On the abstraction notion of “gay rights” (turning to the government to craft gay-specific policies), the Democratic Party has long been superior to the GOP, but it terms of supporting a broad spectrum of policies which benefit gay individuals, the Republican Party is head and shoulders above the president’s party. Simply put, small government policies favor all Americans, including gay Americans.
We don’t need gay-specific legislation. We just need the government to stay out of our lives.
Less government intrusion in our lives means we have more freedom to direct our own lives. It means entrepreneurs, including gay and lesbian business owners, will find it easier to establish, maintain and build their enterprises. Individuals will have greater choices.
And not just gay- and lesbian-owned enterprises. We have seen how quickly private corporations have responded to social change, offering benefits to the same-sex partners of employees and adopting policies banning discrimination in their workplaces.
Today, our friend Jimmy LaSalvia, the Executive Director of GOProud, takes up that theme in a piece at the Daily Caller, arguing that gay Americans should vote for Mitt Romney:
Governor Romney supports cutting taxes for middle-income Americans and simplifying our overly complex tax code. Unlike President Obama, Governor Romney understands that the last thing we need in this troubled economic environment is higher taxes.
Romney has a plan to make American companies more competitive by lowering corporate tax rates, opening new markets to U.S. goods through new free trade agreements and reducing bureaucratic red tape by eliminating unnecessary and unworkable federal regulations.
Gay Americans, like all Americans, are suffering under Obama’s big government policies. Drive along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and note the number of storefronts with “For Rent” or “Available” signs decorating their otherwise empty display windows.
How many gay-owned businesses have gone under because the cost to comply with federal regulations was too great for hard-working entrepreneurs? Mitt Romney knows what it’s like to build and sustain and enterprise. His policies will help remove the barriers to entry that now make it difficult for creative individuals with a good idea and a little bit of capital to turn that idea into a business — allowing them to realize their dream while creating jobs for others.
*Indeed for all Americans.