A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and by David Lampo

By David Lampo

It really is an axiom of recent American politics that many Republicans and so much conservatives aren't merely anti-gay yet that they have got capitulated to an anti-gay time table formulated and pursued via the non secular correct for the earlier numerous a long time. In A basic Freedom, David Lampo makes the case that help for homosexual rights will supply long term political advantages for the GOP and the conservative circulation. He argues that an anti-gay time table succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of these who speak of constrained executive and person rights yet forget about either in terms of homosexual rights and different own freedom concerns. certainly, it's the defenders of homosexual rights inside Republican ranks who're protecting religion with center conservative rules. He additionally provides a number of polling information that convey that rank-and-file Republicans, together with many Tea get together supporters, are way more supportive of homosexual rights than in most cases presumed. Lampo’s name to embody homosexual rights is certain to be hotly debated in the conservative circulation.

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69 Even in conservative Texas, a strong majority of citizens support some form of legal recognition for gay couples (63 percent in a 2010 Texas Tribune poll),70 and yet some in the legislature still won’t accept the Court’s decision. Republicans in Texas and around the country would be wise not just to steer clear of this issue but also to reaffirm the fundamental libertarian belief in freedom by explicitly opposing sodomy laws and wiping them off the legislative books. Introduced by then Republican representative Bob Barr of Georgia, the bill was a response to a court decision in Hawaii declaring that state’s law against same-sex unions unconstitutional, generating uproar in Congress, particularly by those leading the charge against gay and lesbian rights.

Voters clearly support consigning sodomy laws to the dustbin of history. 65 Once the Lawrence v. ”67 It seemed the country had seen the end of these intrusive laws, especially with the stamp of approval from the US Supreme Court. Texas decision, and some of the thirteen states that had sodomy laws on the books at the time of the Court’s decision still have not repealed them. Perhaps no other issue better symbolizes contempt for the autonomy of free individuals on the part of some conservatives than this continued opposition to this fundamental human right.

The merits of such a bill will remain, however, and it will continue to be a centerpiece in the fight for equality at the federal level. A majority of Americans apparently agree with the aims of this bill. 27 Such majorities obviously include very substantial numbers of Republicans. Given the large majorities of adults in favor of other nondiscrimination measures protecting gay and lesbian Americans, one would be hard pressed to argue that substantial public opposition to federal tax equity for them exists.

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