I want to share some exciting polling information with you that the New York Times earlier this month. They polled likely Iowa Republican Caucus goers and asked them about numerous issues, including marriage equality. I was happy to see that 58% indicated they support some form of recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
If you’re like me, you probably thought that number would be a lot smaller, because all we ever see in the media are the Republicans who oppose civil marriages for gay and lesbian couples. What this shows is that as Republicans who support marriage equality, we are in the majority in our party. It’s time we start to be more confident about talking about this issue among our fellow Republicans, and the Iowa Caucuses give us the perfect opportunity to do that.
Please consider taking the following platform plank language to your caucus on January 3rd and introducing it during the platform discussion.
Republican Platform Plank:
We believe in limited government intrusion in people’s lives and believe that same-sex couples should continue to have the freedom to have a civil marriage in Iowa.
Introducing a platform plank is easy, all you have to do is be willing to stand up and ask your fellow caucus attendees to discuss including the proposed language in the platform. Remember – almost 60% of the audience may already agree with you!
If you are willing to do this, please email me back and let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org We want to support you and track how many precincts can expect pro-equality language this caucus season. I’ll be introducing this plank at my caucus, and I hope you will too.
Sincerely, Jeff Angelo