The Republicans are dying for the issue of gay marriage to go away and the only way they surmise that can happen is if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. That would take it off the table and it wouldn’t be their doing. As it stands right now, it’s a political liability for the GOP. I would venture to say, even if it’s struck down, though they will get a fig leaf of sorts, they still won’t welcome the LGBT community with open arms.
The Week: “Most members of the Republican Party hope that the Supreme Court will not use the two gay-marriage cases it heard this week to issue a broad ruling affirming the constitutional right of gays and lesbians to marry.
We have seen the Republican Party proven wrong time after time for their archaic views that are anti-women’s rights, anti-gay, anti-everything. DOMA is a morally corrosive piece of legislation that runs contrary to everything this country stands for — all men are created equal. The Republicans are doing what they accuse President Obama of doing — failing to lead. Why hide behind the robes of the Supreme Court? If you privately believe gays and lesbians should be treated equally under the law, then have the guts to say so.
Politico: ”So if there’s hope in Republican circles for a conclusive ruling — one that would put gay marriage out of bounds as an issue in the 2016 presidential election — there’s little reason to be confident of such an outcome.”
“Gay marriage has become a dividing line in recent weeks within the GOP, separating the political strategists who lead the party and who tend to have more liberal views on gay rights from the party’s heavily religious base.”
“One of the reasons some Republicans hope for a pro-gay marriage ruling from the Supreme Court is that barring a judicial resolution to the issue, there’s no obvious way for the party to liberalize on gay rights without angering its most fervent rank-and-file supporters.”
One problem with that — right wing evangelicals, like Mike Huckabee, claim they will ditch the party. That’s laughable because one has to ask where will they go? To the Democratic side?