A Must Read on Gay Marriage

Marc Ambinbder has a must read post up about the gay marriage debate’s evolving nature, using Romney as his key example. During Romney’s 2002 run he supported domestic partnership agreements but not gay marriage or civil unions. However, as the debate evolved in both the legislature and the courts, Romney found himself forced into supporting civil unions, a position that would come back to haunt him in 2008. 

Romney’s tone on gay rights changed, as his friends and even members of his family would come to notice.  Early on, he didn’t have a problem associating himself with gay equality, in part because he faced no pressure from social conservatives.  One that pressure was felt, he tried to balance surface calls for tolerance with his new crowd’s outright opposition to homosexuality itself.

Gay marriage is an issue that has given me alot of heartburn late at night–certainly I do not find it in the best interest of society to grant homosexual relations the same status as heterosexual marriages, but it also seems disingenuous for the state to dictate that one relationship is not worthy of state acknowledgment, leading to a feeling of disenfranchisement for gay couples. Ultimately I end up coming down against gay marriage and unsure on civil unions; the bottom line, however, is that an utter insistence on this issues has cost us both qualified candidates and the support of millennial voters at the polls.

Indicative of both this trend and calls within the party to win back younger voters is Meghan McCain’s appearance at the Log Cabin Republicans meeting. From ABC News:

John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, 24, has agreed to headline the annual convention of the Log Cabin Republicans, a GOP group which advocates on behalf of gays and lesbians.

“Her willingness to reach out to organizations like ours shows her commitment to growing the Republican Party,” Log Cabin convention manager Christian Berle told ABC News. “The title of Meghan McCain’s speech is ‘Winning the Next Generation — How can the Republican Party attract more young voters.'”

I think the question here should not be how much longer will gay marriage be a litmus test issue but how much longer we can afford it to be.

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