Given the particular niche we have found in the blogosophere, Bruce’s post two weeks ago inquiring into the conservative homosexual agenda may well rank as one of the most important pieces we have published. Or maybe I’m just saying that because it’s something I’ve thought about for as long as I’ve accepted my sexual orientation.
Indeed, the one thing which has most troubled me about Log Cabin is that on nearly every gay issue, they seem to take the exact same position as the other gay organizations, almost all of whom have allied themselves with various left-wing and liberal groups in the political arena. The leadership of that ostensibly Republican organization rarely seems to ask if those policies are consistent with conservative principles.
To be sure, there have been exceptions when Log Cabin took a stand on issues at odds with that of the gay groups, notably in 2005 when it joined in an alliance with conservative groups supporting the president’s plan to reform Social Security. They made the argument that the proposed reforms would give gay people greater freedom to allocate their own benefits, thus bypassing federal laws preventing an individual from designating a beneficiary, allowing only a spouse to receive those benefits.
Yesterday, as I was working on my post on how gun control harms gay people, I recalled Log Cabin’s support of Social Security reform and realized the common feature of these ideas was that they represented policy proposals which, while not specifically targeted to gay people, offered reforms which did indeed help gay people.
Moreover, these changes are consistent with conservative ideas, particularly in furthering freedom. They don’t just benefit gay people. They benefit society at large. As Glenn Reynolds noted in linking my piece on gun control, it’s not just bad for gays, “It’s bad for everybody. Except criminals.”
So, after repealing discriminatory laws (e.g., the ban on gays serving openly in the military) and achieving some kind of state recognition of our relationships, the gay conservative agenda would be a particularly conservative one, supporting (as Log Cabin did with Social Security reforms) policies which do not specifically benefit gays, but which expand freedom thus making it easier for us to address problems peculiar to us as individuals.