It isn’t an uncommon approach for change. With any oppressive organization or entity, some promote change from the outside and some work for change from the inside. But it is challenging to see how any gay, lesbian, bi, or trans person can see a place for themselves within the GOP as the party affirms the status quo, and votes to continue the explicit opposition to gay rights. There had been a slight chance we would see an opening up of the party to issues such as same-sex marriage, but with the Far Fight Religious conservatives, threatening to leave the party, the party chose to keep on doing what it has been doing.
Miller reports that the resolution was submitted by RNC committeeman Dave Agema, a Michigan Republican who has drawn criticism for calling gays and lesbians “filthy” and comparing them to people who were “dying of alcoholism.”While such an anti-gay plank already existed in the party’s official platform, confirmed last summer at the Republican National Convention, the latest vote comes after a week of public consternation among social conservatives concerned that the party’s aversion to marriage equality was beginning to wither in the name of expanding its outreach.
Some talk about this, framing it as the party needing to adapt to changing demographics and social issues, but I don’t think that is the case at all. Support for same-sex marriage is an extremely “conservative” issue. Support for the family, and keeping government out of our personal lives. No, the fight within the GOP isn’t about the old vs the new. Rather it is a battle between the fiscal conservatives and the social conservatives. Social conservatism is all about a Big Brother government which uses legislation to regulate morality and personal choices. Fiscal conservatism is about smaller government and a focus on more individualism or libertarianism.
Clearly the Religious Right has maintained their control over the party.
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Joe.My.God has a wonderful headline for this story.