Author: Tyler Lewis, UMBC
According to republicanusa.org, the position of the Republican Party on the sanctity of marriage is as follows: “Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it.” This is the stance of the GOP that hurts them the most. With all the social change and scientific evidence that has evolved in the past ten years, the public as a whole is becoming more open to the idea of gay marriage. In 1976 only 27% of Americans thought gay marriage should be valid (gallup.com). By 2014, 55% thought it should be legally recognized! This number is only expected to grow, but yet the Republican Party still remains opposed to amending its doctrine. The following is a poll conducted by gallup.com on same-sex marriage.
The stance of the GOP on abortion is as stated: “faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” Across all age groups the nation is relatively split on this issue. The problem that the Republican Party is facing is that in the age group of 18-34, 50% were pro-choice and 40% were pro-life. It’s this new millennial generation that could severely hinder the GOP. The party is being sustained by middle aged/elderly citizens, but is summarily opposed by young adults.
Not all of the GOP’s morals go against new belief. The party’s position that everyone has the right to bear arms is still strongly supported. Their belief that taxes should be lowered is shockingly approved my most, if not all Americans. However, with time comes change. The Republican Party must find a way to appease its opponents, or consistent backlash will consider to degrade them and their voter turnout.
The GOP’s problems don’t end there. With an influx of minorities coming into the US, the minority vote is becoming increasingly valuable. Because the Republicans tend to want to limit the governments help these immigrants desire and need, they tend to give the Democrats their vote. The following is a poll conducted by the Pew Hispanic center in 2012.