musclmed saidBarry Goldwater
“It’s time America realized that there is no gay exemption in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.”
"You don't need to be straight to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight."
He said these things when most here were in diapers and before I was born. Way before many Democrats even took up the issue.
Every party has many different points of view. Barry Goldwater was the linchpin to republican movement in the 70's and 80's.
I find it interesting that people talk about party back and forth backbitting. It exists in every party.
in 2008, no on Prop 8 was deleted from the democratic advertising to ensure Obamas victory in California. Mysteriously absent from Obama California rallies was support for opposing 8.
I guess if it makes people feel better you can blame all your problems on evil republicans.
Goldwater didn't become a pro-gay advocate until the 1990's - NOT before you were born.
And NOT before the Democrats "took up the issue".
AND his views were strongly rejected by the Republican party.
You can't rewrite history and try to spin away the anti-gay agenda of the Republican party.
There are a few voices in the wilderness calling for a more pro-gay Republican party.
But, they're vastly outnumbered - and powerless to control or impact the platform of the Republican party.