Despite now being an openly gay conservative, there was once in my life that I used to be moderately homophobic. As I have mentioned on Twitter, the first presidential election I closely followed was the 2008 election between Barack Obama and John McCain. While I never believed McCain was the perfect candidate, I supported him over then-candidate Obama. It should be noted that I was only in high school during this election and was not old enough to vote.
In high school, some of my political beliefs were actually different from what they are now. For example, I used to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was opposed to former President Obama’s decision to reduce the number of troops abroad. Today, I am generally a non-interventionist with the exception of when American security is threatened. In addition, I used to be more conservative on social issues, including being opposed to same-sex marriage and homosexual conduct altogether.
Despite being morally opposed to homosexual conduct, I never hated or disliked anyone who was openly gay. In fact, high school was when I first started to experiment with my own sexuality; however, I dismissed those incidents as being flukes. In my high school government course, I defended the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military, which allowed homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexual preference in the closet. Today, I believe both homosexuals and transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military so long as they pass the same physical and mental health requirements as everyone else.
Until the first half of my freshman year of college, I was opposed to same-sex marriage but supported civil unions. I argued that marriage was a religious commitment between one man and one woman, but I believed that same-sex couples should have the same benefits as straight couples at a governmental level. Today, in theory, I believe the government should exit the marriage business altogether. However, I am content with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage in all fifty states.
Despite my beliefs on homosexuality and other political issues changing throughout my early adult life, I actually did not come out of the closet until almost the end of my undergraduate career. At one point, I was a hardcore libertarian, supporting open borders and no government intervention in the economy, but now, my views have moderated on both issues. Currently, I support a controlled, merit-based immigration system and understand the importance of assimilation into American culture. I also believe government has a limited responsibility to intervene in the economy in order to protect the environment and consumers (e.g., regulate big tech and social media companies as public utilities).
As I learn more information and expose myself to a variety of viewpoints, I do not expect my opinions to necessarily change, but I do expect them to evolve.
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