Should the Republican Party abandon its official opposition to gay marriage? Yahoo News asked conservative and GOP voters to share where they'd like their party to stand on the issue.
COMMENTARY | As a self-identified political conservative, I was asked to share my opinion of whether the GOP should abandon its position of opposing gay marriage, or stick to its principles of backing only heterosexual marriage.
The Republican Platform states, "... even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity."
I agree that marriage should be between one man and one woman, which (until recently) is how most dictionaries defined the term. I support civil unions and domestic partnerships for those who choose an alternative lifestyle, affording all the same rights and responsibilities as a heterosexual marriage.
Recent surveys proclaim a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. However, more Republicans won election in 2012 than Democrats, suggesting the "silent majority" may not be in agreement with these surveys.
The GOP should not abandon their support for traditional marriage. It is OK, even preferable, to have well-defined differences between political parties. Voters will still cast their ballots for individual Republicans, Democrats, or even candidates with another affiliation.
Registered as a non-partisan, Harold Andrews has voted regularly for more than 30 years, without the burden of towing the line for any political party. He currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon.
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