"Even as gays have moved visibly into mainstream America, they hold a tenuous, complicated spot within the ranks of the GOP, whose earlier libertarian, live-and-let-live values have been ground down by the wedge issue of opposition to gay rights," the Washington Post reported. It noted that "many gay men are key aides to Republican legislators, powerful silent partners in winning elections by pledging allegiance to religious ‘values voters’ ever on the alert against ‘the homosexual agenda.’"
Gay conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan said GOP leadership is "tolerant of gay people but they have to keep quiet about it because their base would go crazy if they ever express it." He added, "They have this acute cognitive dissonance, which is a polite way of saying hypocrisy."
Meanwhile, the religious right is on the case. Tony Perkins (in photo), president of the Family Research Council, has been looking into whether gay GOP staffers have blocked anti-gay legislation.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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