April 13, 2009

Meghan McCain: What we need is a gayer GOP

Posted: 08:44 AM ET

By Meghan McCain, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain

This week, I will be speaking at the Log Cabin Republicans' national convention in support of the gay community and its role in the future of the Republican Party. Of all the causes I believe in and speak publicly about, this is one of the ones closest to my heart.

The Log Cabin Republicans’ mission "is to work within the Republican Party to advocate equal rights for all Americans, including gays and lesbians." The group is centered on core Republican values, such as limited government, individual liberty and responsibility, an economy based in free markets, and a strong national defense. And in the spirit of the GOP’s founding beliefs—personal freedom and liberty—they are dedicated to securing full equality for gays and lesbians in America to create a stronger, larger, and more-unified GOP.

What I found most interesting about the Log Cabin Republicans is where and when they got their start: in California, during the late '70s. At the time, much of the progress made in securing equal rights for gays was drawing a backlash.


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Jeffrey K - Seattle   April 13th, 2009 11:22 am ET

Why do you think republicans are so against gay rights?

Michael C. McHugh   April 13th, 2009 12:44 pm ET

Gays are an easy target for them to appeal to their base voters–usually older white voters in the South and rural areas–which is also why McCain put Palin on the ticket, despite her obvious lack of qualifications.

Republicans can't run on the real agenda, which is lower taxes for the rich, hostility to workers, and support for big business interests, but they have a genius for obscuring and disguising that agenda, and for diverting attention to other issues. Gays, abortion, hostility to blacks and immigrants, these are diversionary issues to pick up white votes.

And it worked for them for 30 years. Only when the economy crashed on their watch did they finally get blasted out of office. I think it would have happened anyway, just by not as large a margin. We're in a reform era now.

Needless to say, any gays who join this party are pretty much on the same level as Uncle Tom and Mr. Bojangles,or like Jews trying to join the Nazi Party. Perhaps such gays are too dense to understand that they aren't even wanted, that the Republicans wish they would not even exist. Well, there were also some slaves who wanted to fight for their masters in the Civil War.

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 13th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

Attention McCains: If you don’t like the Republican Conservative Party Values you ought to move on to the Democrats Liberal Progressives .. Again.. For all of you McCains out there.. It’s Ok!! If you feel like a Liberal Progressive move on.. Just move on.. You owe us no "Rotten brand of loyalty" and we Conservatives don’t want any. So don’t feel held back just because your name is McCain and a John McCain was once nominated as a Republican Presidential Nominee.. Be liberal all you want.. You are exposed anyway.. so just go away all of you McCains..

Rose   April 13th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

Political parties should be inclusive of all people, but unfortunately the Republican party is not. John McCain needed the ultra right wing voters during the election. That's why he picked Palin. They are pro-bible and anti-gay. That is not going to change. This demographic tends to be phobic of anyone and anything outside of their version of "acceptable". They vote for "their way or no way".

How could Meghan McCain have stood by her father during the election knowing full well the reasons why he picked the unqualified Palin and cheering her on with her overly conservative positions? Meghan now sounds like the kind of Republican that is the opposite of what Palin represented. You can't have it both ways.

I'm glad that the White House invited gay families to their Easter Egg Roll this weekend, for the first time in history. I can't imagine that with a Republican in office. No wonder all the famines and wars on earth don't end. God is too busy trying to sort out each of our individual sexual orientations so the "correct" people can be damned. With over 6 billion people in the world, other problems will have to wait for divine intervention.

Dave of Detroit   April 13th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

The Republican Party began in a way in Grand Rapids, MI and their first President was Abraham Lincoln and I personally have a real problem with "The Log Cabin" theme. California being the base of the new movement is not a surprise at all although the swing away from the Democratic Party is. There is a new trend in the U.S. and the "Gay" Community is well aware of it-strangely, it is based in the idea of individual liberty and personal responsibility that is mentioned in this article. There is a real confusion on the term "Liberty", even more confusion on the term "personal responsibility" and finally on the Constitution itself which assures us of equal rights regardless of race, religion, or sex-(gender not orientation!) The Obama Administration has launched a 45 million dollar AIDS-HIV Awareness Campaign due to the 3 percent infection of the population of the Nation's Capital. This three percent figure has Black Males in the 6.5 percent catagory and Black Women approaching 2.6 percent. The CDC is wanting more testing as they now admit that previous figures have been inaccurate and they really do not know the exact number of people infected with HIV and the AIDS virus. As the results become known, there will be a reduction in the gains that have been made by the Gay Community.....

ed,vancouver canada   April 14th, 2009 4:16 am ET

noah loaded all gay animals on the ark.
it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
the earth perished.
the ark unloaded with natures finest,hand picked by noah.
20 years later,there were no more animals.
noah was absent on reproduction day at school.

Rose   April 14th, 2009 10:16 am ET

With the world's population exploding, the last problem we have to worry about is reproduction. For all those who believe that the bible is true and take it literally (enough to condemn those who are gay or "different" according to them), please check out the following:

– The story of Noah was taken from the Epic of Gilgamesh – in which Gilgamesh is told by God to build and place animals in an ark before a great flood etc. It's the same story – Pre-dates the Noah story by thousands of years. Originated in Mesopotamia.
– The story of Moses was taken from the Legend of King Sargon of Akkad, where Sargon was placed in a basket on the river and grew up to be king etc. Pre-dates the Moses story by thousands of years. Originated in Mesopotamia.
– The story of Jesus was taken from a number of sources, mainly Mithraism. Mithra was part human, part divine, was born of a virgin on Dec 25th, died for the sins of man, rose from the dead, went to hell for 3 days and then up to heaven. Sound familiar? Mithra originated in Persia and Pre-dates Jesus by thousands of year. It was a popular religion in areas where Christianity spread. In fact, the Vatican is built on top of a temple for Mithra.

There are too many other stories plagarized in the bible to get into here. My point is that it is wrong to condemn certain people based on a book of fairy tales. It is neither moral nor ethical nor just.

hugh ~ california   April 14th, 2009 1:39 pm ET

I'm not a poet or claim to be one, and I've read all the Gospels. Jesus would expect much more from Christians besides fire and brimstone! Homophobic Christian gay-bashers have found a convenience place to unload all the anger and hate they have built up inside with their souls. The love of Jesus is absent in this kind of behavior. Hate and ridicule does not produce anything Christ-like; unfortunately, these "believers" who claim they are followers of Christ are more like dry empty vessels, or lamps that do not emit light. Dark, cold and devoid of warmth.

Rose   April 14th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

Right on Hugh! The injustice of taking personal religious beliefs and enforcing it as law in America is not acceptable. This applies to anything from curbing stem cell research to extending full rights to gay people. The religious right wing found the Republican party far too willing to accommodating them in ensuring other citizens rights to better health via stem cell research or rights to benefits for same sex couples would be denied.

The love of Jesus is more than absent. He spoke up for the disenfranchised. Everyone is entitled to their own religious beliefs – but not entitled to use those beliefs to deny others their political and social rights via abuse of our political system.

hugh ~ california   April 14th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

@ Rose,
Fight the good fight Rose, I'm with you on this one. Here's a quote from a famous man who was never shy to speak his mind.

"It (the Bible) is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies."
–Samuel Clemens (aka) Mark Twain

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