Are Republicans Changing Their Tune on Same-Sex Marriage?

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Republicans — especially those in the younger generation — are seeking to blaze new paths. Specifically on the issue of LGBTQ rights and the right to marry. Historically, the Republican party has had a number of weaknesses when it comes to appealing to certain constituents. Numerous studies have shown that Democrats are considerably more racially diverse and tend to appeal to women more than Republicans — regardless of age — while the GOP was 89 percent non-hispanic white, according to a 2013 Gallup poll in February. On topics such as immigration, tax reform, and abortion, Republicans have very clear leanings. In terms of abortion, for example,  68 percent of Republicans are “pro-life,” while 73 percent of Democrats are “pro-choice,” according to a Gallup poll.

But a group born out of Freedom to Marry called Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is working on building support among conservatives for same-sex marriage. The movement is a response to the growing number of people in the younger generations who are less aligned with historical conservative opinion on the issue. The movement is especially salient in light of state government rulings on marriage bans, which, as was the case in Michigan most recently, have been seeing a pattern of overturn and appeal. The Young Conservatives group outlined its “Roadmap to Victory” on how to shut down federal discrimination, with amassed public support, state marriage majorities, and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court.

The group hits back on the “protect the American family” rhetoric, saying “Marriage says ‘We are family‘ in a way no other word does,” noting that while “there have been attempts to create marriage-like relationship systems, … they don’t provide the same security and protections.”

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