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Gay Marriage Issue Actually Helps GOP

dcoetzee Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 9:38 PM
There are a lot of reasons this bizarre reasoning doesn't make sense. First of all, many of those states overwhelmingly support civil unions, which Romney opposed (he said he opposes anything that is "marriage by another name", or in other words, equal). Second, there's no reason to believe that voters who currently oppose same-sex marriage would flock to any candidate who agrees with that viewpoint - there are a lot of other issues they would consider. Third, the proportion of people opposing same-sex marriage has been on the decline for many years, and will continue to shrink, making opposing it a terrible long-term political strategy.
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...