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Gay marriage is settled, GOP activists say

As bans against gay marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.

This month, the Nevada Republican party dropped statements on marriage from its party platform, making it the second state party in the nation to do so after Indiana’s GOP quietly jettisoned its plank in 2012. A gay-rights group last week launched a $1 million campaign to get the national party to remove from its platform a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, while a group of major Republican donors is pushing for the GOP to become more supportive of gay rights across the board.

“There are people with sincerely held beliefs on both sides of the marriage issue, and that seems to be where the party is heading,” said Jeff Cook-McCormac, an adviser to the American Unity Fund, which has been financed by wealthy donors such as hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer to push the GOP to back gay rights. “The Republican Party in Nevada is doing something that I think we’re going to see a lot more of, which is appealing to the things that unite Republican voters across the country — bread and butter issues.”

But social conservatives warn that if the GOP abandons its core moral principles, it may also lose loyal voters.

“It is very much a mistake for the GOP to step away from marriage. The rank-and-file Republicans, mainstream Republicans, very much believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Chris Plante, spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage. “For the GOP to give in to elites, to promises of money, and to progressives within the party is the wrong thing. It’s bad politics. Marriage is a winning issue.”

The greatest test will come in Nevada, a swing state where the state party also dropped its opposition to abortion during its biannual convention on April 12. The push arose from Clark County, home to libertine Las Vegas and three-quarters of the state’s population.

“Younger people believe they’re getting screwed by the Democrats on fiscal issues, and screwed by Republicans on social issues,” said Nick Phillips, the Clark County party’s political director. “Take that away, and you’ve got a party you can get behind.”

The state has no organized bloc of socially conservative voters. The state’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, supports abortion rights, recently decided to drop the state’s defense of a lawsuit challenging its gay-marriage ban, and is so popular that no significant Democrat is challenging him for re-election this year. But there is still some bitterness over the platform within the party, which has been riven for years by infighting among rival conservative factions.

“If they come up with a totally neutered, watered-down platform that stands for nothing, they’re going to disgust the base,” said Ira Hansen, a Republican Nevada assemblyman. “They alienate them and humiliate them and then expect them to vote.”

Seventeen states allow gay marriage and 59 percent of Americans supported it in a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. That’s a sharp turnaround from a decade ago, when same-sex marriage was a Republican wedge issue that galvanized social conservatives and was widely unpopular with voters. Although a majority of Republicans remain opposed to gay marriage, the dynamic is reversed among younger members of the GOP. A Pew Research Poll found 61 percent of Republicans ages 18 to 29 supported gay marriage.

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The rich strike back

NEW YORK Just a few months ago, it looked like 2014 would be the year of the populist, with Democrats running on economic inequality, tea party Republicans bashing banks and newly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledging to soak the rich with higher taxes. That was so January.

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CPAC 2014: Despite Ben Carson's speech, gay marriage mostly took a back seat at CPAC

Gay marriage didnt get much attention from the stage at last weeks Conservative Political Action Conference, but many in the rank-and-file still fall on the side of defending traditional marriage and say its an issue on which Republicans should stand firm.

You cant legislate morals, said Robert Geyer, a 47-year-old CPAC attendee who works for an oil company in Baltimore. The system of marriage and our society works. But if youre going to make homosexuality a privileged class and force everybody else into that, [its] going to break the system down.

At a time when polls suggest voters are increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage, the issue continues to roil conservatives. After years of prominent battles, CPAC downplayed the issue this year, with just a few speakers mentioning it prominently.

One of those who did was Ben Carson, who finished third in The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll, and who told the annual conservative gathering that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Still, even Mr. Carson acknowledged it was a good thing there werent too many panels devoted to social issues on CPACs agenda this year.

There are so many gigantic issues right now. The ships about to go off the cliff and we really need to be focusing on those, Mr. Carson told The Times. The social issues are more like barnacles on the side of the ship, and we have plenty of time to get those off the ship after we get it turned around so that we dont go over the cliff.

Fifty-four percent of the public favors gay marriage, but opinion is still sharply split along party lines, according to numbers released Monday by the Pew Research Center: 69 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democrat support it, compared to 39 percent of Republicans and GOP leaners.

However, among Republicans under the age of 30, 61 percent support gay marriage and just 35 percent oppose it.

This is the civil rights issue of the 21st century, said CPAC attendee Alexander McCobin, president of the group Students for Liberty.

But Matt Spalding of Hillsdale College said the prospect of government defining marriage should scare civil libertarians and social conservatives alike.

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Republicans young-people problem

Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party is struggling to attract nonwhite voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.

But a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials defined as those between the ages of 18 and 33 suggests that Republicans will have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.

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Chris Cillizza is founder and editor of The Fix, a leading blog on state and national politics. He is the author of The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insiders Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics and an MSNBC contributor and political analyst. He also regularly appears on NBC and NPRs The Diane Rehm Show. He joined The Post in 2005 and was named one of the top 50 journalists by Washingtonian in 2009.

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Republicans have another major demographic issue on their hands

Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party continues to struggle to attract non-white voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.

But, a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials defined as those between the ages of 18 and 30 suggests that Republicans have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.

The findings suggest that millennials attraction to Democratic/liberal policies extends beyond the candidacy (and presidency) of Barack Obama.

Obamas 21-point victory among 18-29 year-olds in 2008 and his 16-point margin four years later showed that he had an ability unique among politicians (Democrats or Republicans) to motivate and unite an age group that has been the perennial sleeping giant of American politics. But Republicans held out hope that without a historic figure like Obama leading the ticket, millennials would be back in play in 2016 and beyond.

A cursory read of Pews massive survey of millennials seems to suggest that those hopes have merit. Fully half of all millennials describe themselves as political independents, more than 10 percentage points higher than any other generation tested by Pew. Just three in 10 (31percent) said there was a great deal of difference between the two parties. President Obamas approval rating among millennials has tumbled.

But, dig slightly deeper into the Pew numbers and its clear that the Democratic tendencies among millennials extend far beyond Obama.

When millennial independents are asked which party they lean toward, 50 percent say they either identify as Democratic or lean toward the Democratic Party. Just 34 percent identify as Republican or lean that way. (One thing millennials have in common with all other generations: Independents are mostly closet partisans.)

Three in 10 millennials identify as liberal in their political beliefs, 39percent call themselves moderate and 26percent view themselves as conservative. That makes millennials the only generation with more self-identified liberals than conservatives. (By comparison, just 18 percent of the silent generation people born between 1928 and 1945 identify as liberal while 45 percent call themselves conservative.)

More important and ultimately more impactful, politically speaking is how millennials feel about issues in the national conversation. Time and again, they come down on the more liberal side of those arguments.

Millennials stand out for voting heavily Democratic and for liberal views on many political and social issues, ranging from a belief in an activist government to support for same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, according to a Pew overview of the data.

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Legislature has 60 days to cut taxes, pass new laws on explosive issues

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Susanne Atanus: God Punishing Gay Marriage with Autism, Tornadoes, and Macular Degeneration – Video



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