Maddow: Republicans don’t want to argue for their unpopular same sex marriage position

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 25, 2013 23:27 EDT
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On her show Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow accused Republicans of hoping their own position regarding same sex marriage would be overlooked.

She noted that while same sex marriage had become widely accepted within the Democratic Party, elected Republicans were still by and large opposed to letting same sex couples wed. Even moderate Democrats such as Sens. Claire McCaskill (MO) and Mark Warner (VA) have publicly stated their support for same sex marriage. Meanwhile, prominent Republicans have become silent about the issue.

“Republicans are sort of getting to the point where they don’t want to change their policy position on these matters, they just don’t want to be known for what their policy position is on this matter,” Maddow remarked. “They just want people to stop noticing it.”

“So even though the party platform for last year’s election and the Republican Party chairman, Reince Priebus, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the supposedly modern new Republicans like Marco Rubio, are all on the record now as still now rigidly anti-gay rights and not planning on changing, even as pretty much everybody in active and high-level Republican politics who is not named Rob Portman continues to stand firm against the threat of gay people having equal citizenship rights, at the same time, they mostly just don’t want to talk about it.”

Conservative figures like Tony Perkins and Gary Bauer were the ones attempting to make a case against same sex marriage, Maddow observed, rather than elected Republicans.

“This is the de facto position of the Republican Party, but Republicans don’t want to argue for it,” she said.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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