GOP Building 'Coalition of the Old' on Gay Issues
Peter Beinart: Republicans better wake up
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 1:53 PM CST
The GOP has a losing strategy on gay rights, says columnist Peter Beinart.   (AP Photo/dpa, Michael Reichel)

(Newser) – Republicans are making a deliberate push to attract minorities to the party, belatedly waking up to the demographic realities of America, writes Peter Beinart at the Daily Beast. But the GOP is "going to need more than merely black and brown spokespeople" to compete in the modern world, writes Beinart. "It’s going to need openly gay and lesbian ones, too." More importantly, it needs to embrace gay marriage—now. Sure, Republicans can cobble together a coalition of "whites, Hispanics, and blacks" in opposition to same-sex marriage, and it will probably work in the short term. This is a generational issue, however.

"Since younger Americans of virtually every ethnic and racial group are far more supportive of gay rights than are their elders, stitching together a multi-ethnic coalition against gay rights means building a coalition of the old," writes Beinart. It is not a contradiction to embrace both cultural conservatism and committed gay marriages. The rest of the country is coming to realize it, and the faster the GOP does so, "the faster it will make itself nationally competitive again." Click for the full column.

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ChuckAnziulewicz
Feb 20, 2013 9:41 AM CST
The GOP may not “Go Gay” anytime soon … but sooner or later they’ll have to come to grips with the fact that vilifying Gay Americans is no longer a vote-getter for them. Back in 2009 a CBS News survey found that while only 18% of Americans over the age of 65 supported marriage equality for Gay couples, 41% of American under the age of 45 supported it. That was FOUR YEARS AGO, and the generational shift in attitudes among young people toward their Gay friends and family members is accelerating. Even conservative columnist Andrew Stuttaford grudgingly acknowledged this: “I fully understand (even if I do not agree with) the idea that same-sex unions are a threat to conventional marriage and I fully understand those who argue that opposition to gay marriage is a fundamental principle too important to be abandoned for reasons of political expediency, but these findings should, I reckon, at least be some sort of warning to those who assume that the GOP’s current position on this issue will continue to be a vote-winner.”. 30 years ago most Americans were not aware of any Gay friends, family members, or co-workers. Today most Americans ARE aware, and they have become dramatically more accepting and supportive of the Gay people and Gay couples in their lives. And social networking sites like Facebook have made the proverbial "closet" virtually obsolete. The Republican Party ignores this growing acceptance at their own peril. The economy is important, yes... but your friends are PERSONAL.
savdavis
Feb 19, 2013 5:57 PM CST
They already have the LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS,,,,,I suppose now they need brick cabin republicans Next Double wide Republicans,,,,How does Mark Foley,feel about this..
Buckshot
Feb 19, 2013 4:49 PM CST
Another empty stratigy by the gop (small letters) they already have those voters?