GOP To Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage At Convention
As if there is not enough discord in the Republican Party comes news that the GOP convention will likely stir the pot again over a matter that much of the nation feels to be resolved.
At the heart of the matter is a bitter clash with the platform committee over whether the party should embrace a more moderate approach to gay nuptials, in keeping with a public that is more open to it, or maintain the hard line the party’s base demands.
On the one hand there are the evolved members of the GOP.
Some of the party’s biggest financiers, attempting to transform the GOP’s approach, have been helping to bankroll the American Unity Fund, a group that has launched a well-organized, behind-the-scenes effort to lobby convention delegates who will draw up the platform. It is asking them to adopt language that would accommodate same sex marriage.
On the other hand are those who are not enlightened and wish to adhere to the bigoted views long espoused by the party.
Social conservatives, alarmed at what they view as an effort to topple a central tenet of their movement, are also gearing up. Last week, Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council president and a vocal opponent of same sex marriage, secured one of Louisiana’s two slots on the platform committee. Perkins, who also served on the committee in 2012, is expected to take the lead in litigating any efforts to change the party’s position.
Is it any wonder why younger voters, those who reside in urban settings, or are well educated shun the GOP in numbers that need to concern the party. If the party can not connect with real America they have no right to suggest they should be elected to govern.