GOP Mega-Donor Trying to Make Party More Gay-Friendly
Paul Singer is pushing for a workplace anti-discrimination bill
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
A rainbow US flag outside San Francisco's City Hall.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Chris Christie has stopped fighting gay marriage, but most other Republican politicians aren't so willing. So how can the party appear a little less ... hateful? GOP "mega-donor" Paul Singer thinks he has the answer. He's spearheading a push for the party to back less divisive gay rights—so even if its elected lawmakers don't support gay marriage, they can still appear gay-friendly, the Washington Post reports. The first operation by Singer's advocacy group, the American Unity Fund, is to get Republican congresspeople to vote for a bill banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"The Republican image, unfortunately, is one in which we have an empathy gap,” says one of the group's lobbyists. "That impacts us across the board. An issue like this, which is about being against discrimination, feeds into the long-term future of the party." The group's polling data shows a majority of Republican voters support the workplace anti-discrimination law, even though the majority don't support gay marriage. "We’re telling Republicans, ‘If you think you can’t get there on marriage, here is a safe list of things you can support,’" says an adviser to the group.

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Oct 23, 2013 6:58 PM CDT
Not much chance the gay community will buy into that. The republicans have spoken out too many times against gay rights, as well as women and minority rights to convince most people that they have changed at all. If republicans really cared aboout anyone other than the most weathy Americans they would support fair taxation, public education, union rights, fair voting laws, revising immigration laws etc etc etc. They have spoken what they believe for too long to change their image. Only the most gullible will believe them.
Oct 22, 2013 11:08 AM CDT
Wow, so a republican wants to take a non hateful stance on an issue. Hmmm, good try, I'll believe it when I see it. I seriously doubt you can get the American Taliban to go along with anything that isn't vile and hateful. It's just how they roll. He did get one thing right though, the GOP has become the party of negativity and hate, and if they want to survive, they need to fix it. The GOP never should have welcomed in all the crazies in the first place, but if you haven't noticed, they weren't content to just be welcomed into the party, now they have taken over the party.
Oct 22, 2013 9:19 AM CDT
Anyone else reminded of the pink elephant joke on The Simpsons?