Pew Research Center, June 28-July 9, 2012 shows that 65% of Democrats support gay marriage vs. 24% of Republicans
So, if you’re a GLBT voter, is it an oxymoron to vote Republican?
Three Reasons Why To Vote For Romney
Despite Romney’s lack of support for LGBT rights and the Federal Marriage Amendment for same-sex marriage throughout the United States, Republicans such as Jim Pease, president of Log Cabin Republicans Tampa Bay, are voting for Romney because of the candidate’s business experience and conservative fiscal policies.
Pease told the Washington Blade that “If we go over the cliff economically, gay rights is going to be the least of our problems.”
Mimi Planas, co-chair of Log Cabin Republicans of Miami, is also voting for Romney, because she too is not a one-issue voter. “We have to look at national defense, we got to look at the economy, the spending…”
Rich Weisman, a gay married Republican activist, from Portland, Oregon, is attending the Republican Convention to drum up support for marriage equality within the Republican Party.
Republican Big Wigs for Romney
Jerry Sanders, San Diego’s Republican Mayor, is taking out an ad that has him speaking out in favor of gay marriage. It will run during the convention.
Go Proud, the first gay Republican group to endorse Romney for President, Its Executive Director, Jimmy LaSalvia, will attend the convention and hold “Homocon 2012,” a giant dance party with Republican notables after the speeches. His reason for favoring Romney: “We are in a crisis in this country and gay people need jobs. Sure same-sex marriage is important, but we can’t base our presidential vote on it.”
R. Clarke Cooper, who runs the Log Cabin Republicans, a national Republican gay and lesbian grassroots organization, said he’s optimistic about the party’s future as well despite the platforms. “All the polling data shows that there is a generational shift that makes our party more accepting, even if it did not manifest itself in the platform.”
Some small aspects that Cooper believes will benefit the LGBT community are “the original draft said one could not receive refugee status for nonpolitical reasons, which would mean that there are LGBT people running for their lives who aren’t political dissidents but who couldn’t come here.” In the marriage section, Cooper points out that the platform committee added a caveat that “everyone deserves dignity and respect.”
Young Republicans Ask RNC TO NOT OPPOSE Marriage Equality in Platform
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry sent a letter to the Republican National Committee Platform Committee Chairman and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The letter stated that giving people more personal freedom is the foundation of the Republican Party and that the principles of limited government and individual freedom are good reasons to support marriage equality.
Citing increased public support for same-sex marriage as evidenced by a May 2012 Washington Post/ABC News Poll, the letter states that “among younger Republicans, support the freedom to marry is approaching majority. Forty-six of self-identified Republicans aged 18-44 in support and 46% in opposition. Also encouraging is the fact that 197 Republican state legislators have gone on record supporting marriage equality.