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The old guard GOP continues to show why they are a dying breed and will ultimately be extinct within the party. What this old independent conservative is really waiting for is Sarah Palin to make her position clear on gay rights in general, and her position on the repeal of DADT specifically.
The view of those vying for Chairmanship of The RNC as reported by TMP.
It seems increasingly clear that embracing some changes in the way gays and lesbians interact with society will be necessary for political viability in the future. That is, unless you're running to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee. At their debate yesterday, the major candidates running to lead the RNC through the 2012 presidential race pledged to hold the line on gay rights, expressing concern over the repeal of DADT and vowing to keep the Republican Party in the sanctity of marriage business.
I understand the definition of marriage has always been the union of a man and a women and in fact support maintaining the classical definition of marriage on philosophical and rational grounds. Words have meaning and should not be revised just to satisfy the whim of a minority.
Having said the forgoing: all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples must be afforded to couples of same sex unions. The nation at large still has a bit of a way to go. The RNC has an ocean to cross before it gets there, if it ever does.
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