While Democrats have established a preliminary platform that includes support for homosexual “marriage,” the GOP is staying away from the issue despite the huge conservative turnout for Chick-Fil-A last week to support the company that stood firm on its principles of biblical marriage. Will the GOP ever find its way again to be both fiscally and socially conservative?
The pushback came largely from social conservatives and evangelicals, who pledged to make same-sex unions an issue going forward and insisted the stand will hurt Democrats.
But the comparative quiet from party leaders would have been unimaginable even four years ago, when public opinion hadn’t yet shifted so rapidly on a signature social issue. And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting same-sex marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.
“Most Republican Party leaders seem to have lost the stomach for this fight,” said Dan Schnur of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. “Some of that results (from) the number of large-scale donors who support same-sex marriage, some of it’s a result in an increasing number of party leaders who support same-sex marriage, and a lot of it is public opinion polling which shows a shift in the way voters feel about same-sex marriage,” he added.
It is, Schnur said, “still an issue that motivates the party base, but it motivates the Democratic base, too.”
This is a startling turn of events for the GOP. Just eight years ago they were seeking to put the issue on a ballot and within the past couples of years the majority of the states have issued laws banning homosexual “marriage.”
According to poll numbers Democrats and independents have a majority of support on the issue, but that isn’t the point. The point is that the GOP needs this out front. The family unit is the building block of the society. It should not be cavalierly tossed aside as unimportant as compared to the economy.
“The Republican Party is committed to the timeless, foundational values of family, traditional marriage and life,” RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said. “Governor Romney and the Party’s platform are clear: Marriage is between a man and a woman.”
But is it really clear? How can this be said when there has been support from leading House Republicans to support an openly homosexual congressman who supports homosexual “marriage?” How can it be clear from a man that signed into the Massachusetts law that legalized homosexual “marriage” in the state he was governor in and still claims to support homosexual couples adopting children? If you are the governor, you have veto power against such laws you disagree with.
“Mitt munching on a Chick-fil-A sandwich … the right thing to do, and politically smart, too,” Kristol wrote of Romney’s visit to Colorado. “And tasty. Is it too much to hope for?” That was followed by: “Update: Didn’t happen.” Romney also said he would not make it a part of his campaign.
“It would be rather unwise politically for the GOP to ignore the Chick-fil-A vote,” said Greg Mueller, who represents the National Organization for Marriage.
I agree. It would be politically unwise. But the people who actually believe it are the ones who took to the streets to support Chick-Fil-A this past week. With conservatives like Mike Huckabee, Michelle Malkin, and Sarah Palin attending and supporting Chick-Fil-A, it makes me wonder if much of the Republican party is not selling itself out for political expediency because they just think Republicans will follow no matter what their platform is? Personallly, I think Huckabee and Palin expressed properly what the majority of Americans believe. We believe in traditional, biblical marriage and won’t give that belief up just because a small number of people want something else.
This is the Republican base and if the Republican Party will not appeal to its base on this then who are they appealing to? If this is not part of their platform, then what are they fighting for?