In his must-read piece (if you want to understand how some Christian conservatives are dealing with openly gay Republicans), on Why Right Wing News Is Sponsoring Homocon, John Hawkins gets at the attitude of an increasingly number of social conservatives, tolerance, if not welcoming, of gay Republicans despite their qualms about homosexual behavior.
His piece merits your time as well as your serious consideration. One reason I blog at RWN, that I have chosen to be openly gay in conservative circles is that I wish to challenge some of the stereotypes (and prejudices) that still exist on the right about gay people. That many conservatives are willing to engage a gay man suggests they are not as narrow-minded or hateful as some on the left might suggest. And that they listen suggests that, given time and good arguments, they might come to change their minds
That they see our commitment to conservative ideas often causes them to reconsider their attitudes toward gay people, no longer seeing the gay community as a monolith. To that end, John writes,
Now unlike the Log Cabin Republicans, GOProud, is a genuinely conservative group. Yes, most of the members probably agree with the Log Cabin Republicans on gay issues. However, they genuinely believe that gay conservatives should have an agenda that goes way beyond their sexual orientation
In his conclusion, he adds:
. . . no matter what your race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation may be, you should be welcomed into the Republican Party and the conservative movement. If there are people who don’t agree with that, if there are people who think a gay conservative or a gay Republican is a contradiction of terms, then we’re just never going to see eye-to-eye.
Let me repeat: read the whole thing. This is not to say that I agree with everything he says, but he makes a very important contribution to the conversation on including gay conservatives in the GOP.
*. . . in the conservative movement — and on right-of-center websites.