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The fliers opposing the presence of gay Republican group GOProud at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are pretty funny.
Check out my piece on gays at this year’s CPAC: “CPAC’s Second-Class Gays.”
Gay Republican group GOProud gets to attend this year’s conference—but that’s hardly a victory.
Watching gay conservatives try to make their way in the GOP is like having a friend in an emotionally abusive relationship. Despite the victim’s best attempts to placate the abuser, tensions mount until there’s a big blowup. Your friend denounces the guy, packs their bags, and resolves to leave. But next you hear, suddenly everything’s fine; the abuser has apologized—he’s been under a lot of stress lately—and getting out was a bad idea anyway.
At this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), gays and the GOP are in another one of their reconciliation phases. After raising hell for being knocked off the list of sponsors in 2011, the leadership of gay Republican group GOProud is back to keeping up appearances. “The relationship between GOProud and the American Conservative Union has been frayed in the past,” says Ross Hemminger, the group’s executive co-director. “Our big focus now is rebuilding the relationship.”
Massacres of boys! That indeed is the essence of modern war. The killing off of the young
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Heeding calls from gay-rights supporters, business groups, and Republicans like John McCain and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, on Wednesday Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed a “religious liberty” bill that would have allowed for-profit businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians so long as they were motivated by “sincerely held religious belief.” A nearly identical law failed to advance in Kansas last week. Now, in light of the blowback, anti-gay discrimination bills in conservative legislatures—including Mississippi, Georgia, and Oklahoma—have stalled, and even lawmakers who voted for such measures are stepping back their support.
The failure of these anti-gay discrimination bills amounts to a stern rebuke to the religious right, which sees defeat on the horizon in the gay-marriage fight. Just in the past two months, judges have overturned bans on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, and Kentucky. Rather than try to stop the inevitable, social conservatives in red states have sought to exempt themselves from future gay-rights legislation under the banner of “religious liberty.” But these “religious liberty” bills are a clear case of conservatives drinking their own Kool-Aid. The scenario of a Christian baker being forced to make a cake for a same-sex couple may rile the base and fill airtime at Fox News, but most Americans simply don’t see sticking two grooms on a wedding cake as persecution. They do, however, recognize turning away a gay couple from a restaurant or emergency room as a violation of civil rights.
The state’s anti-gay discrimination bill is doomed, but this is just the first we’ve seen of standalone “religious liberty” bills.
Think snow is pretty? It’s not.