Some Minnesota kid’s pro-gay opinion is probably more important than we would guess

Timothy Kincaid

March 6th, 2013

My first response to this article was “that’s vaguely interesting”: (sfgate)

The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Ryan Lyk told The Associated Press he wants people to know that not just Democrats support gay marriage. He released a statement of support in conjunction with Minnesotans United, the political group pursuing a gay marriage bill that could get a vote later this spring at the Capitol.

But on second thought, this may be a story that has more importance than attention. Lyk’s opinion, as just some college kid, is fairly inconsequential. But as the head of an organization that liaises between Republican legislators and the youth vote, that brings speakers to campus, that facilitates and mans the get-out-the-vote and other precinct walking endeavors, his opinion matters a great deal.

And in today’s political climate, in which Republicans are desperately looking for youth to point at as evidence that they are not becoming irrelevant, someone like Lyk probably has greater access and influence than has most often been the case.

So perhaps it is worth noting that the chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans has come out for equality.


March 6th, 2013

I think we’ve reached the tipping point on equality at long last. It’s about damned time too.

Bose in St. Peter MN

March 6th, 2013

NOM has got to be so disappointed that the guy is nearly done serving, so they can’t throw threats and money against his reelection.

Worth noting: He interned for Michele Bachmann, so he’s been in the belly of the beast.


March 7th, 2013

Bose, thank you for that tid bit about interning with Bachman. We on the *right side of history* have eyes and ears all over, I love that about “us”.


March 7th, 2013

Bose, I’m sorry, he did what now? Beyond the whiplash I’m getting from people who seem to want to have it both ways when it suits their careers (although I’m inclined to take it a lot easier on a poor intern), the sheer amount of crazy, dishonesty, and extremism coming out of that office on virtually every issue makes this something this fellow might want to eventually remove from his resume.

We’ll see what happens here. Obviously, I’m skeptical. Both because you can replace (and in this case, this fellow is leaving office) someone at this level awfully easily, and because, well, there are too few supporting us from that side of the aisle when it counts.

I guess what I mean is – this is a positive development, but don’t break out the party favors quite yet, and keep an eye on your valuables when you roll out the welcome mats.


March 7th, 2013

The GOP would need to get more liberal on many different issues, other than just marriage equality, to get a large chunk of the youth vote. They would need to stop supporting the drug war and would also have to stop trying to cut financial aid that many college students desperately need. In addition, one of the groups that is usually anti-war is college age students.

It’s nice to see at least some in the GOP try to be nicer to the LGBT community, but on the whole many of the other stances of the GOP won’t get the youth vote.

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