Republican politicians and gay marriage

I half-noticed articles about Republicans endorsing gay marriage the other day, but didn’t pay much attention, because most of what I saw featured a head-shot of Jon Huntsman– not exactly in the mainstream of the Republican party (good for him, of course).  The headline of this short Slate piece, confirmed my initial reaction to essentially ignore this as news, “Why Only Two Republicans in Congress Admit to Supporting Gay Marriage.”  So, of these 82 Republicans who signed on to a legal brief supporting gay marriage, a whopping 4 hold political office and only 2 hold federal political office.  I guess it’s a good thing that Republican “politicians” support gay marriage, but it will actually matter when Republican office-holders support gay marriage. 

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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