Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:46 PM
dlwickham (1,403 posts)
Jon Huntsman Backs Marriage Equality, Calls on GOP to Evolve
A prominent conservative voice and former presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, now backs marriage equality, he announced today in an editorial.
Headlined "Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause," the former Utah governor and failed Republican presidential candidate wrote in The American Conservative that "we need to take a hard look at what today’s conservatism stands for."
He called marriage equality "the right thing to do" and warned that Republicans will continue to lose national elections if the party doesn't evolve. "The American people will not hear us out if we stand against their friends, family, and individual liberty," he wrote.
"Marriage is not an issue that people rationalize through the abstract lens of the law; rather it is something understood emotionally through one’s own experience with family, neighbors, and friends," Huntsman wrote. "The party of Lincoln should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans."
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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:22 PM
sigmasix (794 posts)
2. should we?
should Americans reward those right wingers that display a willingness to renounce the most extreme portions of the right wing culture war?
I don't think this is enough- having a minimum level of liberties allowed for the "other" does not make Huntsman progressive or reasonable- it's just proof that republicans understand the reasons for the RNC's electoral failure. The Teabaggers have no interest in admitting that homophobia is destructive and unAmerican. Huntsman will not be successful in the republican party until he re-assures the base that he didn't REALLY mean this.