Supporters of gay marriage were a big factor in the recent election. Some would say that supporters of gay marriage determined the outcome of the election. What can we learn?
The Republican party has taken a more socially conservative platform in recent years than has traditionally been the case. Some might be old enough to remember Barry Goldwater’s indifference to whether or not gays be allowed to marry. Ayn Rand seemed to favor getting the government out of people’s personal lives. This change in party direction may be due to the larger role that groups such as “Focus on the Family” have played in helping to vet and approve our party’s candidates. Religeous leaders of all types seem to have staked a claim to power in the Republican party over the past few decades. Perhaps some have felt that this is the appropriate course for the party to take, in order to balance out some of the socially liberal positions the Democrat party has taken. In any event, it is becoming a problem for us as a party.
David Cameron, Britain’s Conservative party leader recently took a position contrary to the history of his party. He now famously remarked, “I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a conservative.”
(Ron Paul on Gay Marriage)
I happen to think he is right, and this is the right course for the Republican party to take. Here’s why:
One of the deepest held beliefs of the Republican party is that government needs to get out of our lives, and mind its own business. Nothing is more personal than the relationship that a person might have with another. Life can be pretty hard, and if you find someone who makes it easier for you to get through it — Who are we to say that you can’t be happy? There is simply no logical reason that free people who pay their taxes should be precluded from entering into a partnership of any type together. Supporters of gay marriage are conservatives, and they don’t even know it.
The government’s only role in legislating such partnerships should be recording the marriage, much like the government records the incorporation of a business, limited partnership, or limited liability company. Anybody with $50 should be able to send in a form, and go on the books as having married whoever, or however many people they want. The ceremony would be left up to however they want to plan it, of course. The separation of church and state, which all of our right wing extremist founding fathers were in favor of — precludes our government from legislating religious morality on any of our citizens, so why do we promote just that? Supporters of gay marriage have been stinging us with this point again and again.
We are leaving the Democrats a huge window to label us as hypocrites by claiming that the government needs to get out of lives and businesses, but then turning around to say that marriage should only be allowed between one man, and one woman. This flies in the face of personal liberty, and everything that the Republican party is supposed to be about. Supporters of gay marriage continue to have it easy when arguing their case for personal liberty with the party that is supposed to stand for personal liberty.
In short, if the Republican party continues to hold firmly to this issue — it’s going to alienate a lot of voters, and reinforce Democrat complaints that we are the party of “racists, bigots, and homophobes”. We risk ending up on the wrong side of history, much like Democrats who opposed desegregation and civil rights in the south. We should not support marriage reform in spite of being conservatives, but BECAUSE we are conservatives.