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Will GOP'ers Change Stance On Gay Marriage?

With the Supreme Court ordering gay marriage legal in all 50 states, some Republicans are succumbing to pressure to accept the decision. Will GOP'ers change their stance on gay marriage?

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last 24 hours | washingtonpost
Va. Republicans vow to protect religious rights after gay marriage ruling - Washington Post

"...What's less clear is whether such tactics will harm the GOP's chances with a general electorate in which acceptance of same-sex marriage and disapproval of allowing businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians is growing. In Virginia, a key presidential battleground next year, Democrats are likely to seize on Republican initiatives that could be used to cast the GOP as out of step with the majority.Republicans have not specified what proposals they plan to offer, but House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) has asked Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), deputy majority leader and a former prosecutor, to review what other states have done before they decide what action to take in Virginia...." see full article

1290 days ago | annistonstar
Alabama GOP faces shifting ground on same-sex marriage - Anniston Star
"...A decade ago, there wasn't a single state where a majority of voters supported same-sex unions. President George W. Bush made a constitutional ban on gay marriage a plank in his 2004 platform, and won re-election. Democrats at the time often gave the topic a wide berth, voicing support for less sacred-sounding "civil unions" if they dared talk about gay nuptials at all.Fast forward to 2015. Gay men and lesbians serve openly in the military and gay-marriage counties in Alabama are more common than cities where one can buy booze on Sunday. A Pew Research Center poll put support for same-sex marriage at 57 percent nationwide as of June, and other polls suggest support for gay unions crossed the 50 percent mark a few years ago.That shift could pose a problem for GOP candidates, who must appeal to the party's core voters many of whom are social conservatives while trying to position the party for future elections...." see full article

1292 days ago | politico
Republicans Are Too Angry About Gay Marriage - Politico

"...Most Americans would probably consider these dark times, too.I wish that Cruz's comments had been an anomaly, but his harsh words were echoed in the official reactions of too many of the 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Yes, Cruz was referring specifically to the court's reasoning behind the same sex marriage and Obamacare rulings something he and many other conservatives, with good reason, consider vast overreach. But this distinction is probably not what most Americans heard.As a former conservative radio personality, who used to use the same kind of over the top rhetoric with the same recklessness, I cringed. I believe that libertarian and conservative Republicans have the best ideas for the country. But fewer people are going to listen to those ideas if millions continue to believe that Republicans are intolerant of large swathes of Americans...." see full article

1295 days ago | washingtonpost
How the reaction to the gay marriage ruling could hurt the GOP's 2016 nominee - Washington Post (blog)

"...That kind of extremism not just proposing radical ideas, but also being ready to shut down the government or have it default on its debts, and refusing to accept the legitimacy of the institutions of American government has been one of the hallmarks of the Obama era in the history of the GOP. Plenty of Republicans find that deeply troubling, but they aren't the ones who have been defining the party's identity for the past six years.It's possible that once the party chooses its nominee presuming it's someone like Bush or Rubio, and not someone like Cruz and that nominee sets about trying to convince the middle of the American electorate that he's a reasonable guy, all this noise will be quickly forgotten. But it will make that nominee's task significantly harder, as his last couple of predecessors discovered...." see full article

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1298 days ago | fivethirtyeight
The GOP May Regret Its Lasting Battle Against Gay Marriage - FiveThirtyEight
"...A look at public opinion on same-sex marriage and what drives party affiliation suggests that Cruz, Walker and the other candidates on the right may be risking the party's appeal in the general election. The Republican Party's opposition to same-sex marriage is one of the top positions that may have kept voters from identifying with and potentially voting for the GOP.Polling generally suggests that same-sex marriage is not a top issue for most voters. A February CNN/ORC survey found that just 17 percent of Americans said the issue of gay marriage would be extremely important in choosing a candidate to support for president the lowest of any of nine issues tested.But digging deeper provides a different perspective. Beyond the importance voters place upon it directly, gay marriage may have symbolic power because of the messages it sends to voters about the parties...." see full article

1298 days ago | salon
GOP candidates' same-sex marriage test: Who's willing to be honest about what ... - Salon

"...Here is an honest thing that these candidates will say, or at least imply: that there will be no amendment to the Constitution rolling back the right to same-sex marriage. This couldn't go anywhere a dozen years ago, when the Supreme Court first recognized gay peoples' right to have sex, and it won't go anywhere now, when strong majorities of the country support the right to same-sex marriage. It is hard to pass any constitutional amendment that rolls back an extension of freedoms. That's sort of the point.This is a simple test of integrity in the solicitation of votes. If the candidate promises to pursue a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage: Fraud! If the candidate rejects or even just sidesteps that question: Not fraud! (At least on that issue.)..." see full article

1299 days ago | theweek
How 2016 Republicans are proving their impotence on gay marriage - The Week Magazine
"...But here's the thing: Republicans who work in Washington tend to support gay rights, as do most of the party's major donors. This moderate consultant class creates ads for candidates who don't support gay rights, or for candidates who secretly do but can't make that admission in public. A party has set itself up to fail when its consultants are selling crap they wouldn't buy themselves.Each election cycle, a coterie of GOP strategists cling to the same fantasy about the electorate: that a hidden majority of conservatives will finally rise up in anger and defeat the advance of liberalism. (Democrats have the same rather fantastical belief in the power of populism to defeat the advance of corporatism.)..." see full article

1299 days ago | nytimes
GOP Hopefuls Denounce Marriage Equality Ruling - New York Times

"...Yet acceptance of same-sex marriage inside the party continues to be outside the norm. The official party platform states that marriage between a man and a woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage and promote. There are no members of the senior Republican leadership in Congress who publicly support same-sex marriage. There is not a single openly gay or lesbian Republican lawmaker in the House or the Senate. Just one Republican governor, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, signed a brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn laws banning same-sex marriage...." see full article

1301 days ago | washingtonpost
The Supreme Court just did Republicans a huge favor on gay marriage - Washington Post (blog)

"...Publicly, of course, most Republicans, and particularly those running for president, disagreed with the ruling to one degree or another. There was the angry denunciation Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that, said Bobby Jindal and the careful line-walking I believe in traditional marriage. I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments, said Jeb Bush.But, the simple political reality is that the fight over gay marriage has long been over. Public opinion has surged in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to marry over the last decade, and young people (even Republican young people) are far more tolerant of allowing gays to marry than are those 65 years and older...." see full article

1302 days ago | politico
The Grand Old Partys future shock - Politico

"...The court did the GOP a big favor, though, by disposing of the gay marriage (and Obamacare) rulings six months before the first primary ballots are cast, giving the Republican camps time to sort out their differences. For the moment, the most unifying default position for Republicans is to blame the Roberts court for the Obamacare and marriage decisions, even though evangelicals played a critical role in winning the appointments of its ostensibly conservative majority. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's response to the marriage decision was dour enough, but his disappointment was directed more at the court than at backers of the marriage equality movement. We live in a republic and must abide by the law, Rubio said in a more-in-sorrow-than-anger statement. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood. But no serious candidate has steered as close to the center on gay marriage as Bush. He supported Indiana's anti-gay-marriage religious freedom law, then subsequently told donors he wanted to avoid all the yelling and screaming of the debate...." see full article

1302 days ago | salon
The GOP's apocalyptic gay-marriage freakout: "I will not acquiesce to an ... - Salon

"...Among the things for which conservatives have a knack, their ability to hold back the tide of equality by changing the debate is unrivaled. They did it with Jim Crow laws. They're doing it now with Voter ID laws. And they continue to sidestep Roe v. Wadewith all varieties of medieval, anti-choice de facto abortion bans, as well as restrictions against reproductive freedom, specifically access to affordable contraception. When it comes to all of these issue areas, the far-right will continue to exert its stupid-strength in the face of being not just on the wrong side of history, but completely divorced from the lessons of history...." see full article

1302 days ago | brookings
On Obamacare & same sex marriage, the GOP wins big - Brookings Institution (blog)
"...If the Court issued decisions in King and Obergefell in the opposite directions, Republicans would be on the defensive. People would be losing health care; the gay rights and equality-oriented communities would feel further disenfranchised. The left would be irate and mobilized to help get Democrats elected and fight for the issues they believe are fundamental. The opposite would happen on the political right. Obamacare would collapse and would no longer be topic to unify Republican politics nor would it be an effective topic for fundraising.In a similar twist, a conservative victory on same sex marriage would have quelled Republicans' political strategy centered on culture wars big business in politics for both parties and a very effective venue from which to fundraise. In fact, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted something similar at a University of Chicago Law School event on Roe v. Wade. She argued that although the ruling provided women reproductive rights, it empowered opponents. She explained, The court had given the opponents a target to aim at relentlessly. The same can be true for same sex marriage. The ruling in Obergefell gives opponents of same sex marriage a feeling of betrayal from the Supreme Court and a threat from a rapidly changing society. Obergefell, like Roe, may be the new target to aim at relentlessly and GOP strategists know it!..." see full article

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