I got linked to GayPatriot today, and it was a bit of a surreal experience: all sorts of statements supporting homosexuals, but advancing the conservative agenda – even an alternative to Pride called Homocon. Now, when we say in our title that our blog is conservative, we mean, largely, religiously conservative. Victor is politically to the right, and Eiluned is to the left, but both agree on more than they disagree.
I, the atheist-agnostic-white-straight-male, am quite fiscally and socially liberal and a lot of what I read on GayPatriot (really, Patriot? Because only conservatives are patriotic? But I digress…) I found horrifying, wrong-headed, and at times, mildly offensive. Ann Coulter, one of the most loathsome writers I’ve ever read, is going to SPEAK at HOMOCON! Admittedly, she’s taking a beating for it, but still: what is happening to the world?
But you know what my overall response is?
This is awesome.
It’s about time the Liberals lost their stranglehold on gay rights, and gay conservative organizations became prominent. It’s an indication that homosexuality and homosexual acts, only decriminalized in Canada in 1969, finally decriminalized by the US Supreme Court in 2003, and still punishable by death in many countries (Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE, to name a few) are finally being accepted even by mainstream Republicans. Is this bad for the Democrats? Yes; it robs them of a useful demographic. Is it bad, potentially, for the cause of gay marriage? Probably, as these gay Republicans are arguing more for civil union than marriage. Is it bad for liberalism as a movement? As it steals liberalism’s issues, it may drive progressives to be more and more extreme; and that’s a good thing. Progress must always push the envelope, and conservatives must resist the change.
There is nothing inherently wrong with either conservatism or liberalism. They are both vital drives: one is the desire to try new things and explore, and the other is the fear of what damage such exploration might inflict; the need to hold onto what we have already accomplished vs the imperative to change. Both are valid. It’s a dialectic… the two forces must clash, and a synthesis forms from the struggle. Gay Republicans are part of that synthesis, and are a sign that times are changing. I may be wrong, but I doubt Anne Coulter would have spoken at a gay rally fifteen years ago, or even ten, or five. Things are improving, and this shift on the part of the right is a perfect example. Eventually, gay rights will have the same status as feminism… still an important struggle, still a real concern, still laughed at and ignored by those who are uninterested, but at least the largest part of the work will be done.
-Your Blogmaster, the Righteous Pagan