My Story

Growing up in conservative West Michigan, I watched lesbian and gay friends and family members struggle to be accepted and be treated equally. There are gains and losses in this fight every day, and it is vital for LGBT individuals and their straight allies to stand up and to pay attention.

09 February 2011

Gay Marriage-A Nonpartisan Issue?

Why is it that gay marriage is split along party lines? The conservative movement has a base built of those with so-called "conservative family values" (see my diatribe about marriage in my David Kato post). Personally, I think that Gay Marriage should be a nonpartisan issue. After all, LGBTQ Americans come from every party--Republicans can be gay, too.

Here's some good news. My friend Sophie shared this with me.

Former President Bush's daughter, Barbara Bush, has joined those speaking out in favor of gay marriage.

Here's the deal, world: gay marriage should be bipartisan. We can disagree about how to spend our money (or how not to spend it). We can disagree on aid for the poor, we can disagree about US international involvement, we can disagree on wars and healthcare and the size of the government.

We should not disagree about marriage rights based on party lines.

Certainly, churches should have the ability to decide whether or not they will give out marriages to LGBT individuals. But they should be allowed to decide, and there should be equal rights in the eyes of the law.

Other major Republicans who have come out in favor of gay marriage:

Meghan McCain
Elizabeth Hasselbeck
Laura Bush
Former VP Dick Cheney

Among others. Visit this Washington Post article for more info:

1 comment:

  1. I saw Meghan McCain on a Sunday morning news show a while ago, and was so thrilled to hear her speak intelligently and eloquently for gay rights, and specifically gay marriage.