapidly a few years ago. While there were thousands of honest, good Americans at the Tea Party rallies, there were always a few people that had signs that were discriminatory towards Barack Obama due to his race. This was shocking, and it disappointed me tremendously. They were supposed to be fighting for “liberty and justice for all”, but they were instead holding racist signs that diminished their cause to their fellow conservatives and to any other person who watched them spew hate while trying to stand for a cause that they have little business defending.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann often makes modern conservatives look bad. (Image Via http://www.examiner.com)

They aren’t the only ones that make us look bad though. There are conservative media commentators that have said discriminatory remarks, and we should not support these individuals with our money. Instead, we should view media that features conservatives who respect the dignity of all human life. This includes those who respect the life of all races, skin colors, and sexual orientations. Sexual orientation, a highly debated topic, is something that I find many conservatives like to demonize, and this is another area which makes us look bad.

The one political figure that I think epitomizes conservative homophobia, which makes our party look bad, is Michele Bachmann. The congresswoman has been on a smear campaign against GLBT people ever since she was elected, and it reflects poorly on our party. I am from a new generation of conservatives who are for gay rights, and I find that Michele Bachmann and others like her our hurting our cause. After all, we need to have a wide tent so that our movement can grow, and saying such hateful things towards gay and lesbian people does nothing but make our party numbers stagnant. We are in the 21st century, and we need to realize that certain outdated ideologies are not going to help conservatism to grow.

That’s why the new generation of conservatives must stand up against these people. We have the opportunity to clear our party’s name from the hate that a few in the party spread. So next time you hear a fellow conservative say something that would make our party look bad, tell them that it’s not cool. We are the party of the Constitution , and this means we, more than any other party, should stand for liberty and justice for all.

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

We Constitutional Conservatives Need To Help Pass ENDA

I know the following article may not set well with some traditional conservatives, but I feel that it needs to be said. We are a party whose numbers are declining every year, and part of this fact is that we discriminate against a large segment of the American population while saying that we fight for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all Americans. Specifically, I mean the rights of LGBT Americans and their families. They deserve to live happy lives, and when we try to take away this happiness by pushing certain beliefs on them we are not doing any favors for our cause.

This is especially the case when it comes to the downright stubbornness of some conservatives to pass ENDA. ENDA, or the Employee Nondiscrimination Act, is a bill that states companies cannot fire individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, Conservative politicians are stating that this violates the rights of religious individuals who may not feel comfortable hiring gays and lesbians to work for them due to their beliefs. To me, this is absurd.

Firstly, nowhere in the Bible or the Torah does is state that it is sinful to hire LGBT people to work for you. Therefore, they have no right to use their religion as an excuse to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgender people. This is merely a fraction of our party trying to use any excuse that they can to make lives difficult for people who they do not agree with. While they can try to make excuses for doing this, the simple fact is that trying to ensure that certain of their fellow Americans are treated as less than due to their sexual orientation or gender identity goes against every single principle our party and movement was founded on.

The number one principle that trying to hinder this bill’s passing violates is our respect for the Constitution. If you have read it, it guarantees “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for all Americans, and trying to make it harder for a segment of the population to get or keep a job during these tough economic times goes against this statement in every way imaginable. Some conservatives say that GLBT individuals were not even thought about during the drafting of the Constitution, and this is probably true. Nevertheless, we should know that discriminating against another person due to their sexual orientation is still a violation of respecting our fellow citizens’ rights to live the way that they see fit. After all, we expect them to respect rights of certain people within our community who may not want to perform a same-sex wedding, but we don’t have the common decency to make sure that they have the right to be gainfully employed because of who they choose to be with. This just isn’t fair, and it shows the rest of America that our movement doesn’t follow the principles that we say we stand for.

This leads me to the next problem that I have with conservatives blocking ENDA. That is that we conservatives believe that we have a right to privacy in this country, and violations of people’s privacy happen constantly under the current lack of laws that protect LGBT individuals. For instance, if someone is suspected of being gay, an employer may try to pry into their private lives to determine what their sexuality is. Then, they may fire them if they have reasonable belief that a person if gay or lesbian whether or not that individual is or not. Therefore, not supporting ENDA does not only spit in the rights of gay people, but it does a disservice to any straight person who could be suspected of being gay as well. Traditional conservatives will laugh at this way of thinking,but that is because they will stop at nothing to make sure that things stay the same way they always have for the conservative movement and America in general.

These traditional conservatives currently dominate our movement’s landscape, and it is going to take work to get rid of the image of hate that our party has projected for the last forty years. Therefore, we conservatives who value tolerance and fairness need to speak up louder than those in leadership do. Yes, we may be told to shut up and leave the movement, but we need to keep fighting. We need to once again be the party who sets things rights in this country like the Republicans did during slavery, and this will help us to garner more support for our movement. If we do not do this though, our movement will continue to lose support, and this could mean doom for the future of conservatism. So now it’s your time to choose my fellow conservatives. Do you want tolerance and stronger party support or intolerance and dwindling support for our cause? Tell me in the comments section and as always…

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative

The Generation X Conservative Opinion: Republicans Made Wrong Move Going Against Gay Marriage

Times they are a changing. From newer technologies to new traditions, it seems that things are constantly becoming different….except the Republican party. In a vote today, they stated that they still opposed gay marriage even though they are losing the battle when it comes to public opinion on the issue. While I respect them for their beliefs, I think that this is a big mistake. After all,  every state that had a bill the last election cycle about gay marriage passed the legislation.

It is easy to see why Republicans voted to reestablish their position though. A number of their base opposes gay marriage, and this includes donors to the party as well. When Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council came out and stated that those who agreed with his organization’s beliefs should stop donating money to the Republican party, I knew it was pretty much a sure sign that they were going to vote against gay marriage as a party. Money is one of the biggest factors in politics, and it helped anti gay marriage forces win this go around.

What does this mean for the future though? I have a very hard time believing that the younger generation will have a hard time voting for a candidate who opposes gay marriage. I am a twenty something year old conservative, and I feel that it is so old school to try to take away the rights of gay people just because you may disagree with them. Therefore, I have a very hard time seeing a Republican as president in 2016 even though this makes me sad.

We can do something about it though. We still have four years before the next elections, and we can make our party one of tolerance. We can come out for gay marriage and possibly win an election or we can stay stubborn in old traditions and have another Democratic president. The choice is ours, and we should make the right one.

So now it’s time to take action. Write to your Senator, Congressman, or other Republican government official and let them know that they need to embrace the future. Other conservatives like Rob Portman, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck have changed their tune on gay marriage, and the rest of conservatives could do the same. We are the next generation of conservatives, and we can change this country. So let’s get to it and

May God Bless America,

The Generation X Conservative