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Death Of A Wedge Issue: 4 Ways GOP Presidential Hopefuls Reacted To Same-Sex Marriage Decision

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Death Of A Wedge Issue: 4 Ways GOP Presidential Hopefuls Reacted To Same-Sex Marriage Decision

AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm

AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow rulings that recognize the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry in five states was a massive step forward in the drive for marriage equality. But it could also scramble the GOP’s political calculus in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

In the past, Republican candidates have almost uniformly spoken out against same-sex marriage. So you might expect the party’s 2016 contenders to voice their dissatisfaction and grumble loudly in the wake of Monday’s news. However, many have instead chosen to bite their tongues.

Here are the four ways the GOP’s 2016 hopefuls have responded to the big news:



  1. howa4x October 8, 2014

    The issue for republicans is that same sex marriage will be legal in all 50 States by the time the 2016 election rolls around. Evangelicals like Huckabee will be pressing the candidates to promise to do something, and pragmatists will be moving past the issue. Once average people see that this has not brought about the end of time and that they probably know a couple that is gay, this will only be an issue for the extreme right and have no real effect on the election. This is going to be just like the ACA. Once a million people are married, what are you going to do, revoke their license?

    1. Reno October 15, 2014


      “What are you going to do, revoke their license?”

      Don’t give them ideas, a substance they sadly lack.

  2. charleo1 October 9, 2014

    It must be frightening to the Right Wingers, to have one of their most divisive
    and base animating issues, just snatched from their grasp like this. Heaven forbid they should be forced to abandon what has been one of their most effective divide, and conquer, issues. And thus, have to rely on their record,
    or come up with some suggestions as to how they propose to address some of the Country’s most vexing challenges. Like, how to we rebalance the growing disparity of wealth, between the few super rich, and everyone else. Or how to finally reform a broken immigration system, and deal fairly with the very real, and very human consequences of that failed system. And frankly, how to keep their Party platform, against Gay Rights, from sounding very similar to some of history’s worst Human Rights violators. Such as the former Soviet Union, and the current Russian Federation, South Africa’s Apartheid, or Nazi Germany. All of these repressive regimes denied same sex couples, the Right to marry, or adopt. And most all passed anti-miscegenion laws, as well. Including, our own Congress, not all that long ago in this Country. Designed to ostracize, disenfranchise, and unconstitutionally single out as second class citizens, first those of a different race, and now, the 30 million or so, LGBT minorities.

  3. tdm3624 October 14, 2014

    Oh Ted Cruz, was it judicial activism when the Supreme Court said owning a gun was an individual right? When they said it was OK for corporations to spend unlimited money on your reelection bid? Didn’t think so.

  4. jmprint October 15, 2014

    Well we all know Ted Cruz is above God, the Law and now the juducial system.


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