Social Conservatism

What Social ‘Policy’ Should Mean to Conservatives

By on 3.18.14 | 2:52PM

With Rand Paul's declaration today that the GOP must "agree to disagee on social issues," social conservatives are questioning just how effective the Republican Party can be on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Last Tuesday, a panel of conservatives hosted by the Manhattan Institute weighed in on the future social policy of the GOP.

Unanimously, the panel agreed that the GOP's pro-life position is here to say, but the right has to admit cultural defeat on obstructing same-sex marriage.

For Avik Roy, former health care advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, the leftward turn of culture means scrapping social conservatism altogether:

[The GOP needs a] coherent political philosophy about what culture should look like that would accept the post [1960’s] reality.