July 23, 2013

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus has once again suggested there’s a more inviting way for the GOP to express its opposition to LGBT equality, but suggested he didn’t want to go as far as expressing “tolerance.” Speaking with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Priebus said he doesn’t care for the word “tolerance” and made it clear that the party’s positions were not abandoning that there’s “only one sovereign God”:

PRIEBUS: I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction. I happen to believe that our principles are sound. I do believe, and I still will tell you that our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. Our party believes that life begins at conception. I think those are foundational issues that aren’t going anywhere but what I have said, which I don’t think should be controversial at all and I would think that Christians and pastors and everyone in between should agree that our principles have to be draped in the concepts of grace, love and respect and that’s not code language, that’s the New Testament. [...]

So ‘tolerance’ — maybe some people use that word, what I would tell you, when I think about it, I think about grace, I think about love, and I think about respect, and I think those are things that are very square with our beliefs as Christians.