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04/28/2009

FRC: Finally Relinquishing Conceit?

by Jeremy Hooper

We never thought we'd see a day when the Family Research Council seemed to be conceding (a) that they don't know everything about the GOP's direction, (b) that unfavorable polling is actually accurate, and (c) that young people are makably going against their anti-gay work. But in a new post about gay-favorable poll numbers and gay-positive Republicans like Steve Schmidt, FRC writer Timothy Potter genuinely seems to be ceding some of this ground:

1. Steve Schmidt isn’t the head of the GOP. But I don’t doubt that there are others in the GOP establishment who think like him, and I don’t care. The GOP should do what it thinks is best for itself. I don’t think abandoning a third of your base is necessarily a good idea, but I have been wrong before.

2. The polling doesn’t look good. It seems to agree with all of the other polling I have seen on this subject. It also reflects the anecdotal evidence I have seen around me. While working at the FRC Action booth at CPAC I was approached by several young people who talked to me about the pro-life work that we were doing, but that they didn’t agree with our stance on marriage–gay marriage to be specific.
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These young people have grown up in a time when marriage didn’t mean what we would like it to mean. Divorce was rampant and still is even among the churched. The idea of marriage changed. I have seen it argued that gay marriage will actually help marriage. That somehow by allowing gay men and lesbians to marry, marriage will be returned to its proper role in society. I personally don’t think that will happen. I don’t really know what will happen. I just know that the institution of marriage is damaged. I do not believe that it is irrevocably damaged and I think we need to start in our own community to reclaim what has been lost.

More on Gay Marriage [FRC Cloakroom Blog]

Now, this is of course only one person's opinion. Plus, all of Mr. Potter's concessions come with caveats, snark, or "yea, buts." So it's not as if we're a simple hop-skip-hump maneuver from seeing Tony Perkins wearing assless chaps and a feather boa on a garish pride float.

However, considering that this is an organization that's so feet-draggy about gays and their deserved rights that their shoes are now as sole-less as some forms of extreme anti-gay bigotry are soulless, it's nice to know that they can at least perceive the pro-equality wall-writing, even if they still reject it.

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Your thoughts

"So it's not as if we're a simple hop-skip-hump maneuver from seeing Tony Perkins wearing assless chaps and a feather boa on a garish pride float."

There's always PhotoShop! I also like the idea of seeing Antonin Scalia's bare ass doing a busty hooker doggy style in a seedy hotel.. but, obviously for more politically motivated (impeachable) reasons, and I am still holding out hope.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Apr 28, 2009 7:17:07 PM

Knowing these people, this will translate into them upping the ante so things will be harder for us to undo later.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Apr 28, 2009 8:51:33 PM

Well they're running out of options, politically.

But I do think that as they lose political power, we will see scarier stuff on the ground.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 28, 2009 8:57:14 PM

We are being delivered our fair standing in society before our eyes. I've waited for this group of days all of my life. And the FRC can take their begrudging acceptance of what's coming and shove it.

Posted by: Bruno | Apr 28, 2009 9:00:17 PM

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