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As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.
This month, the Nevada Republican party dropped statements on marriage from its party platform, making it the second state party in the nation to do so after Indiana’s GOP quietly jettisoned its plank in 2012. A gay-rights group last week launched a $1 million campaign to get the national party to remove from its platform a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, while a group of major Republican donors is pushing for the GOP to become more supportive of gay rights across the board.
“There are people with sincerely held beliefs on both sides of the marriage issue, and that seems to be where the party is heading,” said Jeff Cook-McCormac, an adviser to the American Unity Fund, which has been financed by wealthy donors such as hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer to push the GOP to back gay rights. “The Republican Party in Nevada is doing something that I think we’re going to see a lot more of, which is appealing to the things that unite Republican voters across the country — bread and butter issues.”
But social conservatives warn that if the GOP abandons its core moral principles, it may also lose loyal voters.
“It is very much a mistake for the GOP to step away from marriage. The rank-and-file Republicans, mainstream Republicans, very much believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Chris Plante, spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage. “For the GOP to give in to elites, to promises of money, and to progressives within the party is the wrong thing. It’s bad politics. Marriage is a winning issue.”
The greatest test will come in Nevada, a swing state where the state party also dropped its opposition to abortion during its biannual convention on April 12. The push arose from Clark County, home to libertine Las Vegas and three-quarters of the state’s population.
“Younger people believe they’re getting screwed by the Democrats on fiscal issues, and screwed by Republicans on social issues,” said Nick Phillips, the Clark County party’s political director. “Take that away, and you’ve got a party you can get behind.”
The state has no organized bloc of socially conservative voters. The state’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, supports abortion rights, recently decided to drop the state’s defense of a lawsuit challenging its gay-marriage ban, and is so popular that no significant Democrat is challenging him for re-election this year. But there is still some bitterness over the platform within the party, which has been riven for years by infighting among rival conservative factions.
“If they come up with a totally neutered, watered-down platform that stands for nothing, they’re going to disgust the base,” said Ira Hansen, a Republican Nevada assemblyman. “They alienate them and humiliate them and then expect them to vote.”
Seventeen states allow gay marriage and 59 percent of Americans supported it in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. That’s a sharp turnaround from a decade ago, when same-sex marriage was a Republican wedge issue that galvanized social conservatives and was widely unpopular with voters. Although a majority of Republicans remain opposed to gay marriage, the dynamic is reversed among younger members of the GOP. A Pew Research Poll found 61 percent of Republicans ages 18 to 29 supported gay marriage.
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As Republicans at the state level start thinking about rolling back opposition to gay marriage, two conservative groups released a poll meant to demonstrate that the issue is still important to the party's base but attitudes among Republicans are shifting. The poll, conducted by conservative polling firm WPA Research, was commissioned by the groups American Values and Family Research Council …
The israelis belong to the judaism faith- A religion of hyprocrisy, terrorism, and hate, therefore you can expect no better from them. What the jews are doing to the Palestinians, is really no different to what the christians did to the Bosnian Muslims, so christians as yourself are no better.
One could argue the world is also fed up with Christian warmongers!!
Whatever you argue you cant deny that Christians are in full support to jews when they murder innocent Muslims
EDIT: “Islam spread by the sword”?? Making up myths is not getting your point across. You need a better argument. Here’s the research you asked for; “History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most l and encouraging of hatefantastically absurd myths that historians have ever accepted.” (Islam at the Crossroads, London, 1923, p. 8.) Historian De Lacy O’Leary, (Non- Muslim Trust me even if i forced you, you still wouldnt qoute the Quran, hence it would only contradict your retarded arguement. “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) , thus no one can be forced to become a Muslim!! “directs you kill innocent people” [Chapter 5, verse 32] “anyone who saves one life, it is as if he has saved the whole of mankind and anyone who has killed another person it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind”… Did u read the Quran, or did your eyes just overlook these Noble verses? In many places where there are Muslims now, in the Far East like Indonesia, in China, and many parts of Africa, there are no records of any Muslim armies going there. In India, where Muslims ruled for 700 years, they are still a minority. In the U.S Islam is the fastest growing religion and has 6 million followers without any sword around.
EDIT: Mate, you have taken those verses out of context. What are the verses before and after? When were they revealed? Some ayats of the Qur’an were revealed when Muslims faced heavy prosecution, and were forced to defend themselves agianst the Pagans. There is a verse in the new testament from Mathew, and it says that Jesus(pbuh) came down with a sword, and that he was sent to create rifts between family, instead of peace. That doesn’t sound to peaceful to me. I am not an expert on the Qur’an, so i cant really provide an explanation on those verses, however there are loads of Muslim forums, where other Muslims will only be to willing to explain them. Creating dialogue between Muslim and Christians is essential for an open-minded society. The new testament is NOT the words of God!! It is the words of men. Will God’s word contain contradictions? Why did God create a new testament? Is not our Lord Omnipotent?
The crusaders inspired by the Bible slaughtered every Muslim, from the infant to the woman. Your president said that God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, responsible for the death of millions of innocents. Serbs in the name of Christianity commited horrenderous crimes agianst the Bosnians. So what gives you right to talk about jews and their ‘lack of compassion’, when Christians currently occuppy Muslim lands, killing innocents? What gives Christians the right to insult our beloved prophet Muhammad(pbuh) when we Muslims would never attempt to lay any false charges on Jesus(pbuh)? Most Muslim migrants come from a war-torn country either plundered by a Christian or jew, the least you could do is help them to get started. Some of my best friends in Jordan were Unitarian Christians, my neighbours were Christians, and Churches stood beside Mosques, and yet despite ppl’s efforts to create civil strife, we all lived in harmony with one another. I can guarantee you that if a war was ever waged agianst us they will be in the front alongside Muslims fighting our enemies, because Christian and Muslim Arabs, we are brothers in arms. Iraqi Christians were offered to take refuge in the west before the war started, but they refused. You treat Muslims as an enemy, when really you ppl should thank us, as without Muslims, Europeans will still be wallowing in their own excrement, and we wouldnt be having this conversation, because we wouldnt have computers (which run on algebraic equations, a Muslim innovation).
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The Pew Research Centre, a Washington-based thinktank known for its worldwide polls, asked people in 40 countries about behaviour they considered morally unacceptable, morally acceptable, or not a moral issue. Their responses to eight themes extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol, divorce and contraception have now been displayed in a revealing interactive presentation.
The Pew Research Centre stated: African and predominantly Muslim countries tend to find most of these activities morally unacceptable, while in advanced economies, such as those in Western Europe, Japan, and North America, people tend to be more accepting or to not consider these moral issues at all.
But there were notable divergences within regions. Ugandas controversial legal reforms penalising homosexuality appears to be rooted in the fact that 93% of Ugandans consider the sexual orientation to be unacceptable. But the Senegalese are markedly more tolerant, as over a quarter of those polled in the west African country did not consider the question morally relevant.
Within Europe, the research confirmed certain national stereotypes. In France, a majority of people did not consider it morally unacceptable for married people to have an affair, attesting to the French penchant for taking mistresses and extramarital lovers. Against 47% of the French who consider such affairs unacceptable, prudish Brits disapproved to the tune of 76%.
Although countries of the global south were the most conservative, notable exceptions include the fact that the Muslim nations of Egypt and Jordan have more liberal views on divorce than neighbouring Israel and even the United States, Canada and Britain. Only 6-7% of Egyptians and Jordanians also consider contraception unacceptable, against 17% of Israelis and Poles.
The latter issue has clearly won the moral battle, with a majority of those polled in favour of family planning. Only in Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana did a majority consider contraception unacceptable.
Michael Lipka, assistant editor at the Pew Research Centers Religion & Public Life Project, drew attention to the fact that Africans were most opposed to contraception, while being most blighted by HIV/AIDS, a virus spread by unprotected sex.
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Ive just finished reading Judge Bernard Friedmans ruling in the case that last week overturned Michigans 10-year-old voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. I probably should have called that Friedmans opinion, because thats all it is.
The Reagan-appointed federal judge makes barely even the slightest attempt to pretend he is offering a legal ruling here. Rather, it is clear from the wording of his opinion that he was simply exercising a veto over the decision the states voters made on the question of what will define marriage in Michigan.
Lets start with the basic legal question at hand. Friedman was asked to decide if the Michigan Marriage Amendment violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by denying the right to marry to homosexuals.
Plaintiffs argued that it did because the state has no compelling interest in doing so. The office of Attorney General Bill Schuette argued that the state has such a compelling interest because a) it protects the rearing environment for children; b) its best to be cautious when redefining something as fundamental as marriage; c) it upholds tradition and morality; and d) it is within the states power to define marriage.
Now, I must say this about the states strategy: It stunk. Schuettes team would have been better off arguing only Item D simply that the state has the power to define marriage because by letting so much ride on A, B and C, they afforded Friedman the opportunity to base his rule on his own personal disagreement with A, B and C. And thats exactly what he did.
As you read through Friedmans opinion, you will find that much of it consists of his personal commentary about the various witnesses who testified concerning the well-being of children raised in heterosexual versus homosexual environments.
Both sides had experts with research arguing their respective sides. Since were still dealing with a relatively new societal phenomenon, its impossible to say which side is correct based on the data alone.
But its easy to see which side Friedman personally agrees with, because he consistently found rationales for dismissing the research of the states witnesses.
For example, when they offered research showing that lower percentages of children of same-sex couples do well, Friedman simply speculated that maybe some of them had already started struggling before they were living with gay couples.
When the states researchers criticized the sample sizes of research by the other side, Friedman argued that its too inconvenient for researchers to gather data from big sample sizes. He also dismissed out of hand the entirety of one researchers evidence simply because it was funded by an anti-gay marriage organization as if there is no chance the funding sources of the other side could have also had some bias.
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hide captionSupporters listen to President Obama during a campaign rally at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on Nov. 3, 2012.
Supporters listen to President Obama during a campaign rally at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on Nov. 3, 2012.
The Pew Research Center’s newly-released survey on American millennials has so far been interpreted as the latest demographic disaster confronting the GOP.
According to the report, millennials defined as Americans aged 18 to 32 appear to vote heavily Democratic and hold liberal views on a variety of contemporary political and social issues.
The findings, based on a recent Pew Research Center survey and analysis of other Pew surveys conducted between 1990 and 2014, are unquestionably a cause for worry among Republicans. But Democrats shouldn’t be too quick to view the survey as unvarnished good news.
Here are four reasons why.
Millennials Are Less Attached To The Democratic Party Label
While Pew characterizes the millennials as “strikingly Democratic” in the last two presidential elections, they are nevertheless more likely than previous generations to reject party labels. Half of millennials up from 38 percent in 2004 identify themselves as political independents, meaning both parties have lost ground among young people.
Millennials Are No More Liberal On Gun Control And Abortion
Of all the age groups, millennials are the most supportive of same-sex marriage, the legalization of marijuana, and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by a wide margin. But their views on gun control and abortion are no more liberal than previous generations that Pew studied. Forty-nine percent of millennials say it’s more important to protect gun rights than control gun ownership, a figure that is roughly at par with the attitudes of older generations. And 56 percent say abortion should be legal in all cases slightly less than among Generation X, which is defined as Americans born between 1965 and 1980. Millennials are also much less likely to consider themselves environmentalists than any other generation.
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Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party is struggling to attract nonwhite voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.
But a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials defined as those between the ages of 18 and 33 suggests that Republicans will have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.
Chris Cillizza is founder and editor of The Fix, a leading blog on state and national politics. He is the author of The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insiders Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics and an MSNBC contributor and political analyst. He also regularly appears on NBC and NPRs The Diane Rehm Show. He joined The Post in 2005 and was named one of the top 50 journalists by Washingtonian in 2009.
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