Kathy Potts, former Iowa campaign chair for Rick Perry's presidential bid, has published a stunning article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette giving a full-throated endorsement of marriage equality.
2011 was a big year for Republicans. We saw leaders emerge and saw candidates drop out. We saw job creation and education being seriously debated, and I felt that the concerns of the American people were heard -- for the most part.
What I didn't hear much of this year was support for marriage equality from the Republican front-runners. I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples and have been vocal about my support, even when it hasn't always been the popular thing to do in my party.
I heard a lot of rhetoric about gay and lesbian Americans that didn't fit with what I know to be true and what many Republicans believe. As an evangelical Christian Republican, I know many people who hold conservative values like equality and freedom, but those voices were lost this year. However, I believe in my heart that things are changing. If it weren't for the loud voices of a few in our party, I do believe more Republicans would stand up in support of marriage equality.
This is what it's all about, folks. As I said in an earlier post, it's going to take both political parties to fully implement LGBT equality. We can't count on just one party to do the heavy lifting in exchange for our cash every few years. I don't want to simply buy friends to curry favor. I want people like Ms. Potts out there advocating on our behalf without having to slip her some campaign dollars. I want her going up to someone like Rick Perry and saying, "What the hell are you thinking? You want me to lead this campaign for you here? Then get with the program, mister!"
I want true believers out there advocating on our behalf - not store bought loyalties.