Homosexuality isn’t the demon among a growing number of Americans, says a study by the Pew Research Center.
The study indicates that in almost all demographic groups, homosexuality is more widely accepted than it was in 2013. Almost all groups.
Who doesn’t think that way? Conservative Republicans, according to Pew.
Does that surprise you? I didn’t think so. It didn’t me, either.
The tide of history is turning against those who continue to harbor ill will toward gay people. We’re seeing a growing acceptance of gay marriage; certainly, more Americans believe gay people should not face discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation.
As for the Pew figures on conservative Republicans’ continued antipathy toward gay people, I think it speaks to the difficulty the GOP is going to face in future national elections.
The nation is changing in many substantive ways. Many pundits have noted the increasing numbers of ethnic and racial minorities and how those groups tend to vote against GOP candidates.
The conservative wing of that party is continuing to call the shots on how to shape the party’s governing platform — and it doesn’t include a more inclusive outlook toward the LGBT community.
Whether individual candidates adhere to that national platform often is up for discussion. Still, when the party hierarchy, driven by its most conservative members, put anti-gay language on the record, voters will take notice.