The Des Moines Register:
written by Jeff Angelo, Ames, founder of Iowa Republicans for Freedom
We are winning on the issue of marriage equality. All across the country, conservatives and Republicans, legislators and constituents, are standing up and speaking out in support of marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. And Americans across the country, regardless of political affiliation, are voicing their opposition to the passage of hurtful legislation that harms American families. I truly believe we are in the midst of a conservative movement for marriage equality. The new reality is that the tide for same-sex marriage is turning and that yes, we are winning.
For example, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has bravely and publicly joined many other conservatives in support of marriage. “I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” Senator Portman wrote in a Columbus Dispatch essay last month.
As an evangelical conservative, I agree wholeheartedly with Portman and think he should be commended for his leadership on this issue. Conservative values tell us that above all else, we need to defend individual liberty. As the party of freedom and limited government, supporting marriage for gay and lesbian families simply makes sense. What could be more in line with our values than supporting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who want to build strong, stable families together through marriage? Marriage is, after all, the bedrock of a healthy society.
Fifty-two percent of Republicans under age 50 support the freedom to marry. These voices in support include Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Illinois, President George W. Bush’s campaign strategist Ken Mehlman, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney and the many supporters of Iowa Republicans for Freedom.
Yes, we are winning. And I look forward to working with more conservatives as they step forward and declare their support for marriage equality.