Funny. Been keeping one eye on SCOTUS and the gay marriage issue, but I tell you, this issue doesn’t have the urgency for me it once did. The country has simply come around. Terry Madonna over at F&M tweeted this earlier today:
So regardless of what SCOTUS does – it seems to me this battle’s been won. Oh, SCOTUS may ultimately wind up kicking it back to the states, and I have little doubt that many states will continue fighting to keep TEH DREADED GAYZ from getting hitched. But to the extent the Republican Party continues to the be party of keeping the queers down – it will continue to wound them grievously with younger voters:
There is a sharp generational divide among Republicans on the issue. Overall, 56 percent of Republicans oppose legal gay marriage.
But I asked the CBS polling team for a breakdown by age, and the result was that among Republicans under 50, a plurality of 49 percent supports legalizing gay marriage, versus only 46 percent who oppose it.
What’s more, the poll also shows that support for gay marriage is even higher among the voter groups that Democrats are increasingly relying on. For instance, among voters under 30 overall, a stunning 73 percent back marriage equality. And among college educated whites — a key pillar of the Democratic coalition of the future — 68 percent support gay marriage.
The GOP has to evolve to appease its own young voters – let alone appeal to those who now vote Democratic.
But not so fast! says Mike Huckabee, who warns the GOP that if they embrace gay marriage, “the base” will make them pay:
When asked if he believes the Republican Party will change its position and support gay marriage in a Wednesday Newsmax interview, Huckabee remarked, “They might, and if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.”
So consider the rock and hard place the GOP is wedged between. Continue as the party of keeping the queers down = alienate the demographics the party desperately needs to revitalize and win.
Embrace gay marriage = lose arguably the most committed members of the current Republican coalition.