The Republican Party’s commitment to tone down its rhetoric on LGBT issues has social conservatives concerned. Last month, prominent leaders like Mike Huckabee, Gary Bauer, and the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins were already suggesting the possibility of leaving the party if its positions soften. Now, a coalition of anti-gay and anti-choice groups have written a letter warning the GOP leadership that “an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support.”
Though the letter addresses several social conservative issues such as abortion and school vouchers, it focuses particularly on LGBT issues. It encourages the Republican leaders to approve a resolution affirming the 2012 Republican Platform, likely referring to a proposed resolution against same-sex marriage that relies on junk science and claims of heterosexual supremacy. The conservative groups take particular umbrage to the insinuation that their anti-gay positions are “unkind”:
Many homosexuals are active in the GOP because they agree with Republicans on economic issues. The fact that the Party is strongly committed to traditional marriage has not prevented their involvement through GOProud or Log Cabin Republicans. We deeply resent the insinuation that we have treated homosexuals unkindly personally. [...]
Republicans would do well to persuade young voters why marriage between a man and a woman is so important rather than abandon thousands of years of wisdom to please them. [...]
Real and respectful communication is needed with our organizations. Alleged gaffes by candidates in 2012 on social issues could have been avoided if Party leadership had consulted us, the experts on how to articulate those positions.
Not only do these groups believe the GOP should not soften its anti-LGBT positions, they believe the party should embrace their hardline positions even more than before.
Among the letter’s signatories are Gary Bauer, James Dobson, and Phyllis Schlafly, as well as the Traditional Values Coalition, Focus on the Family (CitizenLink), the Family Research Council, and American Family Association, all of which have been designated as anti-gay hate groups.