Pollster Jan van Lohuizen has shared a surprising and fascinating memo with Republican politicos that advocates standing in favor of equal treatment under the law for same-sex couples. It ties in nicely with Ted Olson’s fantastic “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage” essay, and absolutely warrants a read.
Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast transcribed this memo for easy reading, which you can read on their website. But particularly noteworthy to me was the Q&A section at the end (not pictured above) of the memo:
Other thoughts / Q&A: Follow up to questions about affirmative action:
“This is not about giving anyone extra protections or privileges, this is about making sure that everyone – regardless of sexual orientation – is provided the same protections against discrimination that you and I enjoy.”
Why public attitudes might be changing:
“As more people have become aware of friends and family members who are gay, attitudes have begun to shift at an accelerated pace. This is not about a generational shift in attitudes, this is about people changing their thinking as they recognize their friends and family members who are gay or lesbian.”
“As people who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government.”
Kudos to Mr. van Lohuizen for pointing out the obvious connection between “conservative” principles and equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens. If the GOP wants its claim of support for small government to be taken seriously, the party needs to realize that it can’t keep pushing for government mandate of their religious beliefs on everyone else.