Should the Republican Party abandon its official opposition to gay marriage? Yahoo asked conservative and GOP voters to share where they'd like their party to stand on the issue.
COMMENTARY | The Democrat Party's liberal love affair with gay marriage may soon be consummated with Republicans. Unofficial Republican proposals for federal recognition of homosexual marriage are increasing. Whether an insincere attempt to appear unbigoted to gain gay friendly voters or a sincere change of heart, as with Ohio Senator Rob Portman's support of his gay son's right to marry, motive doesn't matter. A Republican Party platform switch to embrace gay marriage will dilute the GOP's religious right, which is the backbone of Republican grassroots.
Here in conservative Abilene, Texas, Tea Party types held their noses when voting for moderate establishment candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain, but many stayed home and didn't knock on doors to get out the vote due to a lack of enthusiasm. If Republican leaders sacrifice our identity by trekking toward the new middle road of gay marriage, they will convert the majority of GOP grassroots into couch potatoes and lose even more elections.
If this issue is about protecting the First Amendment rights of adults to marry whomever they wish in their church of choice and not legislating morality, then government would need to be consistent by recognizing marital rights for polygamists and those suffering with incestuous genetic sexual attraction (GSA).
Legally preserving the tradition of heterosexual marriage is no more bigoted than prohibiting an infertile father from marrying his adult daughter; it's all about subjective differences in moral identity. Republicans need to legislatively oppose gay marriage or risk being absorbed into the Democrat Party.
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