The Gay Republican Split

What Exactly Do Gay Conservatives Stand For?

3215690244_9567bc60b3Like the Republican party at large, this week the gay conservative movement in the U.S. officially divorced itself from the more moderate wing of the party. Former Log Cabin Republican political director Christopher Barron and GayPatriot blogger Bruce Carroll are among the leadership of the new group, which believes that the Log Cabin Republicans are essentially a left-wing organization, especially after the recent revelation that the group is funded by Democrat Tim Gill. We wish the new group the best of luck, but after browsing the world of the conservative gay intertubes for whole hours, for the life of us, we can’t figure out what exactly gay conservatives stand for.

For the most part, GOProud appears to exist solely as a protest against the Log Cabin Republicans. Carroll writes that the main reason for GOProud’s creation is:

“LCR’s silence and unwillingness to stand up and be vocal on true gay conservative issues (outing of Republican staffers, increasing threat of gays being selectively aborted, peril gays face by Islamic extremists) has been mind-boggling. And LCR’s continued obsession in trashing Republicans, yet letting Democrats get a pass on their gay-related hypocrisies, has been infuriating.”

Presumably they’re against the outing of Republican staffers and the “increasing threat of gays being selectively aborted”, but I’m assuming they aren’t for gays being placed into peril.

If the Republican party has been branded the party of “no”, GOProud, thus far, seems to be the extremist wacko version of contrariness for its own sake. While we get that these conservatives are pissed off that LCR has moved to the left (last time we checked, they endorsed McCain) and as Carrol says, “there’s no voice for gay Republicans or gay conservatives in particular in D.C. right now.” However, it seems that gay conservatives have no issues of their own, just the desire to stand in opposition to the Democrats just for the principle of the thing.

We’re very confused about the whole thing, really. GOProud obviously is meant to signal some sort of rebirth of gay conservatism, but thus far, these are the only issues that we’ve heard discussed:

Spreading conservative values to gays.

We’ll start with the most plausible option- that GOProud wants to sell the gay and lesbian community on kitchen sink conservative values. The problem with this is that much of the conservative platform is anathema to living your life openly. When it comes to social conservative issues, it seems impossible to for instance, turn the planks that marriage should be between a man and a woman or that faith-based groups ought to be free to determine who they provide their public services into something palatable to gays and lesbians. In fact, in doing so, they would risk turning into the Log Cabin Republicans, right?

Now, there are a host of other issues– gun control, various libertarian stances and fiscal conservatism that have no direct effect on LGBT rights, however, thus far, this doesn’t seem to be a pressing priority for the new group.

Protecting Republicans from being outed.

An issue the cons care about deeply is what they perceive as a witch hunt to out Republicans. Of course, if someone votes on an issue that denies LGBT rights and they themselves are gay or lesbian, that seems like the sort of information a voter ought to be entitled to. Ironically, many of the commenters simultaneously decry GOP outings while calling for more outings of Democrats. See why we’re confused?

not_gay_gopThe prospect of genetic manipulation to get rid of gays.

It’s strange that this is such a prominent issue for gay conservatives– or it would be if it weren’t such a transparent Rovian argument against abortion. The idea here is that sometime in the near future the gay gene will be able to be switched off during gestation, ridding the world of gays forever– and to protect that from ever happening, gays and lesbians must support a right to life. It’s an argument based more in logic than any actual on the ground facts– there’s no indication Gattacca is coming anytime soon.

Serving as a counterweight to liberal gays.

This is something we can get behind, in theory. Traditional left-wing gay rights group like HRC are not immune to mission creep and ideology trumping what’s best for the gay community at large and one of the things we do here at Queerty is stay resolutely skeptical of the Democratic party, which for the most part, has offered little more than lip service to the gay community.

However, good intentions aside, GOProud thus far doesn’t seem like much more than an organized hissy fit. Gays and lesbians are certainly in search of new political solutions, but when the biggest argument you have to justify your existence is that someone needs to watch out for the “increasing threat of gays being selectively aborted”, we can’t help but feel that GOProud is less a political action group looking to fight for gay rights on conservative grounds and more a support group for disaffected gays, finding themselves deeper and deeper in the political wilderness.