Is GOP Warming Up to Gay Marriage?
Many Republicans now prefer to focus on other issues, says Politico
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
Even die-hard social conservatives aren't focused on the issue right now.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – With public acceptance of same-sex couples on the rise, Republicans have quietly turned away from the once hot-button subject and toward economic issues, reports Politico. Not that the GOP is pro-gay marriage now—but it's not vehemently pushing to ban it anymore either, with some lawmakers discreetly removing calls for support of "traditional" marriage from many amendments and other legislation passing through the Capitol. Several leading Republicans have openly held fundraisers with the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans since 2010. "Twenty years ago they would have thrown us under the bus," says the group's leader.

Support for gay marriage is nearly 70% among 18-to-34-year-olds in the United States, according to one 2011 poll—even among Republicans, support has risen nine percentage points in one recent poll to 31%. “I personally have deep convictions about my children having a financially stable country that they can live in,” Rep. Allen West. "That’s what keeps me up awake at night, not worrying about who’s sleeping with who."

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Mar 31, 2012 11:12 AM CDT
I don't like gay people, i don't care they want to destroy marriage, i don't care they are bullied to death, i don't care muslims kill them. they annoy me
Mar 31, 2012 11:07 AM CDT
Listen! there is nothing to warm up to,in fact i prefer to stay far away from the trash! it is people like this that divide what this country stands for and real marriage! if their parents had been gay they would not have been born! dah! think of that! it takes a man and a woman to create a family,
Mar 31, 2012 2:06 AM CDT
don't know don't care...I remain indifferent