Future Gay Republicans


Marc Tracy imagines them. He points out that "27 percent of gays voted for Sen. John McCain" in 2008:

Maybe that number will go down this year given Obama’s announcement, but in terms of a longer trend, it implies that eventually the gay vote—at least the gay male vote—will be very much up-for-grabs. And why shouldn’t it be? 50, 30, or even 20 years from now, both parties will support gay rights, at least on its face, and the issue will be largely uncontroversial. … At that point, roughly half of the gay population will be men who are disproportionately wealthy; disproportionately childless; and likely less concerned with social issues, their primary one having been resolved. And what do we call wealthy American men who care about economic policies with a limited personal commitment to public education? Usually, we call them Republicans. (I’d expect lesbians to remain a strongly Democratic group, in part because they’re women.) 

I've long thought that gay men are a natural fit for a non-bigoted GOP. We await one. And the wait seems to be getting longer.

(Photo: Potential Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger talks to citizens on January 31, 2011, at the Golden Egg, a diner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, about his potential presidential candidacy and the planned closure of the nearby Sagamore Bridge, a vital conduit for commerce. By Dan Zak/The Washington Post via Getty Images)