The WSJ writes on a new group, Gay, Proud and Conservative
A new group asks the GOP to return to its Reaganite roots.
The speaker is Jimmy LaSalvia. Tomorrow morning in Washington, Mr. LaSalvia and his allies will launch a new tax-exempt 527 political organization they hope will be that voice for gay conservatives. Called GOProud, it will certainly make for a more interesting Republican Party — and a richer internal debate.
Health care is one example. Mr. LaSalvia points out that many gays do not believe their best interests are served by government-run health care. To the contrary, he says, they believe they would be better served by private-run individual accounts that are portable, that put them in charge of their own health care, and that would allow them to designate their own beneficiaries.
But this is not another run-of-the-mill identity politics group; many conservatives will find common ground:
- GOProud is skeptical about using courts to advance social change
- social issues like [gay marriage] are best left to the American people acting through their state legislatures
Friend of this blog Bruce Carroll of Gay Patriot is one of GOProud’s directors. I congratulate him on creating the new organization, and wish him the best.
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