Over the past year we have seen a true evolution of beliefs in this country as it relates to equality and gay rights. If you remember after President Obama was reelected McCain expressed how the republican party needs to open their eyes about gay rights and in particular marriage equality. But that support has to be taxing when the vast majority vehemently opposes anything that has to do with equal rights for the LGBT community. Here’s more:
The MSNBC contributor and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a longtime supporter of marriage equality. McCain joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership in November 2012.
In May 2012, McCain questioned the sincerity of President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage. In an op-ed for the Daily Beast, McCain claimed that “talk was cheap during election season” and true support would include backing legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost to Obama, McCain said she would consider switching parties if the GOP failed to change some of its stances.
This makes one wonder if the reason that more members of the republican party are not vocal in their support for gay rights as a result of the backlash that would ensue afterword. We’ve seen how easily they’ve turned on Rob Portman after he publicly changed his stance on same sex marriage because he has a son who is gay.
Is that what it will take for more republicans to evolve on gay rights? Is the only way that they will see the error in their ways is if they have a family member that is LGBT? Maybe. But it would be nice if they supported our rights not only because they know someone effected by it personally but also because it’s the right, humane thing to do.