I don’t think we appreciated what a big deal it was when Senator Rob Portman endorsed marriage equality late last week. For one, he was actually a co-sponsor of DOMA. For another, he was the first sitting US GOP Senator to support gay marriage. And finally, his announcement has stirred up a bit of a firestorm of ongoing reactions from the right.
Today, there’s more. We’ll start with sad old Senator John McCain, who has fallen so far in recent years. As Dot429 reports, he continues his hard line on marriage equality, even though his wife and daughter disagree with him:
McCain told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Friday that the country would not see him change his mind, as the issue is at odds with his beliefs. “I respect anyone else’s decision and we all learn in life and grow and mature. I have changed my position on other issues in my life, but on this one, I had not contemplated changing my position,” he said.
Another failed presidential candidate chimes in – Towleroad.com reports that Rick Santorum thinks gay marriage is still unnatural, Rob Portman’s evolution notwithstanding:
“Well I’m not changing my opinion on that issue. The bottom line is that marriage is a foundational institutution of our society and one that we need to encourage for the benefit of our children and for the future of our society. Marriage is a thing of nature. Men and women come together and form the bond by which to raise the next generation. No other relationship – you can call it marriage – but no other relationship accomplishes what real marriage accomplishes.”
And Brad Knickerbocker at the Christian Science Monitor wonders if the future of the GOP is tied to marriage equality:
The extent to which it can attract young, Hispanic, and women voters now more likely to vote Democrat, how quickly the economy recovers (and who is given credit or blame, House Republicans or the White House), perceptions about the party’s concern for middle class and working class Americans – “the 47 percent” Mitt Romney disastrously derided during the presidential campaign. But one issue is becoming increasingly important: same-sex marriage. There’s a clear difference of opinion between younger and older voters, between younger and older elected Republicans, and certainly between social conservatives (in recent decades a key part of the GOP base) and those who confess to libertarian tendencies.
Who will be next in the GOP to embrace marriage equality?