Social issues were no less than a giant thorn that crushed the soul of the GOP in the 2012 elections. The GOP lost latinos, blacks, Asians, and the youth vote while laying a red carpet out for Obama.
But there could be compromise on the horizon concerning one of the issues, and this one from Rand Paul concerning gay marriage may have the most appeal to the most people:
Paul says foreign policy is an instrumental way to expand the GOP, but it’s not the only way. Social issues are another area where he thinks Republicans can make a better argument to independents and centrists without departing from their principles. Gay marriage, for instance, is one issue on which Paul would like to shake up the Republican position. “I’m an old-fashioned traditionalist. I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage,” he says. “That being said, I’m not for eliminating contracts between adults. I think there are ways to make the tax code more neutral, so it doesn’t mention marriage. Then we don’t have to redefine what marriage is; we just don’t have marriage in the tax code.”
This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen on the gay marriage issues in …ever. It keeps the traditional definition of marriage intact, but changes the tax codes to remove marital references for IRS purposes. It seems confusing that marriage is even a qualification for certain tax exemptions given the whole ‘separation of church and state’ thing. Plus, you can just about tack on hundreds of thousands of young voters to the GOP if this was to happen, because many don’t vote for the Republican party at all for this reason even though they wholeheartedly believe in fiscal responsibility…ya know, that thing the Democratic party has completely and totally forgotten about.
But with that being said, how do you guys feel about Paul’s idea?