Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition claimed in a recent interview that the majority of Americans still opposed gay marriage and that Republicans should bank on that. Thankfully Reed seems to be confusing reality with his ideal vision of a bigoted tomorrow.
In the interview with Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt, Reed confirmed his belief that Republicans would not select a presidential candidate that was not against marriage equality.
“Reed: If you poll Republican primary voters, 75 to 80 percent of them are in support of traditional marriage. And as you look at the field today…and all the respective candidates. I don’t know any one of them that aren’t pro-life, pro-family and pro-marriage.
Hunt: By pro-marriage you mean anti-gay marriage?
Reed: I mean pro-traditional marriage, the way it’s always been defined.”
While Reed’s statements seem to be true (except for the nonsense about “traditional marriage”), they’re only true of Republicans. As Hunt points out, Republicans may be happy to sit in the dark ages, but the rest of the country is rapidly moving towards the acceptance of the marriage equality. Young people specifically are “overwhelmingly pro-same-sex marriage.”
But Reed dismissed the youth voters and their radical notions of equality. He compared the current trend of LGBT support to youth protests of Vietnam in the 60s and 70s and then support for Reagan in the 80s. However, there was never a sudden upswing in support for Vietnam, and similarly while there are many cases of people changing their minds in support of gay marriage, I have yet to hear of anyone suddenly deciding to hate gays.
Anyone that isn’t willfully ignorant can see that the country is moving quickly towards acceptance of the LGBT community. Even Republicans have begun to silence their bigoted rhetoric on these issues, knowing that it’s a lost cause. But perhaps we’ll get lucky and the GOP will follow Reed’s advice. When we cast our votes in 2016, we can finally say definitively that we’re not going to put up with such flagrant bigotry.
Watch Reed’s interview below: