Republicans are becoming more open to marriage equality and civil unions:
A CBS News/New York Times poll released Monday found that 49 percent of the delegates to the Republican convention support allowing same-sex marriages or civil unions. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
A CNN/Opinion Research Poll conducted in May found that nearly half of those surveyed supported either same-sex marriages or civil union. Twenty-four percent supported same-sex marriages, while 27 percent backed civil unions. Forty-three percent backed neither option. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points
Although, as an Obama supporter, I think that the Log Cabin Republicans should have sat this one out and endorsed no one, it’s clear that the work they and other gay Republicans are doing is having an effect. Half of all Republican delegates is huge considering where we were just a few years ago. That increase didn’t happen because Republicans were routinely called hate-mongers, homophobes, and bigots. It happened because gays have been increasingly coming out of the shadows. It’s happening because people are working with supporters within the Republican party to show them that being against marriage equality is not anathema to being a good Republican.
Mostly, it’s happening because John McCain spent 5 years in a prison camp and didn’t have any homosexuals to hate.