“Lisa Jones” is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St.
Nebraska is facing a lawsuit to overturn the constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. We could know as soon as the end of the week whether Judge Battalion will rule in favor of the plaintiffs raising the case against the state. While this may not mean that the state would immediately recognize same-sex marriage, it would be a clear step in that direction, pending anything further from the Supreme Court.
In general, Republicans have been on the side of traditional marriage, though the opposition to changing the definition of marriage is not monolithic. We are the Party where people who don’t agree with same-sex marriage, especially for religious reasons, can be “out and proud”, so to speak. (This is probably one of the best things about our party for which we never get credit–you can be socially conservative or socially liberal, either way, you can set up shop in the Big Tent if you believe in being fiscally conservative.).
A common criticism, even within the GOP, is whether we should even be focusing on social issues when they prove unpopular or controversial; do we lose traction in the national conversation when our debates discuss contraception more that fiscal policy? I know for me personally, the GOP represents my views on many social issues as well as economic, especially in regard to protecting the unborn. And there is the argument that liberal social policies, by definition, undermine conservative fiscal policy. But imagine if we were not historically the Party of those social issue standards. Would I really ever vote for a Democrat anyway? Probably not, because of their views on fiscal policy. If that is the case for most people, should social issues have that much prominence in our state and national discussion? Does it help us build a stronger GOP? Does that help us win?
I don’t know the answer. Discuss.
This is a time of great change. We will see how much the GOP changes with it.