Would Gay Voters Really Fall for a Pro-Marriage Equality GOP?

Nov 8, 2012 Full story: www.thenation.com 8

A few hours after watching this tearjerking ad run by the Maine marriage equality campaign - in which an elderly grandfather, arm around his gay daughter, says "It takes a lot of bravery to be a lesbian" - I read an oddly deflating Slate piece about how the gay marriage battles in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington were won.

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equalityboy81

Yulee, FL

#1 Nov 9, 2012
I'm skeptical of most Republicans. They haven't given me any reason to feel otherwise.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#2 Nov 9, 2012
This part really stood out for me.

FTA: For decades, gay advocates had framed their arguments in terms of equal rights and government benefits, often using rhetoric that was confrontational (“We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it”) and demanding (“We deserve equal rights now!”). Third Way, a centrist think tank working in the coalition with Freedom To Marry, began to unpack exactly how straight people reacted to such tactics. The group found that when straight people were asked what marriage meant to them, they spoke of love, commitment and responsibility. But when asked why they thought gay people wanted to marry, they cited rights and benefits. Tapping into anti-gay stereotypes, they suggested gay people wanted marriage for selfish reasons while they themselves wanted to express love and commitment.

So this time around, the pro–marriage equality contingent emphasized ““love, commitment, family,” with no mention of rights or benefits.” In response to research finding that parents worried about ceding control over their children’s values education to schools, the Maine campaign created an ad in which a teacher and her husband reassert that “No law is going to change the core values we teach our kids here at home.”

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#3 Nov 9, 2012
I was just on another thread about two gay republicans who lost their bid for election. I don't think it was the fact they were gay so much as what they had to face being part of the current Republican Party.

Over the last two years America witnessed one of the craziest nomination processes ever seen in this country. The first debate saw them exclude Ron Paul (a declared candidate) while inviting Michelle Bachmann who hadn't even filed to run for president.

Add to that the outrageous comments about "was it really rape" and it's not surprising their "strategy" began to unravel 2 hours into Election night.
Harry Morgenstern

Oxford, ME

#4 Nov 25, 2012
If they can fall for a hairy guy in fishnet stocking and high heels, they can pretty much fall for anything.

Since: Mar 07

United States

#5 Nov 25, 2012
Harry Morgenstern wrote:
If they can fall for a hairy guy in fishnet stocking and high heels, they can pretty much fall for anything.
Don't most cross-dressers identify as straight?
dognes

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Nov 27, 2012
youtube.com/watch...
in which an elderly grandfather, arm around his gay daughter, says "It takes a lot of bravery to be a lesbian"??
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Being Gay is a matter of Choice not Bravery,,,Gay have chose the Gay life and the entire USA will legal for it

“Extremely me”

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#7 Nov 27, 2012
dognes wrote:
youtube.com/watch?v=gbFa91vDc2 4&feature=plcp …
in which an elderly grandfather, arm around his gay daughter, says "It takes a lot of bravery to be a lesbian"??
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Being Gay is a matter of Choice not Bravery,,,Gay have chose the Gay life and the entire USA will legal for it
"Being Gay is a matter of Choice not Bravery..."

You have obviously never been gay in rural America.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#8 Nov 28, 2012
dognes wrote:
youtube.com/watch?v=gbFa91vDc2 4&feature=plcp …
in which an elderly grandfather, arm around his gay daughter, says "It takes a lot of bravery to be a lesbian"??
-
Being Gay is a matter of Choice not Bravery,,,Gay have chose the Gay life and the entire USA will legal for it
When did you choose your sexual orientation?

When did you Mom and Dad choose to be heterosexual?
How old were they and you?

Next thing you'll try to tell us is that if discrimination against gays and lesbians becomes illegal the birth rate of the nation will fall.

That's the same thing the prosecutors in Russia claimed when they brought Madonna to trial last week
LMAO!

But answer us this. If you are indeed a heterosexual male secure in being hetero why are gays and lesbians such a threat to you?

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