MrJames saidThere are plenty of gay Republicans out there. I am one of many in Chicago and am also a board member of the Chicago chapter of Log Cabin.
The Republican party is pretty much in pieces right now. Moderates and conservatives in the party are fighting over which direction to take the party. I am of the belief that the party should be more centrist and welcoming to minorities of all kind. I dream of a day when my orientation can be irrelevant in terms of politics.
This is a great time for everyone to get involved in the Republican party to reshape its message. I think many more gay men and women could find a home in it if it weren't backwards in terms of social values.
Hi, Mr. James:
In your experience, are the quieter straight republicans you associate with generally accepting of you as an equal and supportive of gay civil and human rights?
Without wanting to sound antagonistic, I honestly look at the GOP and its crop of up and comers like Palin, Jindal, Huckabee, Giulliani and (God help us!) Gingrich, Sanford and DeMint, not to mention the party's public voices in Limbaugh, Hannity, Colter, Beck, etc., and I see an asylum. It strikes me as very doubtful that the America they would create, given the opportunity, would be a very pleasant place to live.
Can you offer me any ray of hope that the GOP could turn into the kind of more reasonable and moderate centrist party you suggested?