Saturday, March 31, 2012

Are Republicans Realizing Homophobia Isn't Winning Any Friends?

According to a fascinating story in Politico.com, the Republican party may be shifting focus away from its long-held anti-same sex marriage stance—recognizing that homophobia is winning the conservative party no friends.

"What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file Republicans is virtually a dead issue, as Republicans in Congress don’t care to have gay marriage litigated in the Capitol," Politico suggests, realizing that there has been a cultural shift in the United States.

"Same-sex relationships are more prominent and accepted. There are more gay public figures—including politicians—and it’s likely that many Washington Republicans have gay friends and coworkers," the article says.

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), a veteran of 1990s' culture wars, told the webbie, "If you look at campuses and universities, they have a lot of gay pride clubs and so there has been a deliberate and effective outreach to the younger generation about being more accepting of same-sex relationships."

Thankfully—at last—it appears that the flagging economy has displaced social issues in today’s politics. "Ask most House Republicans today if they have deep convictions about gay relationships, and it hardly registers," Politico reports, quoting Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.): "I have deep convictions about my children having a financially stable country. That’s what keeps me up awake at night, not worrying about who’s sleeping with who."

What an astonishing realization: And it only took the G.O.P. eights months to understand that constantly picking on a minority is not what this nation cares about. See the Politico piece here. *