After being a lifelong Democrat, I changed my registration to independent prior to the August runoff elections. The final straw was the intent to include support for gay marriage in the party platform. I won't support or hold membership in an organization that advocates a policy in direct opposition to biblical teaching. I had requested that our state party take a stand against the support for gay marriage, but party leaders seem more in tune with the national party rather than Oklahoma members.
I didn't register Republican because of what I perceive as a lack of compassion for the poor and needy, at least by party leaders. True compassionate conservatism is what I'm looking for. For now, that means being an independent.
Raymond Johnson, Ada