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Now some prominent national Republicans are speaking out against Iowa's first in the nation presidential caucuses, and the fact that they're usually won by extreme social conservatives popular with Iowa Republican activists. Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, speaking in Iowa last week, said those choices hurt the party's chances as a whole. "When we think of Iowa . we think of people with a single issue, abortion and gay marriage, and they put their imprimatur on a candidate who couldn't get elected dog catcher in America," Simpson told WHO TV's Dave Price. "And the Republican Party has to spend months reconstructing itself to say, 'Wait a minute. That was just the Iowa caucuses.' "
register file photo159As stealthily as it reared its ugly head, the power to harness prejudice against gay people to win national elections is shriveling up and dying a well deserved death.
"The world we know has changed so much these last five years," Streit observed. "Equality in America is on the right path."
Yet they keep trying. "I don't really know any that are in the right place on this issue," said Kochel of possible Republican candidates for president. "In 2020, that'll change."
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Marriage shouldn't be a partisan issue, declared Michael Streit, one of three former Iowa Supreme Court justices who lost their retention elections over the same sex marriage ruling. Yet the three are often invited to speak at partisan Democratic events never Republican ones said Streit in keynote remarks Saturday. He paid tribute to the plaintiffs who, he said, had to struggle "with the ignorance, the exploitation, the opportunism, the shrill and the moneyed interests."
And that's the great Iowa disconnect. Five years of same sex marriage notwithstanding, such views still find a receptive audience in the Iowa Republican Party, where even legislation to prevent bullying in schools becomes a source of political controversy. The party's recently elected chairman, Danny Carroll, has lobbied for a constitutional amendment against same sex marriage on behalf of the Iowa Family Leader's political arm, Iowa Family PAC. He campaigned against retention of the Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined the ruling overturning Iowa's same sex marriage ban in 2009, accusing them of exercising judicial discretion "in a matter that does not honor God (and) is not consistent with natural law."
"A lot of people I talk to understand if we don't change our position, we won't win elections," said GOP political strategist David Kochel, Mitt Romney's chief Iowa adviser in 2012. He said it at a sold out Des Moines celebration Saturday marking five years of same sex marriage in Iowa, an event that underscored how mainstream the issue has become. vice president sent a letter of congratulations. A major insurance corporation in an industry that is by nature conservative placed an ad with a rainbow flag logo in the program book.
Kochel claims his party moves two steps forward and one step back on gay issues. Of Carroll's election, he said, "That's one step back." But the party is moving, he said. "Under the still waters, there's a lot going on."
If they do, such a candidate won't win.
gay people to marry, have kids and live openly. We're not going backward, so the GOP ought to stop wasting its time on an issue that will only make it obsolete.
In the same state where, it was noted Saturday, an emcee once wouldn't introduce the Des Jimmy Choo Gold Shoes Sale Moines Gay Men's Chorus by name, it's now common for a man to introduce another as his husband. With nearly 40 percent of Americans now living in states (17) that recognize marriage equality, and young people overwhelmingly considering it as a non issue, it's hard to imagine anyone who beats the drum against gay marriage winning the presidency. The parties won't nominate one, unless they're self sabotaging or in denial about the massive shift in attitudes around the country. Giuseppe Zanotti Happy
Plaintiffs Trish and Kate Varnum of Cedar Rapids and Jason Morgan and Chuck Swaggerty of Sioux City react to the Iowa Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalizing gay marriage in Iowa as it was announced at the Hotel Fort Des Moines April 3, 2009.(Photo:
out loud, and even if presidential hopefuls keep trying to get traction equating being gay with moral failure or disobedience to God.
Two potential contenders, Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan, are in Iowa this week trying to impress Iowa Republicans. Another three Rick Santorum, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal will be here in June for the Republican state convention. All have opposed same sex marriage and gay rights. Huckabee has compared homosexuality to polygamy and prostitution. He won the Iowa GOP caucuses in 2008.
Hatemonger Fred Phelps is dead and Julius Carter the Des Moines gay teen whose high school graduation he picketed is on Broadway. Increasingly, Americans are seeing just how normal it is for Jimmy Choo Gold Trainers Uk
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