On Sunday, when I was celebrating Gay Pride in West Hollywood and relaxing with a friend at Universal Studios in the Valley, gay voices in the blogosphere (and on Facebook) were abuzz about Frank Bruni’s New York Times Op-Ed “The G.O.P.’s Gay Trajectory” which focused on a billionaire hedge fund manager Paul E. Singer’s new American Unity PAC, whose “sole mission will be to encourage Republican candidates to support same-sex marriage, in part by helping them to feel financially shielded from any blowback from well-funded groups that oppose it.”
What struck me about the piece was that Bruni gave Singer the last word, putting forward a notion which is only now gaining currency:
One Republican who unequivocally opposes marriage equality [sic]* is the man Singer backs for president: Mitt Romney. Does that trouble Singer?
“I feel very strongly that Obama needs to be fired, and that the Republicans are right on most things,” he said, adding that with continued work on marriage equality [sic], he expects to persuade more Republicans of its rightness, too.
“I think it would be naïve of me to take this issue and just upend everything else I believe,” he said. “Because I think we’re making progress.”
Emphasis added. This is what I have been hearing gay Republicans say for as long as I have been out as a gay Republican, that we continue to support the GOP because overall even as we disagree with our party on some issues.
Until recently, we have regretted that there has been no national organization making that simply point clearly. Things seem to have changed when GOProud set up shop. Even Log Cabin now is beginning to sound like Paul Singer.
*By my count, Bruni used the troublesome expression, “marriage equality,” twelve times (including once when quoting the head of HRC), but never once quotes Mr. Singer using the term.
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