On April 5, 2014, the Women’s Republican Club held its first installment of its “Republican Women Think for Themselves Luncheon and Lecture” series and warmly welcomed Maggie Gallagher as speaker.
Over 60 guests enjoyed the luncheon and lecture and the brief remarks of GOP Attorney General Candidate Paul Schimpf. Other GOP candidates attending included David Stolman (Lake County Treasurer) and Carla Wyckoff (County Clerk).
Ms. Gallagher’s lecture led off with an American Principles Project analysis of the GOP’s 2012 failure to capture the White House, noting it was not social, but economic issues that kept voters away from the GOP. She focused other remarks on the perils to free speech and free expression if gay marriage becomes the law of the land, noting that anyone who believes in the “Genesis version” of marriage (which even President Obama and Hilary Clinton endorsed up until a year ago) may face the type of treatment Brendan Eich did when ousted from Mozilla simply for supporting—as a private individual--- an amendment to California’s constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Gallagher urged traditional marriage advocates fight back and not remain silent when being unjustly labelled as “unfair” or “bigoted” by those who would redefine marriage. She noted the inappropriateness of name-calling as a substitute for honest debate as there are as yet, not fully explored but ominous consequences for children, population growth and a successful civilization if marriage is redefined, continually devalued by redefinition (i.e. marriage is for anyone who loves anyone) and rendered irrelevant, all to the grave detriment of the universally accepted ideal for rearing children: a two-parent family with a mom and a dad.