The GOP’s Marry-Go-Round

By Tony Perkins, FRC

Whoever declared an end to the marriage debate must not have consulted Republicans. While the media is busy eulogizing one of the hottest issues of the last 15 years, those who vote for GOP candidates are saying, “not so fast!” Turns out, pronouncing marriage dead is convenient — but not credible.
Earlier this spring, FRC and American Values set out to gauge how the Republican base really feels about an issue that, until recently, was non-negotiable in the GOP. With help from Wilson Research Strategies, we asked a couple straightforward questions about the party’s core values — and what pollsters found might surprise you. Public opinion on marriage isn’t the runaway train that liberals want you to believe it is. A whopping 82% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe marriage “should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.”
And respondents didn’t just agree with that statement — 74% strongly agreed. What’s more, they’re tired of their elected leaders ignoring the issue — or worse, pushing the party in the opposite direction. Three-quarters (75%) of respondents rejected the idea that “politicians should support the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples” (with 67% strongly agreeing). That should be a wakeup call to the GOP Establishment, which, for the last few years, has thrown its weight behind some highly controversial candidates under the guise of “building a bigger tent.” As far as the base is concerned, that’s an incredibly short-sighted strategy that does more to divide the party than unite it. Clearly, the vast majority of the GOP continues to see marriage a non-negotiable plank of the national platform and want to see their elected officials uphold it as the standard to stand for, encourage, and promote in law.
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