Young Conservatives and Log Cabin Republicans call for freedom to marry in Tampa newspaper ad
August 28, 2012
In tomorrow's edition of The Tampa Tribune, a new public service-focused advertisement from Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and Log Cabin Republicans will be published. The ad's publication is perfectly aligned with the Republican National Convention, which continues until Thursday, August 30 in Tampa, Florida. It directly addresses the thousands of Republicans who will be attending the RNC, and it makes the case that supporting the freedom to marry while claiming conservative values is not contradictory. In fact, the ad alludes to the fact that a growing number of conservatives feel compelled to support marriage for same-sex couples because of their conservative values.
The newspaper spot comes after last week's announcement from the GOP that the official Republican Party platform will include language that limits the freedom to marry and sends an anti-gay, anti-family message to the country.
The new advertisement (right) quotes the words of Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who says he drafted the language of the party platform, and uses them to support the freedom to marry. The quote, taken directly from the draft of the GOP platform, reads: "The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation."
Same-sex couples and the advocates who support them also believe that marriage is integral to the success of society. They understand that marriage strengthens communities and families, and they believe that everyone should have the ability to say "I Do" to the person they love.
Sarah Longwell, one of the leadership committee members for Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, discussed in a release today why it is important for conservatives to raise their voices in support of the freedom to marry. She said:
The writing is on the wall for the Republican Party: Stand up for the values they say they believe in, or risk being seen as irrelevant with younger conservatives. This is a party that should support freedom - for all people, and all families.
Tomorrow, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will host a complimentary brunch at the RNC to bring together conservatives who want to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The program will include several speakers, including Margaret Hoover, a political strategist and CNN contributor, and Andrew Langer, the president of the Institute for Libertiy.
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