He’s absolutely spot-on about the Republican Party and not hating the gays.
Kudos to him for speaking up while so many others don’t have the cojones to do so.
Here’s a bit of it:
Before this most recent Election Day, I believed that while gay marriage is an important issue, most people vote with their pocketbooks first. Logically, the Romney/Ryan ticket would have broad appeal, especially in this time of economic malaise. Mitt Romney, the turnaround artist, was a man uniquely created and placed here for this time in history.
Our country is shifting center/left on social issues. I miscalculated, and so did many others, by believing that when the ship is sinking social issues become less important.
I also wonder exactly what we are fighting so hard to preserve. I’ve been pro-gay marriage for years but also respect that the original basis for marriage came from religious orthodoxy. Every day, I feel blessed to be married to my wife and our marriage grows stronger each year. But exactly how would that change if two men or two women held the same societal status?
The legalization of gay marriage wouldn’t force churches that disagree with homosexuality to perform marriage ceremonies or infringe on the rights of heterosexual couples.
I see this election as a chance for the GOP to reform socially by listening to the American people and coming back better than ever. The 2016 bench is quite strong and gives all conservatives a reason to be hopeful into the future. Until then, if you need me, I’ll be working on my homemade Rubio 2016 yard sign.
Click here to read the entire thing.
The sentiment of what he wrote will be good for those who read it. Glad to see him point out that being a single issue voter is silly. Unfortunately for Cummings, talk is cheap. Anybody can say they don’t hate the gays.
It’s time for people like Cummings to put their money where their mouths are. Supporting and promoting people like Damon Thayer, Andy Barr and Herman Cain won’t cut it. Doing so because they’re supportive of expanded gambling or some random fiscal policy one enjoys is silly and hypocritical.
If one can’t stand up to people like Damon Thayer for his discriminatory voting history and the policies he routinely and hypocritically pushes for fear of ruffling feathers, their words fall on deaf ears.
Until people practice what they preach on this front (I’m looking at these people: Holly Harris, Steve Robertson, Brad Cummings, Julie Raque Adams, Steve Beshear, Ben Chandler, Greg Stumbo, Jonathan Hurst)? Then the Jeff Hoovers and Jim DeCesares of the world will routinely morph from professed common sensers to bigots pandering for votes every election cycle.
It’s 2012. Not the 1950s or 1960s, as Cummings points out in his letter. So there’s no reason to play soft with your friends just because they support gambling or cutting taxes. The only people Republicans have to be soft with are those so far to the right they have low IQs and firmly believe Barack Obama is a Muslim terrorist.
If you value your tax rate more than your neighbor’s right not to be kicked out of their home, not to be fired from their job, not to be prohibited from seeing their partner as they die in a hospital, not to lose out of their partner’s assets when they die? Solely because of their sexual orientation? Then you need to reevaluate your priorities. If your priorities are in check and you’re afraid to point out when your friends continually promote bigotry? Don’t act surprised when people roll their eyes.
There is no excuse for complacency.