Marriage Equality Vote Highlights Growing NC GOP Divide
Written by Peter Boykin on December 2, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Marriage Equality Vote Highlights Growing NC GOP Divide
Following the U.S. Senate’s vote to protect marriage equality in America, the News & Observer editorial board notes a “battle brewing” in the North Carolina Republican Party: Rep. Mark Brody has called to sanction Senator Thom Tillis for his “yes” vote.
Editors Note: Personally as a #GaysForTrump founder it’s awful to find out in our base state of NC that there is a desire to penalize a sitting Senator for upholding the right to marry who you love.
As the editorial writes, it’s also a warning sign for 2024 as the GOP “won’t be able to escape the reckoning much longer.”
Note we have expressed in many articles although we believe in the Republican party as a better party than the Democrats (at least on foreign and economic matters) we still see a big issue with social and civil rights.
Although we will point out the Republican party played a large part in proper Women’s and African American Rights, maybe with individuals like Senator Tillis and some within the Gays For Trump movement, Go Right, Brandon Straka and #WalkAway , individuals like Scott Ryan Presler , and even the Log Cabin Republicans we can improve on the track record of the Republican party.
What we do know is NC is a battleground, and why I look forward towards 2024.
The full opinion article can be found
Here is a summary:
The growing chasm within the Republican Party was evident as the U.S. Senate voted to protect same-sex and interracial marriage – an issue that once unified the GOP but now leaves it increasingly fractured.
One North Carolina lawmaker has gone so far as to call for Tillis to be sanctioned by the NCGOP for breaking with the state and national Republican Party’s official platforms, which clearly recognize marriage as between one man and one woman.
“Senator Tillis has taken on an issue that is so fundamental and contrary to the deeply-held beliefs of so many of the Republican Party faithful that it warrants a response,” Rep. Mark Brody wrote this week in The Daily Haymaker, a conservative blog.
Influential conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation, the Family Research Council and the NC Values Coalition have denounced Republicans for supporting the bill
(Editors Note: Sadly their groups goals normally involve freedom of life, liberty, and happiness, limited Government, and improved personal freedoms…. Yet these are negated by their lack of separation of church and state. These organizations in my opinion lack the full message of Christ that would absolutely not like what they are doing.)
All eight Republican members of North Carolina’s House delegation voted against a similar bill in the House in July.
The clash – one-sided as it might be at the moment – highlights the budding questions North Carolina Republicans are facing about their party’s identity.
Specifically, who is the North Carolina Republican Party, and who does it want to be?
Is it represented by Tillis, a staunch conservative who has also shown a willingness to work across the aisle?
Is it represented by people like Brody, who think their beliefs are an excuse to discriminate?
Or is it someone like Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who takes those beliefs even further with vitriolic rhetoric that embarrasses our state on a regular basis?
(Editors Note: check out our previous articles on Mark Robinson, it is sad that a man who could quite easily fit in the “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.”
— Ronald Reagan just fits that 21% that knocks him out of the equation. Some might say I’m partial due to his thoughts on the gay community, but his views on women and on how children should not be taught science and history until 6th grade are too concerning)
It’s a growing question that Republicans have so far managed to avoid answering directly, though their silence is itself telling.
With Donald Trump determined to return to the White House, Robinson eyeing the governor’s mansion and the MAGA wing of the party more influential than ever,
(Editors note that we are unsure if the opinion of the writer connects #MAGA as the same as Robinson or separate, we would like to acknowledge our opinion is Robinson and the above organizations that don’t separate religion from politics are NOT the Trump Maga that helped Trump win in 2016.
In fact one of the reasons Trump won is he connected with the working man, the diversity in our party, the ones sick of the evangelical and Southern Baptist wing of the Republican party that part that keeps the Republican party from reaching it’s full potential.
It’s a sad misconception if the left feels Trump’s Republican party is somehow the party we had before him, and if we have in fact reverted back to this while still keeping the MAGA persona that’s much more of a travesty and probably why we lost so much in 2018, 20, and 22.)
North Carolina Republicans won’t be able to escape the reckoning much longer.
2024 will almost certainly be a test for North Carolina Republicans, who will have to decide whether to support Trump in a state he only narrowly won in 2020.
Most of them have, for the most part, remained quiet on Trump since the midterms – Tillis said recently that he considers Trump a “Friend,” but said it’s too soon to make any endorsement in the Republican presidential primary.
The GOP will also have to decide whether to break its ongoing silence on Robinson, who, according to recent polling, is favored heavily in the Republican gubernatorial primary but trails in a general election matchup against Attorney General Josh Stein.
(Editors Note: spoiler if we elect Robinson in the primaries he will lose, mainly due to the growing number of unaffiliated voters who refuse to put up with his nonsense or the nonsense of both parties)
With Robinson, North Carolina Republicans seem to be repeating the cycle national Republicans had with Trump in 2016 and 2020 – seeing him dominate in polls and therefore fearing what would happen if they criticized abhorrent comments.
National Republicans, many of whom are distancing themselves from Trump, finally seem like they may have learned their lesson.
We hope all Republicans realize that instead of moving their party even further to the extreme right.
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