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Gavin Smith는 홍보 전문가이자 정치 전략가입니다.. 그는 Gavin James Public Affairs의 CEO입니다., 렉싱턴의 홍보 및 마케팅 컨설팅 회사, 사우스 캐롤라이나. During the Trump administration he served as press secretary for the Department of Labor and deputy communications director for the Department of Health and Human Services. 여기에 표현된 견해는 자신의 것입니다. 전망 더 많은 의견 CNN에서.

Republicans pride ourselves for our focus on the family, a theme emphasized at conventions, while campaigning, and during speeches at political rallies.

We’re now about to find out just how fundamental Republican family values really are.
Gavin Smith

The Senate is poised to hold a vote on a measure designed to ensure that all families enjoy the same rights, and Republicans in the chamber will reveal whether they believe the GOP is truly the party of all familiesor only ones championed by conservatives.
    얼마 안으로, the Senate appears likely to hold a vote on the Respect for Marriage Act, which passed last week in the House. The measure aims to codify marriage equality protections for same-sex and interracial couples.
      The bill was introduced by Democrats after Justice Clarence Thomas, in his opinion concurring with last month’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. 걸어 건너기, suggested that Court rulings protecting same-sex marriage and contraception protections should be revisited as well.
        The Respect for Marriage Act is meant to forestall any chance that the court could overturn its 경계표 2015 Obergefell ruling. It would safeguard the right to same-sex marriage nationwide, and would enact additional legal safeguards for married couples intended to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, 경주, ethnicity or national origin.
        The bill passed the House last week 267 ...에 157, 와 47 Republicans joining with Democrats. In the Senate, it needs at least 10 Republican votes to attain a filibuster-proof majority.
          That means that the fate of the legislation ultimately lies in the hands of Republican senators.
          For gay Republicans like me, it sometimes seems that conservatives have gone out of their way to embrace policies that are unfriendly to LGBTQ families. I’m thinking here of so-called Florida’sDon’t Say Gay” 계산서 that restricts teacher from being able to discuss issues of gender and sexuality in the classroom; and the Texas GOP’s adoption of a draconian platform that gutted LGBTQ+ rights and labeled the community asabnormal.
          Such measures are hard to make sense of, given the growing public support for same-sex marriage. A recent Gallup poll found that support for same-sex marriage is up by 15% since it became the law of the land in 2015, 와 함께 압도적 인 70% of Americans approving. The same poll found 55% Republican support for same-sex marriage.
          Republicans in the Senate insist that there’s nothing to worry about because gay marriage issettled law.” If that’s the case, they should vote in favor of the Respect for Marriage Act and put the issue to bed once and for all. Regardless of whether they think a vote is neededor how unlikely they think it is that the Supreme Court overturns its decision legalizing same-sex marriagevoting yes would signal the Republican Party is unwilling to leave these rights up to chance.
          Matthew Pace and Gavin Smith were married on Saturday, 할 수있다 7, 2022 at The Lace House at Arsenal Hill, 콜롬비아에서, SC.

          An affirmative vote on the Respect for Marriage Act affords the GOP with a golden opportunity to show that the party stands firmly behind equal protection under the law for all Americansand behind keeping marriages like mine and my husband’s legal.
          Not only is supporting the Respect for Marriage Act a morally principled move, it’s politically smart. With the current Democratic administration floundering in the eyes of many Americans, Republicans have an opportunity to make substantial gains in the midterm elections this yearif they don’t mess things up by alienating moderate voters.
          Against a backdrop of an economy that appears to be spiraling downward while interest rates ratchet higher, and amid runaway inflation, Americans appear ready to look for an alternative to Democratic policies.
          GOP senators voting against the Respect for Marriage Act would only give Democrats fuel for their narrative that the Republican party is comprised of anti-gay bigots. And voting in favor of the measure would send a signal to LGBTQ+ Americans that there is a place for them in a big tentRepublican party. It would also appeal to their friends and family, who are paying close attention to such votes. And many are likely to cast their ballots accordingly come November.
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          Our party has a choice to make. Will we continue to allow far-right conservatives to drive our decisionsand drive voters into the arms of Democratsor will we once and for all take a stand on supporting the LGBTQ+ community?
            LGBTQ+ people are a part of the fabric of this countryand of the Republican party. We love, and are loved by our parents, siblings and friends. We shouldn’t have to continually defend our rights to enjoy the same protections enjoyed by other Americans.
            Republicans now have an opportunityone they can’t afford to pass upto show just how big our party’s tent really is.

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