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Does GOProud belong at the March for Life?

GOProud LogoNo stranger to controversy, the gay Republican group GOProud have announced that they’re going to attend this year’s March for Life. And there’s a catch:

Do you think that all pro-life people are anti-gay? Neither do we! That’s not what the media and the Left want you to believe. Help GOProud show that just because someone is pro-life doesn’t mean that they are anti-gay.

We’ll be distributing “I’m Pro-Life & Pro-Gay” stickers to March for Life marchers before the march begins. We’ll meet at the Archives Metro at 10 am.

GOProud doesn’t have a position on abortion. We want you to join us regardless of your personal beliefs on that issue!

Obviously, any gay pro-lifer should be welcome to the March and into the rest of the movement with open arms. As valid and important as biblical sexual principles and marriage’s traditional meaning are, those need not translate to demeaning or ostracizing gay individuals. I’m all for showing “that just because someone is pro-life doesn’t mean that they are anti-gay.”

What I’m not for, however, is being played. Unlike genuinely pro-life organizations like the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, GOProud’s statement makes clear that they’re not interested in spreading the March’s message or persuading gay Americans to support the right to life; they’re attending for self-promotion.

This isn’t the first sign that GOProud is a bad fit with the pro-life movement. Though they did oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, they’re indifferent on the rest of the issue. GOProud President Chris Barron spent two months working for Planned Parenthood, an experience he says that he hated and which apparently partially led to him abandoning support for Roe v. Wade, but “beyond that [I] don’t have strong feelings on abortion.”

Worse, in 2010, they attacked pro-lifers and marriage defenders alike, calling on the Republican Party to ignore social issues and their advocates:

This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issue, nor should it be interpreted as a political blank check […] We urge you to stay focused on the issues that got you and your colleagues elected and to resist the urge to run down any social issue rabbit holes in order to appease the special interests.

So GOProud wants us to shut up and surrender, thinks protecting the unborn doesn’t matter, and belittles us as a mere “special interest” group (which I’d love to see a definition for that somehow encompasses pro-life groups Americans United for Life, Live Action, and Personhood USA but not GOProud itself), yet pro-life events are supposed to extend their hospitality to GOProud at the drop of a hat?

Considering the record, it would be entirely appropriate for March for Life organizers to conclude that GOProud doesn’t share the pro-life movement’s goals and doesn’t have our best interests at heart, and therefore that their participation need not be welcomed. Pro-lifers should be willing to make common cause with those who differ on plenty of other issues…but only if they’re genuinely willing to make common cause with us.

  • My guess is that members of GOProud don’t universally agree with everything their leaders say, just as individual Republicans or Democrats don’t universally agree with everything leaders in the party say. Also, have you considered that maybe they’ve changed since 2010?

    Just because GOProud as an organization doesn’t have an official position on abortion doesn’t mean that their pro-life members aren’t valid as pro-lifers. GOProud at March For Life has the potential to bring other pro-lifers into GOProud and move it closer towards being a pro-life-influenced organization.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      I don’t know if the leadership has changed, but I completely agree with you about individual members.

  • Well, that’s disappointing. I saw a “Pro-Life & Pro-Gay” sign on EWTN, and I was hoping that the movement was becoming more visibly diverse. (Yes, WE all know that pro-life comes in all stripes, but try convincing the average person on the street of it. If I only had a nickel every time I had to get out my I-Am-Not-Catholic card…) Maybe I’ll just choose to believe that that person is genuinely pro-life, even if the organization they got the sign from is…well, not.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      Yeah, we’ve done far too little to fight the perception that being pro-life is just a Catholic thing.

  • The term “gay” is normally construed as endorsement for the homosexual lifestyle, which is related to behavior that is not natural, not genetic, not moral, not life-giving, and not pro-family or even remotely pro-life. For that reason, it’s a no-brainer: GoProud should not be allowed to infiltrate the March for Life.

  • Put Life First

    If the pro-life movement is ever going to be truly successful, it needs to be a big-tent movement — and welcome all people who are committed (or even remotely interested in) to the cause, regardless of religious belief or any characteristic. We’re not going to win by preaching to the choir. Also, we must realize that not all social issues are the same and that some are worth fighting for (pro-life) whereas others may not be (traditional marriage). Even if you want to preserve the traditional notion of marriage, you should ask yourself if that cause is worth undermining the pro-life cause. In other words, if you had to choose (if you could only advocate for one issue), would you rather work to end abortion or work to preserve traditional marriage? The former is a much more worthy cause, and it is one where public opinion remains relatively stable. In contrast, public opinion is moving in favor of gay rights (rightly so, in my opinion) and will continue that way, which raises the question: should the pro-life cause continue to allienate more people by tying itself to the traditional marriage issue? Or should the pro-life movement focus on anti-abortion efforts and seek broad support for its cause?

    • Calvin Freiburger

      Lots of false choices in there. Strictly pro-life groups and activists aren’t taking, or being asked to take, positions on gay marriage. It’s not necessary to endorse gay marriage to fight abortion. And it’s not necessary to endorse gay marriage to welcome gay people as pro-life allies.