It ‘s fair to say that as a party, republicans by and large do not support equal rights for LGBT men and women. This includes efforts made in congress to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the refusal to make laws like ENDA (Employee Non-Discrimination Act) that would protect and provide job security for LGBT in the workforce, as well as gay marriage rights. Just this week republicans as a party reaffirmed that their stance of marriage being only between a man and a woman. But not ALL republicans feel this way.
More and more republicans are donating for same sex marriage. Billionaire Paul E. Singer has been a strong financial supporter by giving millions to the Romney presidential campaign, which is in contrast to his long support of same sex marriage. Singer has a son who’s gay and wants to ensure that he is treated equally as well with the same rights as every other citizen of this country and last year donated 10 million to the New York campaign for marriage equality that was successful. Singer has given over 1 million to Freedom To Marry, a bipartarisan group, as well as another million Republican super PAC named American Unity PAC aimed at marriage equality.
Jerry Sanders, Republican Mayor of San Diego, teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom To Marry and will be a spokesman in an ad running during the Republican National Convention next week In Tampa . Here’s part of what Sanders has to say:
“In 2007, I announced my support for marriage equality for two reasons: family and freedom,” Sanders says in the ad. “As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government. Our party is changing on this issue thanks to leaders like Dick and Lynn Cheney, Laura Bush, (prominent Republican attorney) Ted Olson and Cindy McCain. Marriage strengthens families and we need more of that in this country not less. Please join us.””
But is Singer helping his son and other LGBT when he’s funding Romney, who since his nomination as the GOP presidential candidate does not support marriage equality have equal rights for his son? With republicans making such a strong statement opposing same sex marriage, is that counterproductive to his son’s and the rest of us LGBT? Just a thought for discussion.