I’ve heard a lot of pundits say that we MUST change our positions on certain hot button social issues: abortion, immigration, etc.
I don’t really agree with that.
But there is one social issue that the Republican Party is wrong on, and that social issue is everything having to do with “the gays.”
Guys, we have to stop worrying about the gays. They’re going to go to their gay parties, hang out with their gay friends, and get gay married whether we like it or not. And frankly, this issue is hurting us.
Gays voted for Obama in droves, and the youth followed, with 67% of the youth vote going to the President last month. It was a landslide. It was horrible.
And look, it’s not like youth had any particular reason to be jazzed by Obama’s policies. Youth unemployment was sky high, and he hadn’t really come through on any major accomplishments, outside health care reform (if you can call that an accomplishment.)
But youth tend to be passive social liberals. They only care about issues they can comprehend, and “gay rights” is one of those issues. They don’t think critically on economic issues—the idea of creating jobs is still a magical concept that escapes many young people—but they do think with their hearts. And the Democratic Party did a great job of telling young voters that Republicans were heartless and bigoted. And it worked.
Folks, gay marriage isn’t some far left liberal agenda item anymore. The majority of Americans now favor it. It’s time for us to let go and move on. It’s time for government to get out of the bedroom—stop worrying about arbitrary things like the “sanctity of marriage”—and start focusing on real problems like skyrocketing unemployment and trillion dollar deficits.
We should lead on this issue, not follow, because it’s going to cost us long-term if we continue to drag our feet on this issue. Gay marriage doesn’t matter—it really doesn’t—so why are we making it an issue and creating single-issue voters out of it that will vote against us time and time again?
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Patrick Callahan is the 25-year-old founder and editor of RightMessage.org. Callahan has managed and worked on multiple campaigns for strong conservatives in the Midwest.