Politico just ran Matt’s awesome article about the Republican Party, gay equality, his story as a gay Republican, and The Purple Elephant project. Worth a read!!!
When the House of Representatives voted to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy several years ago, I watched with rising horror as a map on my screen showed nearly every Republican member voting against allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.
This was my party. I’ve voted Republican my whole life, volunteered for Republican candidates, joined Republican groups. Yet of 173 voting Republicans, only five—about 3 percent—supported overturning a policy that discriminates against people like me.
I knew, of course, that my party was behind the time on gay rights, but I didn’t realize it was that bad. The question that ran through my mind that day was one I’ve often had to answer since: How could I be a Republican? Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/the-rise-of-the-purple-elephants-100061.html#ixzz2l9rzMBJa