A controversy arose last night on Twitter, revolving around someone’s assertion that a person cannot be both gay and conservative, presumably because a gay person would favor legalizing gay marriage.
My question was, and is, how many conservative positions must one hold on the issues in order to be considered a conservative? The person who started the controversy contends that you must hold the conservative position on every issue, “with some minor variations.”
Beyond that, who gets to decide the “official” conservative position? What are the key issues that are central to conservatism?
Please leave a comment; I’m looking for as much input as possible on this.
Update: Here’s a gay conservative’s opinion on what makes a conservative.
The conservatism I believe in is a combination of lower taxes, less government spending, freer trade, freer markets, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and a strong anti-communist foreign policy.
Many have asked me how I can be gay, yet call myself a Republican or a conservative. To them, I say the answer is easy. It’s similar to answer I give to those who pose the same question about me being black and Republican. A long time ago, I looked at the issues on both sides of the political spectrum. While there are a few on the left I agree with, there are many more on the right that fit my belief structure.