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Republicans of conviction, like Branden Petersen of Minnesota, lead the way.
Alas, it is "political courage" like this that is putting America on the fast track to 60% illegitimacy rates (you know, 40% wasn't enough). Actually, wasnt he doing this for some self-serving family connection? That is why people are sick of politicians, and American politics.
The National Organization "for" Marriage is endemic of exactly what is wrong the Republican party. Instead of coming up with ideas and solutions that a popular with the country (and in a democracy! Imagine that!), they have turned the Republican party into an ideological purity test, eventually harming the entire party and democracy overall. Most of the candidates NOM ran against either won reelection or were replaced with Democrats who supported gay marriage anyways.
Other groups will not allow the Republican Party to moderate at all on other issues, particularly social ones. This is exactly the problem. Republicans could win on a platform that would actually win elections. But the base just plain won't let them. And when politicians can't represent their constituents, they get ousted, plain and simple.
goferfanz: "Alas, it is 'political courage' like this that is putting America on the fast track to 60% illegitimacy rates"
Actually teenage pregnancy rates are higher in states that -ban- gay marriage and lower in states than don't.
"The GOP is returning to its core values — and that’s good for our party and good for America. Republicans increasingly recognize that the freedom to marry is consistent with our belief in limited government and individual freedom."
endorsing gay marriage is a return to GOP values? Since when? If he really was for limited government and individual freedom he would have tried removing government from the marriage business entirely. Good luck with this new platform. It will fail.
goferfanz: "Alas, it is "political courage" like this that is putting America on the fast track to 60% illegitimacy rates." I fail to see the connection between marriage equality for homosexuals and higher illegitimacy. Wouldn't more couples getting married make for fewer illegitimate children?
""" I fail to see the connection between marriage equality for homosexuals and higher illegitimacy."""..........It's pretty easy, aka the more society devalues traditional marriage, the more heterosexual couples turn away from it. The illegitimacy epidemic started with easy divorce laws decades ago, then was boosted by govt paying single moms to have (multiple) kids out of wedlock. The current trend of redefining marriage to include any or all permutations of couples or other things will only continue to turn young couples away from traditional marriage. The illegitimacy trend is staggering and undeniable, yet few people ask..."why?"
Or people like jd cite teenage pregnancy, which is a totally different topic than illegitimacy. I guess the latter is too painful to discuss openly and honestly?
It's good to see the Republican Party move away from the social issues. We're about a decade away from the Republican party becoming fully libertarian...there is no future in being conservative on social issues. Let's get political discussion where it should be, on the size and scope of government.
"We're about a decade away from the Republican party becoming fully libertarian" -- Agreed. Adopting a more libertarian stance is how the GOP can revitalize itself by attracting a younger demographic of voters who appreciate personal liberty and responsibility. It's also a first step in getting the government out of the marriage business altogether as someone else suggested.
Yeah - and the big "courageous Peterson will be the ex-Rep. Peterson in the next election. Thanks to the GOP for standing up for marriage.
It was in the late 1800's when the government started with marriage licenses before that is was taken care of by the churches. It was churches that started marriages and I feel the government should get out of the marriage business and give it back to the churches. Then politicians wouldn't have to deal with it. But Petersen ran on false principles and lied to us that voted for him and for that he has lost my support.
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