This is an impression that I strongly do not wish to have or believe.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
One question: What happens to the "social conservatives" - the statist breed eager to use the Big Government for ramming their taboos down other people's throats. Are the going to fuse with rejects of the mainstreem Left, and form something like the Front national of Le Pen in France?
What he's saying is that potentially the next candidate makes a political calculation and decides to try to get elected. Strangely enough, Republicans like to win once in a while. Trust me, if they think being anti-gay marriage is going to lose them the election, the GOP will suddenly think it's an idea whose time has come.
And it's not that there is "no difference." It's that they want to be afforded protections against discrimination in order to receive the same rights as everyone else.
They don't. They have different norms.homosexuals think themselves above any and all social norms.
If you were harassed on a daily basis because of your sexual preferences, you might feel a little defiant about it.It just gives me the impression that homosexuality is about defiance rather then attraction, which implies that it is a display of insecurity rather then affection.
I.e. you're putting the cart before the horse. The political stridence of some members of the gay community is a reaction against discrimination, not the cause of their sexual preferences.
This has had an impact on gay culture, but not on the underlying nature of homosexuality itself. You don't become gay because you want to be defiant; you are gay if you're sexually attracted to someone of the same sex.
As for those who say.... But they'll be offset by the moderates voting for him/her...... I figured that into the figures. I could see the Republican Party losing half its support over the issue. There are no amount of potential moderates that can be gained to offset that sort of loss.