Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to explain "Gay Republicans": A Post columnist has a good answer

Steven Petrow, in a column in the Washington Post Style page called “Civilities”, answers a question “How to tell friends that you are gay and Republican”, link here.

The best part of his answer shows that conservatism can be consistent with gay equality, even demand it, as Andrew Sullivan often points out.  Petrow discusses Ted Olson, the attorney who won “Bush v Gore” for George W. Bush, but argued the conservative case for striking down California’s Proposition 8.
Wash Westmoreland made a TV film “Gay Republicans” in 2004 (available on Netflix), examining Log Cabin Republicans. 

My own first book is, after all, titled “Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back”, although a harsh reviewer on Amazon said I wasn’t either conservative or libertarian.

Let’s point out, too, the past of Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty (GLIL), not as active as it was in the 1990s.  (The webpage doesn’t work right now.)  In the 1990s, the connection “gay and libertarian” took hold, but weakened after 9/11 and after the idea that promoting marriage was promoting government-endorsed privileges took hold.  Libertarians have sometimes opposed ENDA.

Picture: An author’s booth (Jenise Brown, “Down Low Sister on Top:  Celebrating the Afrcian American Bisexual Woman”) from LGBT Virginia Pride in Richmond on Saturday. 

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