STARNES: The GOP’s Seismic Shift on Same-Sex Marriage

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The Republican Party is undergoing a cultural shift — and it’s going to be seismic. For the past decade the GOP has moved to the center left on some of the major culture issues of the day. And to the far left on issues regarding sex and gender. 

Will you support the GOP if they embrace same-sex marriage?

That’s why I was not all that surprised when 47 House Republicans joined Democrats to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act.”

If it becomes law – the legislation would codify same-sex marriage. It would become the law of the land. 

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Here’s a list of the Republicans who joined Democrats to thumb their nose at the biblical definition of marriage:

Reps. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Cliff Bentz (Ore.), Ken Calvert (Calif.), Kat Cammack (Fla.), Mike Carey (Ohio), Liz Cheney (Wyo.), John Curtis (Utah), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Tom Emmer (Minn.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.), Mike Garcia (Calif.), Carlos Gimenez (Fla.), Tony Gonzales (Texas), Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio), Ashley Hinson (Iowa), Darrell Issa (Calif.), Chris Jacobs (N.Y.), David Joyce (Ohio), John Katko (N.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), Nancy Mace (S.C.), Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Peter Meijer (Mich.), Dan Meuser (Pa.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), Blake Moore (Utah), Dan Newhouse (Wash.), Jay Obernolte (Calif.), Burgess Owens (Utah), Scott Perry (Pa.), Tom Rice (S.C.), Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Bryan Steil (Wis.), Chris Stewart (Utah), Mike Turner (Ohio), Fred Upton (Mich.), David Valadao (Calif.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Ann Wagner (Mo.), Michael Waltz (Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (N.Y.).

The New York Times called the Republican support remarkable. But if you’ve been paying attention, it’s not all that remarkable.

Last year RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel enraged Evangelicals by endorsing Gay Pride month.

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“Happy #PrideMonth!” she wrote on Twitter, “@GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.”

The tide is indeed shifting on issues like gay marriage within the Grand Old Party. And leadership is not worried about offending the party’s evangelical base. 

Inside the Beltway they believe that Evangelicals are locked in — and will never abandon the party. But if the Evangelicals do bolt — the Republicans will never win another national election. 

Regardless, Republicans were willing to take that chance. They thumbed their nose at the base of the part along with the Holy Bible in hopes of winning over LGBT Democrats – for better or for worse.

The question now is whether the marriage between Republicans and Evangelicals is headed for divorce court.

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