Saturday, March 31, 2012

Republicans Accepting Gay Agenda More and More

As the GOP establishment crowns Mitt Romney for president, increasing numbers of pragmatic Republican career politicians have decided that their job security requires surrendering the Culture War to the homosexualists.

UPDATE 5/1/12: Mitt Romney's openly-homosexual foreign policy spokesman resigns just days after he was first appointed by Romney

For background, click headlines below:

Ignore Abortion & Gay Agenda, Says GOP Establishment & Media

Romney Wins Big with Florida Homosexual Republicans

Santorum Explains Gay Agenda Effect on Children

Christian Liberty at Risk with a President Romney?

This 2010 question relevant again: Will GOP Call 'Truce' in Culture War?

Proved: Tea Party Movement is Christian

Pope: Gay Agenda & Abortion Dooms Society

-- From "Republicans retreat on gay marriage" by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, Politico 3/30/12

It’s been one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and strategy for Republicans, as they’ve come nearly full circle on same-sex politics. What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file Republicans — the subject of many hotly worded House and Senate floor speeches — is virtually a dead issue, as Republicans in Congress don’t care to have gay marriage litigated in the Capitol.

Even more than that, Republican leadership has evolved, too. It has quietly worked behind the scenes to kill amendments that reaffirm opposition to same-sex unions, several sources told POLITICO.

But there’s also a political strategy at work: Ask most House Republicans today if they have deep convictions about gay relationships, and it hardly registers.

National party operatives have taken notice. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions all did fundraisers in the 2010 cycle with the national gay and lesbian GOP grass-roots organization, Log Cabin Republicans.

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From "Romney: 'The Gay Community Needs More Support from the Republican Party’" by Staff 3/23/12

When Mitt Romney first entered the political scene
in 1994, running for the U.S. Senate against Teddy Kennedy, he told an LGBT-focused publication in Massachusetts that he would be a more effective advocate for the interests of the “gay community” than Kennedy had been and that gays should support him because “the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party.”

“There's something to be said for having a Republican who supports civil rights in this broader context, including sexual orientation,” said Romney. “When Ted Kennedy speaks on gay rights, he's seen as an extremist. When Mitt Romney speaks on gay rights, he's seen as a centrist and a moderate. It's a little like if Eugene McCarthy was arguing in favor of recognizing China, people would have called him a nut. But when Richard Nixon does it, it becomes reasonable. When Ted says it, it's extreme; when I say it, it's mainstream.”

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From "Don’t Retreat, Re-aim" by Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, posted at National Review Online 3/14/12

Less than a year and a half after Republicans swept to the biggest midterm congressional landslide since Grover Cleveland’s second term, they are struggling against a president presiding over a struggling economy, rising gas prices, and an approval rating in the low 40s. Prospects for a Senate takeover, once a foregone conclusion, are now are tenuous. Even the newly won House majority is in jeopardy.

What has changed?

The 2010 Republican victories, and the tea-party movement that drove them, were based on a few critical issues: the crushing burden of our national debt; opposition to wasteful government spending, including bailouts and the stimulus; and a desire for limited constitutional government. It stood in opposition to the big-government nostrums of both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

. . . only 38 percent [of those polled in February 2012] thought social issues such as abortion or gay marriage were important in this election. Even among Republicans, fewer than half were motivated by social issues.

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From "Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors" by Adam Nagourney and Brooks Barnes, New York Times 3/23/12

. . . [There's a] behind-the-scenes fund-raising network whose goal is to legalize same-sex marriage from coast to coast. This emerging group of donors is not quite like any other fund-raising network that has supported gay-related issues over the past 40 years. They come from Hollywood, yes, but also from Wall Street and Washington and the corporate world; there are Republicans as well as Democrats; and perhaps most strikingly, longtime gay organizers said, there has been an influx of contributions from straight donors unlike anything they have seen before.

The Republican support for the effort largely began after Mr. Olson, a solicitor general under President George W. Bush, lent it his name. It accelerated with the fund-raising role of Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and of Mr. Bush’s re-election campaign, who announced he is gay 18 months ago and has since helped raise close to $3 million by fishing in waters where gay organizers had rarely gone before.

As surprising — and encouraging — to organizers of the movement are the Wall Street names added to their roster. Prominent among them is Paul Singer, a hedge fund manager who is straight and chairman of the conservative Manhattan Institute. He has donated more than $8 million to various same-sex marriage efforts, in states including California, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Oregon, much of it since 2007

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UPDATE 4/12/12: Big money donors up ante on Romney's Gay Agenda position

Also read Gay Lobby Purchases Same-sex 'Marriage'