As Republicans gather for the 2013 Young Republican National Convention taking place in Mobile, Alabama later this week, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will host a reception on Friday, July 12 to raise awareness and spark dialogue about the conservative case for same-sex couples’ freedom to marry. The event will take place at Fathoms Lounge inside the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, which is the site of the Young Republican National Convention.
“Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is thrilled to bring our message to the heart of Dixie and to share it with young Republicans who will be among the leaders of the Party for years to come,” said Tyler Deaton, campaign manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. “The timing could not be more perfect after the Supreme Court announced landmark decisions striking down Proposition 8 in California and the central part of the Defense of Marriage Act just weeks ago. The nation is talking about marriage, and as the Republican Party seeks to grow stronger and win more votes, its leaders need to engage in the conversation. Marriage means family and freedom—conservative values that we can and must support.”
When: Friday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CST
Where: Fathoms Street Side Lounge at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Note: The event is open to attendees of the Young Republican National Convention, non-attendees who identify as conservatives, and press. Drinks and appetizers will be served.
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry launched in July 2012 and has expanded to include 65 young conservatives, Republicans, and right-of-center leaders and activists across the country. Below are some of the highlights from the campaign:
Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush:
“I’m Barbara Bush, and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.” (Source)
“There are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman. But I also know that, you know, when couples are committed to each other and love each other, that they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has.” (Source)
“I think freedom means freedom for everyone…I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish.” (Source)
“To be sure, there’s a long way to go before the Republican Party fully embraces these values and is consistent about being the party of individual freedom, but I’m glad to see more and more of my fellow Republicans on the right side of history.” (Source)
“For me, this is about treating all of my friends and all of our brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren the same as I want to be treated. Equality under the law and personal freedoms are what make America the greatest country in the world and they are core values that I hold as a Republican.” (Source)
“Issues like the freedom to marry, the right to marry, it’s consistent with the Republican philosophy.” (Source)
“In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that’s called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country. And so I support the president’s decision.” (Source)
“The younger generation is not as fixated on many social issues, as important as they are to other folks. Marriage equality is an issue that is evolving in people’s minds and hearts. As with many controversial issues, the passage of time makes us more comfortable with change.” (Source)
“As Republicans, we are committed to ensure that the federal government play its proper role. Defining marriage is not part of that role.” (Source)
“[The freedom to marry] very well fits within my framework of freedom…[promotes] family stability.” (Source)
“I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.” (Source)
A recent ABC poll shows that 52 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents under 50 years old support the freedom to marry. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) became the latest Republican elected official to publicly support the freedom to marry. She joins fellow Republican Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois, as well as hundreds of Republican state officials across the country who have voted in favor of marriage.
Several hundred Young Republicans are expected to attend the Young Republican National Convention, which will take place from Wednesday, July 10 through Saturday, July 13.
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry.