The Republican Gay Marriage Divide

A legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, signed by prominent Republicans that include top advisers to former president George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress, reflects the growing split on gay marriage within the Republican Party.  

The brief will be submitted to the Supreme Court in support of a lawsuit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage.

Up before the Supreme Court next month will be two challenges to the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Prominent Republicans who once opposed gay marriage say they've "evolved" and now see marriage, whether same sex or opposite sex, as good for families and consistent with conservative values.

High-profile Republicans who now support gay marriage include former first lady Laura Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney and former secretary of state Colin Powell.

The party is increasingly acknowledging that the political ground is shifting on gay marriage -- faster than many realize -- and will soon divide the party.

A majority of Americans -- including a third of Republicans -- now support gay marriage. That figure is rapidly changing as young people reach voting age.

Recent polls show about 70% of Republicans under 30 support same-sex marriage.

The article from the New York Times.

Much to Joe Lhota's chagrin, influential Staten Island Republican James Molinaro likes the (married) gay mayoral candidate [New York Post.]

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