Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Conservative and gay

Jan van Lohuizen is a respected GOP pollster. The data he examined prompted him to write a memo to GOP insiders. It was leaked and provides some interesting ideas on where Lohuizen thinks the party should go on gay issues. He notes that there is already a majority of Republicans who support such ideas as gays shouldn't be fired for sexual orientation, bullying should be stopped, and gay partnerships should have some form of legal recognition.

So he gives some recommendations on what the official stance of the party should be. Here is an excerpt:
People who disagree on the fundamental nature of marriage can agree, at the same time, that gays and lesbians should receive essential rights and protections such as hospital visitation, adoption rights, and health and death benefits.
And a confirmation that gay rights are a conservative idea.
As people who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government.
Yup, Fundies are blowing gaskets.

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