Ed Gillespie on Civil Rights
Warner switched his position to endorse gay marriage in March 2013.
He reminded the audience that for a time in the early 2000s, the GOP "increased its share of the black vote" slightly, though "it's kind of pathetic to be bragging" about going from 9% to 11% support. In the past two elections, however, the GOP has floundered with minority voters. "I think we can increase our share of the African-American vote in the midterm elections. I believe we definitely can, and certainly in the next presidential election," the Senate candidate said. "And we've got to."
Still, Gillespie has said that it is unfair to call the GOP anti-LGBT because while most Republicans support marriage inequality, many "are also for the benefits of marriage in the legal system that are afforded protections like, for example, hospital visitation rights or survivorship benefits."
The media were cynical. My friend Kevin Merida of the "Washington Post" said he couldn't help notice the abundance of blacks on stage but the dearth of them on the convention floor where the delegates were seated.
"If you're accusing us of reaching out to minority voters, guilty as charged," I said. "If black voters come away from this convention with the sense they are welcome in the Republican Party, we will have been successful."
In the long term, I suspect supporters of gay marriage may gain control in the public arena, while supporters of abortion on demand without limits will lose ground. But to the extent courts encroach on the proper venue for policy-making, any ability to affect direction will be denied the citizens of this country.
We cannot allow tolerance to be redefined as having to agree with one another on every issue. The 86 senators who voted in 1996 to allow states to decide for themselves whether they will recognize gay marriage rather than having that decision imposed upon them by another state's activist supreme court are not "gay bashers."
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