Lindsey Graham may have trouble securing support among fellow Republicans for his 2016 presidential aspirations. But that isn’t stopping him from looking beyond traditional constituencies to grow the party’s base. From the Associated Press:
The South Carolina senator calls himself a “traditional marriage kind of guy.” But he says he “can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through” before becoming a transgendered woman. He hopes that, now, she’s “found peace…”
Graham says if Jenner wants to be a Republican, she’s welcome. And he says if she wants a safe country and a strong economy, she should vote for him.
Jenner notably declared herself a Republican in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer earlier this year. So there’s apparently no need to convert her. That said, if Graham and other Republicans want to expand non-traditional constituencies, they should start by highlighting how conservative-libertarian principles apply to each person’s life regardless of demographic distinctions.
Transgendered individuals have as much to gain from the preservation of liberty as anyone else. The right to pursue happiness as defined by the individual should be protected, as should the freedom of association that enables people of like mind to engage in consensual relationships.