Earlier this week, a reader sent me Ben Smith’s Politico post on what he deemed, “The Gay Republican tide“. I found the blogger’s word choice interesting:
This year’s iconic Conservative Political Action Conference was beset by controversy over the inclusion of a gay Republican group — but that was just the start of gay demands for acceptance in the broader conservative moment, according to an OUT story calculated to inflame social conservatives:
Emphasis added. Granted Smith may have penned this post in a rush, as we bloggers often do. That said, as is, his word choice suggests that gay Republicans have adopted a confrontational tone with the GOP. That may have been true in Log Cabin’s early years, but today, we’re not so much demanding acceptance as finding a welcome.
Yeah, there still remain social conservatives loath to include us in conservative conclaves, but, by and large, we’ve found a welcome. Conservatives today are more concerned with the size of government than they are with the private lives of individuals — and pretty much have been for the past forty years, only the media do seem to dwell on the presence of religious conservatives in the movement as if said indviduals define it, rather than represent one aspect of it.