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Gay Pride and the GOP

Posted by Dan Draney on February 24, 2010


Chris Draney

Last week the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) included some surprises. For the first time a group of gay conservatives, GOProud, was a sponsor. Despite the loss of a long time sponsor, CPAC stuck with GOProud. Later, from the podium, Alexander McCobin.   from Students For Liberty, conservative student group, spoke positively of GOProud’s inclusion, resulting in scattered boos, which were drowned out by applause. A few minutes later, another speaker, Ryan Sorba, started an anti-gay rant, which was not at all appreciated by the crowd. If you get your news from The Daily Show, you might have seen that clip. Here’s a much more extensive write up by Bruce Carroll (, including video clips of both podium speeches.

In my view this is unequivocally a good thing for the GOP and for gays, although some of my conservative friends may disagree. I say this not only from a libertarian, live-and-let-live, standpoint. It’s also good political calculus, as Carroll explains. The votes of gays, like those of blacks, are taken for granted by Democrats. Conservative gays find coming out as a conservative to gays is more dangerous than coming out as gay to conservatives. Welcoming pro-freedom, pro-capitalism gays into a “conservatarian” coalition should be a no-brainer.

I’ve written before about the gay marriage issue, including citing Ryne’s now-erased blog at the time. Briefly, the route that proponents need to take on this is to enact it through legislative means, not judicial fiat. Two things should be perfectly clear on this issue today: 1) a majority of the US population does not support gay marriage at present; and 2) a substantial minority, if not a majority, of the population is personally accepting of gays.

Having fierce opposition to gay marriage front and center in the conservative/GOP message dovetails very nicely with the Democrat/MSM narrative of “conservative=bigot.” Do we really need to feed that?

UPDATE: Fixed the name of GOProud and added a link.


4 Responses to “Gay Pride and the GOP”

  1. Ryne McClaren said

    Yet another highlight, I think, of how ordinary citizens dislike having the government intruding in their lives.

    I think you’re spot on about the majority/minority angle.

    While the majority of the population may not support full-blown gay marriage, a substantial number of people personally accept gays. There’s probably a lot of reasons for this: “out of the closet” homosexuality becoming more commonplace (thankfully), more accurate media portrayals of gays, the role of homosexuals in the church changing, and so on.

    • Dan Draney said

      You don’t happen to have archive files of your old blog(s) do you? You wrote a lot of good stuff on them. If you do and you’re interested, we can try to restore them here.

      I see that linking to the two older posts on this blog generated a “comment”/trackback on those posts. I wasn’t expecting that, but I can see where it would be useful. Nice WP feature.

      • Ryne McClaren said

        You know… I don’t think that I do, Dan. Unfortunately.

        If I were to re-subscribe to Typepad, however, they may be available. I simply cannot remember if I deleted the blog, or simply stopped forking over the cash. I don’t know if they archive when you stop paying the bill.

      • Dan Draney said

        I see the Admin tools have an option to upload a Type Pad archive file (up to 15 MB), It might be worth it to find out if a short term or “trial” re-sub would let you recover those posts. That’s one reason I always go for the free blogging services. If I had had to pay to keep my Blogger site up while I was neglecting it, I doubt it would still be there.

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