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GOP Shifting Opinions on Same-Sex Marriage

Posted on: May 4, 2015

While the Supreme Court has started to hear arguments on whether same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right, many of those who have struggled to accept the rapidly changing political and societal landscape are slowly coming around.

Same-sex marriage

56% of Republicans stated they would attend a same-sex wedding if invited.

Not everyone is so ready to get on board with marriage equality, of course. Rick Santorum recently stated he would never attend a friend or family member’s same-sex wedding. In reply, President Barack Obama now famously quipped at the White House Correspondent’s Gala, “to which gays and lesbians across the country responded, ‘that’s not going to be a problem. Don’t sweat that one.’”

The majority of Republicans in the 2016 race for the White House are opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage. However when questioned, nearly all of them stated they would attend the wedding of a same-sex couple. Those include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that more than half of all Republicans in the U.S. would attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one. Of those Republicans who responded, 56% said they would attend if invited, and 68% of all Americans would attend. 13% stated they were unsure, and 19% stated no.

For Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, he stated while he hasn’t been to a wedding, he did attend a same-sex reception. “For a family member, Tonette and I and our family have already had a family member who’s had a reception. I haven’t been at a wedding. That’s true even though my position on marriage is still that it’s defined between a man and a woman, and I support the constitution of the state. But for someone I love, we’ve been at a reception,” he told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

This is a huge leap for many Republicans, who are feeling the pressure as opposing same-sex marriage grows more politically complicated.

Ken Mehlman, a openly gay Republican political strategist stated, “When people see couples who have married, they see love, they see more stability, they see more commitment and they see more compassionate care for people who are old and are sick and more stable homes where children are being raised.”

Said Frank Keating, former Oklahoma governor and an opponent of same-sex marriage, “The country has moved decidedly in the direction of gay unions. That doesn’t mean those of us who have always been of the view that marriage is between a man and a woman will not be heard. It’s just that things have changed, and this is an issue that has changed the dynamics of the conversation.”

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