Posted by: sweeneyblog | May 2, 2012

Psst – Gay Republicans . . . Can we talk?

Hello Gay and Lesbian Republicans,

How are you doing? Look, can I buy you a drink? I want to talk to you about something really important.

I think it is time to break-up with the Republican party.

LGBT Republicans, can we talk?

I know you guys have been dating for a long time. The Party even gave you your own Log Cabin together, and let you come with them to their favorite party (“GOProud Attends CPAC“) even though a few people stared and said mean things.

But let’s not forget the hard times too? Remember when Karl Rove got all those Anti-Gay Marriage initiatives passed in 2004 to boost turnout for Bush’s reelection campaign? That was kindof mean, but you could see why. Then there was the whole “we almost nominated Rick Santorum” thing. Santorum, who believes that gay relationships is equal to man on dog sex.

And then today, I read about Richard Grennell, a foreign policy expert that Mitt Romney’s campaign had hired as a spokesperson who was dismissed because he was openly gay. This had nothing to do with his qualifications, but rather because of the stream of homophobic attacks from prominent conservative religious groups. They accused Grennell of being a potential turncoat or traitor simply because he was gay.

Do you really want to put up with years and years of this? I think it is time to start seeing other people.

I know that you are conservative. Heck, that’s why you are a Republican in the first place. But you don’t have to stay with a political party that doesn’t respect you and actively works to devalue you as a person. You are better than that.

How about joining the Libertarians? I know that they haven’t been as politically successful as you would like and locally the Whatcom Republicans worked to shut you guys out, but think to the future. Many young conservatives are much more libertarian that religiously conservative. This is a growing movement that has a shot at becoming more powerful as time goes on.

And I know that you don’t agree with the Democrats about fiscal issues, but you know what? They will welcome you at the table and let you have your say. That’s more than you can saw for the Republicans right now. You can always negotiate over financial issues, whether this program or that program is worth funding, but you can’t negotiate over whether or not you deserve to marry.

I know breaking up is hard to do, but really, you deserve better. So think about it, LGBT Republicans. We will be here when you are ready.

-Riley Sweeney



  1. One step further on the fiscal conservatism… it’s not like W Bush contained the size or debt of government either. The GOP’s prime focus keeps going to moral issues and leaving fiscal conservatism in the dust.

  2. You should check out the Mayoral race down here in San Diego- 2 of the 4 candidates are gay/lesbian republicans. And the current Mayor (termed out) is a huge LGBT supported. It is crazy!

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