Republicans are supposed to be about less Government both at home and overseas.
Do “smaller Governments” tell consenting adults who they can marry?
The issue is coming to a head as the Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage.
If the GOP is smart they will back the rights of individuals to marry either the opposite sex or the same sex.
Gay marriage is going to happen so do Republicans want to be sticks-in-the-mud or not?
If the GOP stays anti-gay marriage Liberals and the press (same thing, I know) will pillar them at every opportunity. If, on the other hand, they decide to drop the issue they will take heat for it but it will be short lived.
There are many religious voters – Value Voters as they were once called and Soccer Moms before that – who are against gay marriage but they will simply have to adjust. They might not like it and they might sit out a few elections but they aren’t going to vote Democrat nor will they be able to start a 3rd party.
In other words, where else will they really go? And just as some pro-gun, pro-life Democrats exist so will some anti-gay marriage Republicans continue to survive.
What makes gay marriage so different from abortion as a social issue is that if two men or women decide to marry they are consenting adults whereas in cases of abortion only the mother can “consent.” So Republicans can still claim the moral high ground and to be “family oriented.”
The nation is turning more secular but in this case I don’t see it as being a bad thing. People should have freedom to organize their life how they see fit. And in many ways the comparison to being opposed to inter-racial marriage is much like being opposed to gay marriage.
Republicans could always continue to oppose gay marriage – and continue to carry those Value Voters – but this undermines their argument that they are the party of Liberty and “Don’t Tread on Me.”
The times they are a changin’ and does the GOP want to roll with it or get rolled over?