Next week Republicans will meet in Tampa, Fla. to officially give the presidential nomination to Mitt Romney. If convention goers turn on a television they will see an ad listing the Republicans who support marriage rights.
Two civil rights and political organizations, the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry, paid for the spot. San Diego’s Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders narrates the 30 second commercial, explaining why he stands for marriage equality.
‘As a Republican, I believe in conservative values like responsibility and limited government,’ Sanders notes.
He lists the number of high profile party members who support gay marriage, such as Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, and Cindy McCain.
‘Marriage strengthens families and we need more of that in this country, not less,’ Sanders continues.
Pro-marriage equality Republicans are a minority. According to a 2011 Pew Research Center study, Republicans are very cool toward LGBT issues. Only 40% of Republicans think gays and lesbians should be accepted by society. That number is even lower for those defined as conservative (35%).
According to Buzzfeed, the Grand Old Party’s (GOP) platform will have a strong anti-gay marriage plank.
‘[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage,’ the proposed draft says. The language will be approved on 28 August.