Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Thoughts Exactly

From Box Turtle Bulletin comes a message from a member of Britain's conservative party to the US's own conservative party--don't alienate certain of society for short-term wins at the ballot box. Well, those weren't his exact words, but that sums it up pretty nicely.

My favorite part of the speech warns the GOP that anti-gay laws and tactics don't just drive away gay people, but they also affect other fair-minded individuals that see such laws as "divisive and unpleasant sign of state intolerance."

It's pretty clear that support for gay people in our society is on the rise. Whether it's support for full marriage rights, civil unions, opposition to DADT, etc., gays are seeing real gains in support for their cause. But let's face it--it's not because we have more gay people now than we used to (in spite of what some in Uganda and the extreme American right would have you believe), it's because straight people out there are realizing that gay people actually deserve these rights, and slowly but surely, they are also getting sick and tired of seeing one party scapegoat a group of people for their own personal gain.

Britain's conservative party paid dearly for such tactics and had to do a lot of digging to get out of the hole they eventually put themselves in. Let's hope their American Republican party heeds the advice.


At 21/2/10 1:36 PM, Blogger Maythen said...

I live in Britain and the Tory party (while riding on the unpopularity of the Labour party) are still known for their homophobia.

The fact that they are now actively courting the gay population proves that fiscal conservatism and social conservatism are not necessarily intertwined.

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