Log Cabin Republicans and other LGBT conservative groups were dismayed last week after the strong anti-gay stance against same sex marriage during the republican national convention this week. But now feeling re-energized these LGBT conservatives are ready to oppose their party and support same sex marriage rights during their party’s RNC this week.
Newly formed group Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry are running a full page ad in the Tampa Tribune calling for marriage equality. The ad features same sex couples with their families, smiling, laughing, to show theat everyone deserves to marry and treated equally. Overall, the ad seems to align with the core values of the republican party and the belief in marriage equality is for everyone.
The first section of the ad displays a quote from Tony Perkins, leader of the FRC (Family Research Council) , who says he helped pen the first draft of the strong anti-gay language used in the draft for the republican National Convention being held this week. This is a response to the overall negative and anti-gay stance the Republican Party is expressing during the RNC this week. Here it is:
“The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. its success as an institution will determine our success as a society.”
What they left out between those quotes is who Perkin’s or whoever wrote the draft went on a tirade about marriage being between a man and a woman and wanting to create laws that would require LGBT in the military to go back into the closet, but I digress. Here’s what their answer to Perkin’s position listed on the bottom of the ad:
“That’s why Log Cabin Republicans and Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry believe that the government should stop denying marriage licenses to committed gay and lesbian couples. As conservatives, we believe that the freedom to marry isdirectly in line with the core ideals and principles of the Republican Party—less government, more individual freedom, personal responsibility and the importance of family. Family Values Means Valuing ALL Families”
The ad was paid for by The Log Cabin Rupublicans and Freedom To Marry. Tomorrow the Log Cabin Republicans and the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will be hosting a brunch at the convention that will feature a political strategist speakers as well. A drafter of the ad, Sara Longwell, feels that picking apart Perkin’s message is okay because he got some parts right? Yeah, I don’t get that either so read what she had to say:
“We took out the ad because we believe marriage is an important institution. In fact it’s so vital we want to help strengthen it. Tony Perkins is right — he’s just not right about excluding us.”
Okay I understand that they’re trying to turn a negative into a positive and I hope that their message for equality reaches other conservatives. But instead of them passively aggressively rewording asinine quotes from their leaders, how about you directly in a calm manner tell them what they’re doing is wrong? Ask them why they aren’t for equality and what you believe the equality stands for.