By David Lampo
It's an axiom of recent American politics that many Republicans and such a lot conservatives usually are not purely anti-gay yet that they've capitulated to an anti-gay schedule formulated and pursued by means of the non secular correct for the earlier a number of many years. In A primary Freedom, David Lampo makes the case that help for homosexual rights will offer long term political advantages for the GOP and the conservative stream. He argues that an anti-gay time table 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 matters. certainly, it's the defenders of homosexual rights inside of Republican ranks who're retaining religion with middle conservative rules. He additionally offers various polling info that exhibit that rank-and-file Republicans, together with many Tea occasion supporters, are way more supportive of homosexual rights than as a rule presumed. Lampo’s name to include homosexual rights is certain to be hotly debated in the conservative circulate.
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Not to be outdone in his opposition to all things gay, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins attacked the Obama administration for shirking its legal duties, stating that “marriage as a male-female union has been . . ”94 He was ignorant as well (or at least pretending to be) of the polling that now shows a modest majority in favor of same-sex marriage rights. Many Republicans, perhaps understandably, expressed great surprise and even outrage that the president would refuse to defend the constitutionality of a legally enacted statute, saying such a refusal conflicts with his oath of office.
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A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights by David Lampo