Addressing the contention some gay liberals that “gay people cannot be conservative”, Naamloos wonders at their assumption “that since liberals are more supportive of gay rights than conservatives, that gays should be liberal and conservative gays are self-loathing,” faulting them for making “a flawed assumption“:
And that assumption is that gay people are one-dimensional, or that they have no other qualities, or perhaps their sexual orientation is the most important aspect of them. While that may be true for some people, it certainly isn’t for others. For them, it seems, gay rights issues trump all others. So, it follows that, since liberals are better on gay rights issues, it doesn’t make any sense for a gay person not to be a liberal.
I would build on his description of this “flawed assumption,” adding that those who assume gays can neither be conservative nor support the Republican Party without hating themselves also have other concerns besides gay rights (as defined by the various left-leaning “equality” groups headquartered in our nation’s capital).
We believe that conservative policies better respect the separation of powers as set forth in the federal constitution (and elucidated in the Federalist) — and better provides for the common defense. Not just that, we believe the big government approach favored by the Democrats serves to limit our freedom, reducing opportunities for all Americans, particularly those, such as gay people, who differ from the societal norm.
The freer the market, we believe, the better private institutions can address social change — as we have seen private companies react rather quickly to the increasing social acceptance of gay people by offering benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of employees. In short, we don’t accept the notion that government action is the best way to help the economy or to allow individuals the opportunities to pursue their happiness as they see fit.
Simply put, as Naamloos expressed in his post, gay issues aren’t the only ones of concern to us. And to be sure, we do appreciate that Democrats (as a whole) have done a better job on certain issues of concern to gay people (namely repeal of DADT).
That, however, doesn’t make up for the fact that on nearly every other issue where the parties lock horns, we believe Republicans have a better approach than Democrats. We just can’t support a party because they vote with us on a handful of issues while voting against our interests the remaining 80 or 90 percent of the time.