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Conservative Political Action Conference 2011A participant writes on a “Why Are You Conservative?” poster at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“The pro-life movement is definitely very appealing to younger evangelical Christians. … Definitely pushing the whole gay marriage thing, that’s more toward older folks. I don’t feel like our generation really cares about that at all.”
Josh Kunkle, a senior at Manchester College on NPR

While some conservative mainstays boycotted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year to protest the inclusion of GOProud, an advocacy group “representing gay conservatives and their allies,” younger attendees came in droves. Polling data shows that Millennials — those born after 1980 — are more likely than any other generation to support gay marriage. This trend was reflected at CPAC, too.

Princeton philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah characterizes this attitudinal shift as “the consequence of cohabitaton.” He says today’s college students are less homophobic because they’ve grown up knowing other gay peers — people they may or may not have liked, but who are nevertheless “just part of the normal range of what’s around” and therefore “the idea that these people are particularly horrendous is just not one that you can sell.”


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6 Comments

Good since it is not a new concept.

I wish I could say that's a relief, but I can't. The whole notion of gay conservatives makes me ill and uncomfortable. How BIG of them -- I'm sorry, but it's becoming exceedingly difficult in recent days to be tolerant of conservatives of any ilk.

I have a difficult time tolerating the attitude that the people who need to learn to be tolerant are those who oppose the views of those who claim to be tolerant. If you want to live the tolerant life, the burden of having to tolerate the intolerable is yours to bear.

Yes. Agreed. That's why I said that it was difficult -- meaning I am trying to bear the load, as you so aptly put it.

Oh, Why Oh Why is it so hard for folks to accept that two people of the same sex can and do fall in love and spend the rest of their lives with each other? Why do they continue to compare them to pedophiles, sado-masochits, etc.? Why do they look upon them as evil, evil people? Most of them are truly kind and loving folk. Having more love in their heart apparently than those who criticize their lifestyles. It is true there are "bad apples" among them, just as there are "bad apples" in the heterosexual people of this world. No, I am not a homosexual because I wasn't wired that way. But I believe God is the creator of all of us, and He loves all of us equally. And I believe that God judges us by the love in our hearts we have for Him and our fellow man, woman, child, not our sexual preferances.

Loving someone is not the only requirement for marriage but an ability to actually have sex is required. Sex is how men and women join together to create children not just pleasure ourselves. Sex is meant to be a Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful act of marriage. Free-it should be without cost and not taken by force. Total-nothing held back. Faithful-exclusive until death. Fruitful-it bears children (also no contraception). One of the main purposes of marriage is to make and raise children. Without the ability to create children a homosexual relationship could never be marriage. Someone better then me.

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