On Monday, Rick Wilson, a national Republican message and media strategist, said he was asked a series of questions about the recent gay marriage decision and the 2016 election by someone he identified only as a “national reporter.” Among the questions he was asked was a phrase Wilson said would be heard again: Gay reparations.
“Wow,” he said in the first of three tweets. “A reporter just asked me a series of q’s about the gay marriage decision and 2016.” He said the reporter “rattled off”questions that GOP candidates might hear.
He continued by saying candidates would be asked about marriage, states resisting licenses, adoptions and benefits, among other things. But then, he said, “embedded in it all was a phrase you’ll hear again…”
“Reparations or damages for discrimination against gays in the past,” he said in the third tweet. “‘Cha-ching,’ says a new generation of trial attorneys.”
“I can think of nothing that will more quickly (& permanently) sour the populace on gay rights than to insist on reparations,” one person told Wilson. “I think we just discovered what Democrat candidates will use to try and snag the ‘LGBT Vote,'” another person tweeted.
“Now my question is,” Wilson said in another tweet, did the question emerge anew, or is it a talking point that is “being pushed out there?” In a followup message, he added: “Either way, you will be made to care.”
“BTW,” said a post at the conservative Ace of Spades, “a guy I trust says that he was speaking to an informed source on the Gay Marriage side of things, and he says that ‘gay reparations’ are going to be a live issue in 2016, and something that all candidates will have to take a position on.” It’s not the first time the subject has come up.
In a 2010 article published at Townhall, Michael Medved wondered why liberals don’t push for gay reparations. Such a campaign would fall flat because, he said, there is “no evidence whatever that today’s homosexuals are the heirs to a long, bitter heritage of discrimination that spans generations.”
“No one can deny that most – in fact, nearly all – gay people were produced and raised by heterosexual parents, grandparents and great grandparents,” he added. “Today, those who make the case for gay adoption insist that there is no scientific evidence that children raised in same-sex homes are any more likely to grow up homosexual than those raised by traditionally married parents.”
He also said there’s “abundant evidence that blacks disproportionately grow up in poor homes, but there’s no such pattern for gay identity; in fact, most studies suggest that adult homosexuals are more educated and wealthier (with less money committed to offspring) than their heterosexual counterparts.” The case for gay reparations, he added, is “weak.” But things have changed considerably since 2010.
For starters, the Supreme Court has approved gay marriage across the country. Secondly, the media has shown that it is willing and able to drive the national discussion. While the case for gay reparations is weak, as Wilson noted, Americans will be forced to care about the subject.