By David Lampo
It's an axiom of recent American politics that many Republicans and such a lot conservatives aren't purely anti-gay yet that they've capitulated to an anti-gay time table formulated and pursued by way of the non secular correct for the prior numerous many years. In A primary Freedom, David Lampo makes the case that aid for homosexual rights will offer long term political advantages for the GOP and the conservative move. He argues that an anti-gay time table succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of these who speak of constrained executive and person rights yet forget about either by way of homosexual rights and different own freedom concerns. certainly, it's the defenders of homosexual rights inside Republican ranks who're holding religion with middle conservative ideas. He additionally offers quite a few polling information that exhibit that rank-and-file Republicans, together with many Tea get together supporters, are way more supportive of homosexual rights than often presumed. Lampo’s name to include homosexual rights is certain to be hotly debated in the conservative circulate.
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A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights by David Lampo