GOP and Marriage: Moving Forward Despite Opposition

From the Heritage Foundation’s political action arm.

Yet this level of support from Republicans would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.

5 Comments for “GOP and Marriage: Moving Forward Despite Opposition”

  1. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    The vote was 258 to 169, with 39 Republicans backing the measure. In July, the House passed the initial bill with 47 Republicans voting in favor. In the Senate, 12 Republicans supported the bill. Although the WSJ doesn’t go into it, the falloff in the GOP House votes followed intensive and disingenuous lobbying by groups such as The Heritage Institute that see opposition to same-sex marriage as a still-potent fundraising tool among social conservatives.

    A case of one step forward, one step back, as usual.

    Now we are moving into the next stage — censures with an eye to removing Republican politicians who dared to defy the conservative Christian base. Senator Young of Indiana was censored by his party today, and Young won’t be the last.

    Unless and until the Republican Party sheds themselves of the noxious influence of conservative Christians, Republican politicians will not evolve on this issue, as the American people have evolved.

    A decade ago, IGF was clear about the noxious and toxic effect that the conservative Christian base had on the party. No longer. IGF is cheering them on at this point.

  2. posted by Edward TJ Brown on

    My Republican Congresswoman voted against the bill. Not too much progress among rural, red-leaning districts in my experience.

    • posted by Kosh III on

      “My Republican Congresswoman voted against the bill. Not too much progress among rural, red-leaning districts in my experience.”

      All 7 GOP reps plus both our R Senators opposed it. No progress–regression.

  3. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    I notice that Republicans in Iowa are now moving to censure Jodi Ernest. It won’t be long before each and every Republican who voted for the RFMA is censured. I notice that DeSantis is now showcasing his opposition to the RFMA as part of his effort to become a post-Trump faux-Trump. The more things change …

    Ernest is particularly culpable, because she is one of the Senators who insisted that religious protections be written into the bill. Writing protections into the bill was a kick in the teeth to conservative Christians, because enumerating protections of necessity limits the right of Christians to discriminate at will.

  4. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    In a possibly related development, Log Cabin Republicans in Texas rallied members to support anti-drag protests in San Antonio yesterday. An emerging fusion between LCR and the virulent anti-LGBT crowd?

    What would Lady MAGA say about this?

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