Ignore Meghan McCain on gay marriage at your peril, G.O.P.

by CynthiaYockey on April 13, 2009

On my daily rounds I came across one or two blogs denouncing Meghan McCain, which is not unusual, but somehow my curiosity was piqued. Anyway, I clicked through on the links and found — you are shocked, I’m sure — that I am delighted with Ms. McCain’s explanation of why she supports gay marriage and why she is speaking at the annual convention of the gay and lesbian organization, Log Cabin Republicans here.

Her piece has a startling fact about Ronald Reagan’s role in the founding of the Log Cabin Republicans and is worth reading. I think I am going to like this strong-willed young woman, who — wisely and properly, in my opinion — admonishes her elders thusly:

If you think certain rights should not apply to certain people, then you are saying those people are not equal. People may always have a difference of opinion on certain lifestyles, but championing a position that wants to treat people unequally isn’t just un-Republican. At its fundamental core, it’s un-American.

At the end of the day, speaking at the Log Cabin Republicans’ convention isn’t just about reaching out to the gay community-although I believe doing so is vital to the future success of the party. It’s also about reaching a wider base and redefining what it means to be Republican, and leaving labels, stereotypes, and negativity by the wayside. That more and more people are discussing gay rights speaks positively for the millions of young and progressive Republicans waiting for our party to return to its roots. Personal freedoms are what makes this country the greatest country in the world. And just like the civil-rights and feminist movements before this, the movement toward gay equality and gay marriage is one I have absolute faith will triumph over prejudices. Moreover, I believe the Republican Party has, at this moment, the opportunity to come forward and play an instrumental role in securing gay rights. That’s why I’m speaking at the Log Cabin convention and couldn’t be prouder to be doing so. And yes, I’m still a Republican. Get used to it.

I added the bold-facing.

Tammy Bruce points out that it is Republican and fiscal conservative lesbians, gays and blacks who can go to these — our — victim identity groups and have the credibility to break the chains liberals have put on them and empower them to freedom. I plan on doing my part to help with lesbians and gays. I know Zo is doing his part to reach African-Americans.

As the Tea Parties attest, we are fighting for the economic life of the United States. Lesbians and gays are a highly entrepreneurial community and therefore are the natural constituency of fiscal conservatism and belong in the Republican party. For heaven’s sakes, gays are fighting for marriage — a conservative value — to adopt children — a conservative value — and to serve our country — a conservative value.

Out of respect for my Christian readers and the seriousness of the holidays of Good Friday and Easter, I held back a couple of LOLcelebs photos I found on Friday, but I can’t resist including them here:

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi
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George Takei
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