Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gay Old Party?

From the Detroit News comes this story.

"Rumblings of change are beginning to be heard from deep inside the Republican Party.
The gay Log Cabin Republicans' recent national convention offered a tantalizing peek at a possible not-so-distant future when the Republican Party has finally -- and firmly -- turned the corner and embraced equality for gay Americans.

Marquee speakers were Steve Schmidt, former senior campaign strategist for 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, and former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, a founder of the moderate Republican Leadership Council.
Representing the youth vote that will determine the GOP's fate was Meghan McCain, 24-year-old daughter of Sen. McCain and a contributor at "

If the GOP intends to be player in the 21st century, it must embrace full equality for LGBT Americans. The writing is on the wall; this generation is the future, and that includes Republicans.

There is no doubt in my mind that opposition to equality will not be part of the GOP's platform in the near future.

And in other encourging news, the Advocate reports that New York's Republican Party leadership has announced it will not attempt to whip its membership:

The Log Cabin Republicans announced Tuesday that the GOP's New York leadership in both the state senate and assembly are going to allow Republican legislators to make "conscience votes" on Gov. David Paterson's marriage-equality bill rather than pressuring party members to vote against it, giving the legislation a much stronger likelihood of picking up Republican votes in both chambers.


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