By David Lampo
It really is an axiom of recent American politics that many Republicans and such a lot conservatives usually are not basically anti-gay yet that they have got capitulated to an anti-gay schedule formulated and pursued by way of the non secular correct for the prior a number of many years. In A basic Freedom, David Lampo makes the case that aid for homosexual rights will offer long term political merits for the GOP and the conservative stream. He argues that an anti-gay schedule succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of these who speak of constrained govt and person rights yet forget about either by way of homosexual rights and different own freedom concerns. certainly, it's the defenders of homosexual rights inside Republican ranks who're holding religion with middle conservative rules. He additionally offers a number of polling information that convey that rank-and-file Republicans, together with many Tea occasion supporters, are way more supportive of homosexual rights than in most cases presumed. Lampo’s name to include homosexual rights is certain to be hotly debated in the conservative flow.
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That kind of hypocrisy and false outrage rightfully earns the scorn of many and makes a laughing stock of the Republican Party. No wonder many people see nothing but a rather transparent case of homophobia in the case of Representative Pence and other opponents. Fortunately, Pence’s hypocrisy is shared by a rapidly shrinking percentage of the American people, and Republican politicians must wake up to the fact that parroting such views will lose the votes of the very swing voters they need to win elections.
The merits of such a bill will remain, however, and it will continue to be a centerpiece in the fight for equality at the federal level. A majority of Americans apparently agree with the aims of this bill. 27 Such majorities obviously include very substantial numbers of Republicans. Given the large majorities of adults in favor of other nondiscrimination measures protecting gay and lesbian Americans, one would be hard pressed to argue that substantial public opposition to federal tax equity for them exists.
The fact that so many social conservative organizations and activists support DOMA simply tells us that hypocrisy runs rampant on the right, not that there is some intellectually honest conservative argument that justifies it, especially in light of the Right’s claim of fidelity to the principle of federalism. 81 These figures closely mirror the polling data on same-sex marriage itself. 83 The poll also asked about specific benefits currently off limits to same-sex couples because of DOMA. 85 In July 2011, a bill to repeal DOMA, the appropriately named Respect for Marriage Act, was introduced in the US Senate.
A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights by David Lampo