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Republican memo in support of marriage equality

8:34 pm - 05/12/2012
Former President George W. Bush's pollster for his 2004 re-election, Jan van Lohuizen, has put out a memo to Republican operatives suggesting a shift in the way the GOP discusses same-sex marriage, a piece flagged by Jonathan Martin.

It notes what recent same-sex marriage surveys have found, which is a change in public support "at an accelerated rate with no sign of slowing down."

It adds, "The increase in support is taking place among all partisan groups. While more Democrats support gay marriage than Republicans, support levels among Republicans are increasing over time. The same is true of age: younger people support same sex marriage more often than older people, but the trends show that all age groups are rethinking their position."

And it notes that people's attitudes have moved within the GOP on whether to provide "basic legal" protections to gay people, with a proposed shift in language about understanding rights.

The full memo is after the jump.

Memorandum

From: Jan R. van Lohuizen

Date: 05/11/12

Re: Same Sex Marriage

Background: in view of this week’s news on the same sex marriage issue, here is a summary of recent survey findings on same sex marriage:

a. Support for same sex marriage has been growing and in the last few years support has grown at an accelerated rate with no sign of slowing down. A review of public polling shows that up to 2009 support for gay marriage increased at a rate of 1% a year. Starting in 2010 the change in the level of support accelerated to 5% a year. The most recent public polling shows supporters of gay marriage outnumber opponents by a margin of roughly 10% (for instance: NBC / WSJ poll in February / March: support 49%, oppose 40%).

b. The increase in support is taking place among all partisan groups. While more Democrats support gay marriage than Republicans, support levels among Republicans are increasing over time. The same is true of age: younger people support same sex marriage more often than older people, but the trends show that all age groups are rethinking their position.

c. Polling conducted among Republicans show that majorities of Republicans and Republican leaning voters support extending basic legal protections to gays and lesbians. These include majority Republican support for:

d. Protecting gays and lesbians against being fired for reasons of sexual orientation

e. Protections against bullying and harassment

f. Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

g. Right to visit partners in hospitals

h. Protecting partners against loss of home in case of severe medical emergencies or death

i. Legal protection in some form for gay couples whether it be same sex marriage or domestic partnership (only 29% of Republicans oppose legal recognition in any form).

Recommendation: A statement reflecting recent developments on this issue along the following lines:

“People who believe in equality under the law as a fundamental principle, as I do, will agree that this principle extends to gay and lesbian couples; gay and lesbian couples should not face discrimination and their relationship should be protected under the law. People who disagree on the fundamental nature of marriage can agree, at the same time, that gays and lesbians should receive essential rights and protections such as hospital visitation, adoption rights, and health and death benefits.

Other thoughts / Q&A:

Follow up to questions about affirmative action: “This is not about giving anyone extra protections or privileges, this is about making sure that everyone – regardless of sexual orientation – is provided the same protections against discrimination that you and I enjoy.”

Why public attitudes might be changing: “As more people have become aware of friends and family members who are gay, attitudes have begun to shift at an accelerated pace. This is not about a generational shift in attitudes, this is about people changing their thinking as they recognize their friends and family members who are gay or lesbian.”

Conservative fundamentals: “As people who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government."

Source.
erunamiryene 13th-May-2012 02:16 am (UTC)
OMG TRAITOR! BRAINWASHED BY THE LAMESTREAM MEDIA! TREASON! OFF WITH HIS HEAD! BURN HIM AT THE STAKE!
kyra_neko_rei 13th-May-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Either that or "See, gays and gay supporters, we're totally not homophobic! You have no reason not to vote for us now, and watch us tell you so in a series of condescending speeches that vastly ignore your actual priorities."
alierakieron 13th-May-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Has anyone broken out the "big tent" line yet?
kaowolfie 13th-May-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I dunno, have the Log Cabin Republicans been asked their opinion on this memo?
erunamiryene 13th-May-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Right?

Although, in the interest of fairness, the GOP ignores EVERYONE'S actual priorities.
thenakedcat 13th-May-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Unless you're a rabid anti-abortion activist with no respect for life outside of the uterus. THOSE people are getting their priorities hand-delivered on a silver platter.
erunamiryene 13th-May-2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Sadly true. :/
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