View Full Version : Republicans Quietly Tap Lobbyists for Shift on Homosexual "Marriage"

08-01-2014, 02:36 AM
Selling out the base....


While no progressive could be blamed for thinking that the Grand Old Party is far from changing its tune on gay rights issues, apparently it's happening. While marriage equality has gained traction amongst the majority of Americans, Republicans are quietly turning to K Street lobbying firms to help them shift their stances.

Formally, a majority of Republicans in Congress oppose marriage equality. The party platform even specifically speaks to the Republican goal of "preserving traditional marriage." The problem is, a majority of Americans no longer see same-sex marriage as a moral oxymoron. Whether for reasons of political pragmatism or because of personal connections to the LGBT community (such as siblings or children), there are now a growing number of GOP politicians breaking off from the official party doctrine. Eight Republicans in Congress support marriage equality, four per chamber. As more and more Republicans seem to realise the writing is on the wall, they've turned to lobbyists to help them in marketing their shifting stances.

Lobbyists like Kathryn Lehman. Lehman is a top Republican lobbyist. If her name is familiar to you at all, it's probably not for a good reason. You see, Lehmen actually helped to write the Defense of Marriage Act, back when she was employed on Capitol Hill itself. She's made her own shift. Now she is actively lobbying around fifty GOP politicians to support marriage equality, support transgender rights, and pass a federal non-discrimination act.

And she's hardly alone. There's even former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who is now actively trying to get conservatives onboard. For Mehlman the issue of gay rights is aligned with conservative principles.

We're also trying to protect a party that we care a lot about. There has been societal change. Any political party that ignores societal change does so at its own peril. As conservatives, we don't have to ignore it. There is a strong conservative argument for safe schools, for civil marriage, merit-based decisions at work...