Matt Barnum '15 in the Denver Post on the GOP and Same-Sex Marriage

Voters may flee GOP over gay rights
Matt Barnum, '15
The Denver Post
March 18, 2013

I'm often embarrassed to admit that I'm a Republican. It's sad to say, but for young people like me, "Republican" has become a four-letter word. Look no further than the debate and passage of same-sex civil unions in the Colorado legislature.

Despite widespread support among all voters, and despite the fact that a majority of Republicans support civil unions for gay couples, lawmakers in the Colorado GOP — with a single brave exception in the Senate and just two in the House — steadfastly opposed the measure, stubbornly choosing to remain on the wrong side of history.

Which brings me to the chief reason why many in my generation can't manage to pull the lever for a Republican: gay rights.