More Republicans are concluding that equality is a political hill worth dying on
Updated: Apr 25, 2020
About a week ago, former Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman stood before a ballroom full of LGBTQ activists and accepted an Ally Award from One Colorado.
Despite the recognition, it occurred to me that very few people in attendance truly understood the enormity of the sacrifice that propelled Coffman to that stage.
If asked, most people claim they would put moral conviction above personal gain. It’s a natural response that just feels like the right answer. We want to believe in our own strength of character.
But few people ever actually face such a choice in a truly meaningful way. Fewer still must decide between standing firm by her principles and a career built over the course of decades. And only in the rarest circumstance does anyone make that choice in the public eye and at the pinnacle of her profession.
That is precisely the position where Coffman found herself over the past five years. As a Republican supporting equal rights for the LGBTQ community, Coffman found herself at odds with the base of her party.