Ralph Reed threatens the GOP over Gay Marriage

Well its nice to see that good ole Ralph Reed still thinks he’s more important than he really is and has now taken a shot off the port bow of the GOP after Rob Portman came to his damn senses

Courtesy of Jim Galloway of AJC.com:

In a look at Republican reaction to last week’s
endorsement of gay marriage by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the National Review Online includes this paragraph:

Ralph Reed, the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, says the party has to be careful. “If the Republican party tries to retreat from being a pro-marriage, pro-family party, the big tent is going to become a pup tent very fast,” he says. “I am concerned that some in the party are going wobbly on this issue.”

Ummm couple of questions for Ralph.

How is supporting same sex marriage… anti-marriage?
how is supporting same sex marriage… anti-family?

The GOP is finally starting to realize they have failed miserable to being able to identify with a majority of modern Americans on several issues including, obviously, same sex marriage. They acknowledge it loud and clear:

Jeb Bush HuffingtonPost:

All too often we’re associated with being ‘anti’ everything,” Bush said. “Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs, because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our
party.”

“Never again can the Republican Party simply write off entire segments of our society because we assume our principles have limited appeal. They have broad appeal,” he said

And finally, from a point of view of a younger generation of Republicans who made their first visit to CPAC and their take on gay marriage and family.

Via NPR.org:

FRANCESCA CHAMBERS: I reject the notion that young people don’t identify as conservatism, or they think that conservatism is a dirty word. I don’t think that that’s true at all. What they didn’t like about the Republican Party had a lot more to do with some of the social issues – gay marriage.
GONYEA: Following the panel, Chambers continued the discussion out into the hallway. Talking to a small group of CPAC attendees, she said the party and conservatives are missing a lot of opportunities. She then offered an unexpected example.
CHAMBERS: Do you actually recognize that most TV shows are actually more conservative? Do you guys watch “Modern Family”?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Yeah.
Have you not noticed that it’s actually a very conservative TV show? For instance, they do have, like, the gay couple, but the gay couple are married and they have a kid, which is a very conservative thing. They are pro-family. Like, the whole thing is about family, the family structure, which is a very conservative value.

So Ralph Reed, proud member of the GOP and even prouder bible thumper, if you want the GOP to remain in the doldrums of antiquity and political failure… you just continue to threaten them to stay the course.

And for the GOP… you have a decision to make. Continue to listen to antiquated and irresponsible direction from individuals like Ralph and continue to lose or take a more modern and civilized approach and grab a generation of smarter and better thinkers. Because that generation – has your number and they wont be calling it.

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