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Gay Marriage Issue Actually Helps GOP

cme Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 11:39 AM
I love Michael Medved and lean against government recognition of gay marriage (although I’m fairly ambivalent), but I don’t think it’s accurate to view gay marriage as a help to Republicans, especially in blue states. Here in MN, Obama may have outperformed opposition to the marriage amendment, but from what I saw in terms of yard signs and on Facebook, people were much more enthused to vote against the marriage amendment than they were to vote for Obama.
Conventional wisdom argues that opposition to gay marriage hurt Republicans in the recent election cycle, but nothing in the numbers suggests that this is true.
 
In the four liberal states where advocates for same-sex marriage won their victories, the redefinition of marriage proved much less popular than Barack Obama. In Maryland, for instance, Obama cruised to victory with 62 percent of the vote, but same-sex marriage squeaked by with just 52 percent. In other words, more than one out of six of Obama supporters voted with Republicans, not their fellow Democrats, against same sex marriage.
 
In Maryland, Maine, Washington...