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More GOP voices for equality

Timothy Kincaid

March 4th, 2014

From the NYTimes

Evoking Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, a group of Western-state Republicans plans to enter the battle in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, urging a federal appeals court to declare gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma unconstitutional.

The most prominent of the approximately 20 signers of the brief are former Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, a longtime supporter of gay rights, and former Senator Nancy L. Kassebaum of Kansas, who said last year that she had reconsidered her former opposition to same-sex marriage. The document says that “marriage is strengthened” and “the social stability of the family unit are promoted” by allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Neither of those names is exactly surprising, but very welcome. For too long mainstream Republicans have let the far right be the face and voice of the party on social issues so, while they have a long way to go, it is encouraging to see momentum build in the moderate side of the party.

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TampaZeke
March 4th, 2014 | LINK

I’ll buy evoking Barry Goldwater but evoking Ronald Reagan to support gay rights or marriage equality makes my head spin. More Reagan myths and Republican history revisions (like the Briggs initiative retelling where Reagan is made to look like a gay rights hero).

And I’ll be more impressed when more of the Republicans that come out for marriage equality don’t have “former” in front of their title.

TampaZeke
March 4th, 2014 | LINK

…but I welcome any and all support and any and all evolution from current and former politicians and anyone else.

Hyhybt
March 5th, 2014 | LINK

Now if only they didn’t have “former” before their titles…

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