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April 20th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Why are some in GOP calling for support of gay marriage?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As gay marriage legislation continues to pick up steam in several states, some Republicans are now calling on their party to get behind the movement. A top adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign warns that the GOP will keep losing young voters and the Northeast as long as they oppose same-sex marriages.

Meghan McCain (left) and Steve Schmidt (right) agree that it is harmful to the GOP for candidates to be perceived as anti-gay.

Steve Schmidt told a meeting of a gay rights group called the Log Cabin Republicans that it's harmful for GOP candidates to be seen as anti-gay in places like California, Washington and New York. Schmidt - who has a lesbian sister - called heterosexual marriage "a tradition, not a creed," and dismissed arguments from conservatives that allowing gay marriage would weaken the institution or that it could turn the GOP into a "sectarian party." Nonetheless, he acknowledged that he's unlikely to find support from many in his party in the near future.

One Republican who does agree is John McCain's daughter, Meghan. She addressed the same group over the weekend, saying there's "a war brewing in the Republican party" between the past and the future. Meghan McCain says that embracing new technology - like Twitter or Facebook - won't solve the party's problems; instead, the party needs to break free from "obsolete positions." Her dad must be loving this.

Earlier last week, John McCain's daughter had written an opinion piece called 'Memo to the GOP: Go Gay' urging Republicans to "get past our anti-gay rhetoric" if they want to gain significant support from younger voters. At a time when only one in four voters identifies themselves as a Republican, some are suggesting the perceived intolerance of the party on issues like gay marriage is costing them dearly.

Here’s my question to you: Why are some Republicans calling on their party to support same-sex marriage?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Cindy writes:
To get votes? Let's face it, Jack, the GOP is in a no-win situation. If they try to "pretend" they are for gay marriage just to get votes, then they lose the "right-wing conservative" votes and either way, they lose.

Diana from Santa Cruz, California writes:
Some Republicans have awakened from an eight year stupor and are facing the reality of the 21st century: Gays are not going to go back into the closet and are an important constituency in our country. Kudos to Meghan!

Jim from Honolulu, Hawaii writes:
As a liberal Republican (yes, there are a few of us left, although I prefer the word "progressive"), the answer is simple. The Right has lost the Cultural War, and decisively, and if we want to be more than an irrelevant regional party we better stop denying that fact. And besides, it's just the right and decent thing to do.

John from Alabama writes:
Jack, The real test will be the Republican platform in the presidential election of 2012. Will same-sex marriage be part of the platform?

Jan writes:
The Republicans shouldn't change their minds about gay marriage until Jesus does. By the way, didn't California vote against same-sex marriage? Forsaking morality for the sake of votes, I think not.

Rob from Brooklyn writes:
It’s because they’re trying to get people to vote for them. I'm gay and this isn't going to work. They’re the party of Darth Vader - nobody in their right mind should vote for the GOP.

Mike from California writes:
It's called grasping at straws.

Don from Milwaukee writes:
You said it, Jack: they simply want to attract more voters. As usual, it has nothing to do with what they really believe in – if they even know what that is – but rather simply vote maximization. If they thought the majority of the voters would vote for those who wore their underwear on their heads, they'd do it.


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Lexie, from CA

    They're just desparate!

    End of story.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  2. Jeff Crocket

    There are opinions regarding personal rights all over the spectrum of politics!!! The Media continues their "Us against Them" news headlines to sell newspapers and advertising!! Period!

    Jeff in New Britain, CT

    April 20, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  3. David in San Diego

    Some of then do so because they see the demographic handwriting on the wall and don't want to be on the wrong side of history. Others do it because they believe (and have believed) it is the right thing to do–and now, with some political cover, they can come out of the intolerance closet.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Jane (Minnesota)

    It's a good start for the GOP to return from the far right edge. It's refreshing to see a group of GOP'ers break out of the right wing Standards.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  5. Jay in Texas

    Because the huge majority of young Americans strongly support equal rights for all Americans and these Republican leaders are finally realizing that without support of the young, their party is surely going to die.
    Brownwood, Texas

    April 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    Republicans can do whatever they want, they will have forever the "tattoo" of obstructionist, whining, negative at all costs politicians. They can have all the technology, pander to gays just to get votes all they want to .... we all see through it and this Independent wil never vote for a Republican ever again!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  7. Jerry; Alpharetta, GA

    The drive behind the issue of gay marriages is not about what is right or wrong. Politicians are like the Wall Street gang, they are bent on attaining their personnel goals of power and money regardless of the consequences. It's all about winning the election, so if they can gain more support by approving of gay marriages, legalizing marijuana or making illegal immigrants citizens, they will do it. It is time for term limits so these poor congressmen and women don't have to fret about elections.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  8. hitman71

    wow.. they know they need the votes.........

    April 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    It looks like the GOP closet door is thrown wide open. There are more Larry Craig's than you may think.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  10. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Well, it's like this they tried to used Palin to get women voters, they are trying to use Steele to get black voters, they are trying to use Jindal to get some minority voters and now they are going after the gay voters. But the sad news is the far right will continue to push most people away becasue the far right is the biggest base of the Republicans party. The center get it, but the far right have a long way to go.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  11. Matt in NC

    Because it's the right thing to do!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  12. Chris Waddling

    Republicans are waking up to reality. They are testing the waters to see if they can woo new voters by getting behind a socially liberal policy while couching it in a way that conservatives can get understand. By taking a Libertarian, 'get government out of my life' stance, and finally talking about this civil rights issue without religion being part of it, they can do something the Democrats are afraid to do. They can show that they can get behind a social change movement that accepts reality, something Republicans haven't been very good at lately.

    Chris Waddling
    Binational Couples Outreach Director, Marriage Equality USA
    San Francisco, CA

    April 20, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  13. Larry -- Belton TX

    Because they don't see things the same way the bible-toaters do. And they are too stupid to understand that it will rip the RNC apart. Then again, sshhh... don't tell them so we can have fun watching.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  14. Larry Gerencser,,,,,,from Pennsylvania

    Its a ruse to gather the gay vote. There is no chance that any of them will go against their core principles.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  15. Larry -- Belton TX

    There a lot of gays who make more than 250-grand per year. And the RNC is desperate for a victory of any kind, so they are selling their corporate soul.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  16. Edward Martinelli

    Because supposed-Republicans like Meghan McCain and many of President Obama's supporters do not fully understand that the two-party system requires opposites. If both major parties support gay marriage and all that that will entail, then where do those opposed to such positions turn to? Look at how the participants in the tea parties were mocked by the Democrats and much of the liberal media when they attempted to protest.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  17. Ron from SF

    Could it be that there's finally some humanity and Christian tolerance in the Republican party? Naw, I'm just a dreamer.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  18. Stephen Wallace

    Why are some on the right calling to support same-sex marriage? I think there's a change coming to America – and it's a change I welcome.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  19. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    This "recommended" gay about face is nothing more than "pandering" to a voting block. If your beliefs are negotiable; then you are a career politician and need to be voted out.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  20. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Simple Jack,because only one out of four voters are Republican.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  21. George from NYC

    Because it's a backlash against the radical right, who has co-opted the party. Republicans are trying to move back to the center, and I think that's wonderful.

    The reality is that most people are indifferent to gay marriage. It's just hyped up by the hatemongers Ms. McCain is trying to rescue her party from. The very same hatemongers who cost her father the election, because he had to change himself too much to get them on board.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  22. Andrew

    These Republicans are simply going with the tide. They see that Americans are slowly but surely finally accepting gay marriage, and they are simply trying to beat the masses so that they can be on the "I told you so side" when gay marriage is legalized.

    Oceanside, New York

    April 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  23. Bill, Upper New York State

    Politics, Jack. Pure politics. The Republican conservatives can't bring themselves to accept the medical possibility that orientation may be determined in the first trimester by the level of testosterone reaching the hypothalamus, and not a real choice after all. But . . . they need the votes in the next election. So what else is new?

    April 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  24. simi,Lagos

    The GOP are absolutely disorganised,just like Jacob Zuma's ANC of South Africa

    April 20, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  25. Diana NJ

    Steve Schmidt is most likely trying to bridge the HUGE Gap the GOP has in reaching out to people...

    Meghan McCain is just SMART and not full of the negative part her party has enbrassed.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  26. clyde smith

    i think obama is doing the right thing with foriegn leaders keep your friends close but your enimies closer.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  27. Jenna Wade

    Why are some Republicans calling on their party to support same-sex marriage?

    Because they have actually read our US Constittution and found that the 14th Amendment covers ALL, not just straight citizens.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    April 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  28. Natalia, Albuquerque, NM

    Because the smart one's, like Meghan McCain, know that in order to keep from losing true fiscal conservatives, they need to distant themselves from the fringe radical right Christians conservatives whose beliefs polarize this country. In general, the younger generation is more tolerant and accepting of those different than themselves. In part, because younger people are more educated and the radical part of the base (the Roves, Gingrichs, and Palins) has managed to cause a split in the GOP. This was evident when Sen. McCain became their party's nominee and why he choose Palin. The country sees the intolerant far right tirades and do not want them to have any power in government policies. Meghan is right, the GOP needs to stop this anti-everything campaign and in order to not lose these "new" voters, the GOP must change their views and focus on looking as non-judgemental and accepting as possible.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  29. Paula in Albuquerque

    Their belief-system is perverted, by and large, anyway. Maybe this is another desperate effort to appear "current"...currying favor with ANYBODY, in order to galvanize some sort of voting-base, for seizing majorities, in future...

    This is speculative, of course. I find them too boring to ever pique my interest...and, I'm just guessing, here.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  30. Gene

    There's no secret to why some republicans are coming out with support for gay marriage. The winds are changing, and they're realizing that even though people may want fiscal conservatives in the office, they don't want social conservatives who are going to tell people how to live their private lives.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  31. John Webster, Aldergrove BC Canada

    Jack, I think these converts have looked at the calendar and realize that the stone age is over. They must also realize that the white house is unattainable in their present paradigm. Relevance and reason are replacing ignorance and bias and these Republicans want to be part of today and not relics of yesterday.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  32. Ken in NC

    Many Republicans want to step out of the closet and into the future Jack. They are hoping now that they have enough to squeeze by the “OLD WHITE MEN”. that are trying not to let the party change.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  33. marie, sc

    Is Meghan McCain now on the GOP payroll, along with Joe the Plumber, trying to drum up the youth vote?

    April 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  34. Bill

    John-

    Because people like Meghan and Steve are not blind to the fact that the majority of young voters, the people who will one day be running this country, overwhelmingly support gay rights. Take a look at Proposition 8 in Cali for instance: over 60% of voters approximately between the age of 18-29 voted AGAINST a ban on gay marriage. If you don't factor in the older generations, who showed a much higher rate of intolerance from the polls, gay couples in Cali would still be getting married. Thank goodness that acceptance is becoming more prevalent with each new generation and one day generations like mine will be able to do away with these silly discriminatory laws.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  35. Ann,Virginia

    Maybe they think it will gain some votes for them in the next election.Somehow their support of gay marriage seems fake & I think Americans are too smart to buy it.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  36. Douglas Ford

    Simple answer to your simple question Jack. Because the republican party is losing support amongst the younth of america, especially those with a higher education, and if they don't start getting support from someone, they will become a minority less than the independants as the grand "OLD" party dies out. LOLz

    April 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  37. Windows Aginam

    I also wonder why Jack. You tell me why! I'm a democrat who does not even support gay marriage. If the republicans begin to support is, I wonder what will happen.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  38. Cindy

    I was a republican until they impeached Bill Clinton. Ever since then everything they do seems to be farther out in space then the thing before. If there is ever going to be chance that they can come back it would be to get rid of the far right extreme vision and move back to the middle. They have not only lost me but my husband and my 20 year old daughter that voted for the first time last election for all democrats. She is absolutely for gay marriage and equal rights for everyone.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  39. Julie

    Why are some calling for support? Because it's reality – gays and lesbians are not only a huge voting block, but they're also tax-paying country-loving Americans that deserve equality under our laws. It's just reality. Isolating themselves (republicans) as a party on social norms established in the 1950's will not carry well for them in 2010 or the future. The world and it's populace has changed, the gop needs to realize that and get in touch with the needs and wants in todays world. (BTW, Ronald Reagan and Newt Gingrich won't be providing the answers they need.)

    April 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  40. Juanita from Buckeye, Arizona

    Hi Jack, The GOP do not know which end is up so the pick and choose the popular issues that are going to make them look good. The Republican party is on the way out if they don't change their way of thinking. It's the twenty-first century, time to change your ways GOP!!!!!!!!!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  41. Hawa (Texas)

    It is a cynical ploy to court voters who are gay. Steve Schmidt was slammed by his sister so now decides to use this issue as a means for the GOP to become relevant. Trust me, as soon as these voters flock to the GOP side, their causes will be ignored, they will be rebuked and even shunned.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  42. Kelby, In Houston Texas

    I don't believe the GOP truly realizes how many gay republicans there are out there. I personally know many gay people who are rational conservatives who are not part of the GOP because of their stance against gay peopel. I also see this as an attempt to get the party back to center and away from those religious zealots who have taken over the once grand old party

    April 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  43. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    They're absolutely right, Jack. As a Democrat, though, I'm happy for them to continue down their current path to total irrelevance.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  44. Danny , Sacramento,Ca

    No I think the GOP should continue there ways. And we will see then soon on the endangered species list, that they don't support. And hopefully they will be the next source of oil, from their dead carcasses. Wow what a beautiful thought, a world with out republicans.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  45. Patrick, St. Louis

    Jack,

    Meghan McCain hails from a generation more tolerant than its predecessor. Unfortunately for her, some members of her party's leadership would sooner splinter than accept gay marriage. They face either a divided base or, worse, branding themselves the party of intolerance.

    Its a great day to be a young democrat.

    Patrick in St. Louis

    April 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  46. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    The GOP would agree to be=headings if they thought it would help them regain some importance for their party! At this point, they are desperate for any press coverage, so some of them are willing to go against their diva leaders and suggest support for same sex marriage. They are risking ex-communication from the Republican party and will probably be thrown under the bus for such left-wing ideas! Or, maybe, just maybe, they aren't afraid to send the message that their party needs to change, or die off completely!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  47. Ronald Holst

    Aw Dose The Word reelection come to mind .If You are a Republic It Should be Loud and clear That America Has Finley Turned The Connor on Bigotry And We are leaving It Behind.At least on this issue.

    Ron Holst
    San Antonio. TX

    April 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  48. Doradel Wylie

    The government is not our "moral" director.....our families and our church have that responsibility.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  49. Patrick, St. Louis

    Jack,

    Meghan McCain hails from a generation more tolerant than its predecessor. Unfortunately for her, some members of her party’s leadership would sooner splinter than accept gay marriage. They face either a divided base or, worse, branding themselves the party of intolerance.

    Its a great day to be a young democrat.

    Patrick
    St. Louis, MO

    April 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  50. Valorie In Russellville, TN

    Because Meghan McCain is right! If the Republican party doesn't stop finding one issue after another to be against they really will become the permanent minority party. I've never understood why Republicans and the Religious Right in this country oppose gay marriage since I can't find a single reason for how it would diminish a heterosexual marriage. I think most people in this country have come to that same conclusion as well.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  51. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    Some Republican's apparently realize that this party's position of forcing all to adhere to the religious proscriptions of some is not in keeping with our constitution or the will of the majority of the electorate.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  52. Bob from Missouri

    Perhaps not all Republicans are homophobes? Perhaps they realize that they are on the wrong side of history? And perhaps they are pandering to the Center.

    What ever it is, I'll bet it is politics and not altruism driving their reconsideration of the subject.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  53. mitchell, arkansas

    Because President Obama has come out against gay marriage, instead supporting civil unions. He also came out against marijuana legalization, so , I look for republicans to adopt the cause of the Libertarian views on prohibition, as well as closing military bases overseas, as they try to 're-create' their party 'platform'. This tactic may be quite successful because many 'lefty' Obama supporters , are upset that he has not gone far enough to enact 'real' change. Gays, anti-prohibitionists, and anti-war/anti-militarists, could be easily swayed, if President Barack doesn't get a little bolder on these issues.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  54. Linda in Arizona

    I dunno. Joining the 20th century finally, now that we're in the 21st?

    April 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  55. charlotte

    what does megan know, she says she has only been a member of the GOP since last June!
    RINO, way got of touch with the party.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  56. Marietta

    Why are GOP calling now for gay marriage after generations of being the republian party who bitterly ran againstt gay marriages--Because Republicans can no longer """"win"""" by just evangelical votes anymore period!--republican party knows they need losts of votes, votes to win an election...In America now there are..different races, cultures, faith religions now.. hmmmm republicans are always serving self first-more of republicans twist ansd spin–they are great at that, you think?–not anymore for me!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  57. Roy - Chicago IL

    Jack,
    One reason only: VOTES. Basic planks of the entire GOP are against anything related to gays. If they do not revamp the party's platform, their shallow courting of gay voters will become transparent and just alienate more people. Also, I an verrry curious to see what Rush, Newt, and Cheney think about this........even though the gay issue touches their lives personally.....some of them anyway!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  58. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    Quite simply, gay people vote too, and they have friends who vote. And paranoia has become unfashionable. Finally, many Americans came to realize over the past two years that rights are rights; modifying a well known turn of phrase: There are no white rights, there are no black rights, no Hispanic or Asian rights. There are no gay rights, no heterosexual rights, no transgendered rights. There are only human rights, and all Americans are entitled to them.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  59. Tulsa

    I don't know Jack, maybe they really have seen the light.... or maybe it's a trial balloon to see how well it goes over. Hey, the Republicans have to find an angle. The party of "NO" isn't working very well for them.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  60. john .... marlton, nj

    Jack, don't confuse the rants of any of the McCain kids as gospel when it comes to the "new" republican party because frankly we all realize the "soft" apple doesn't fall to far from the tree if you know what I mean

    April 20, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  61. Anthony....Swedesboro, NJ

    The republicans successfully obtained two terms for George W. Bush
    using the tactic of a moral highground over the democrats.
    They kept beating this drum and failed miserably in 2008 because Americans started hurting in the wallet. Religion took a back seat to survival. Republicans lost all their red-herrings and had nothing to fall back on. Their only hope is abandoning the religious right and addressing the real problems we confront. Gay marriage doesn't fall into that category!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  62. RJ, Indy

    Smart Republicans are calling on their party to support same-sex marriage because they understand that the tide of history is moving strongly against the anti-gay marriage crowd. While it may have been safe and acceptable to be against gay marriage (or gay lifestyles) even 10 years ago, we're quickly moving toward a day when that viewpoint is considered backwards. Particularly in light of the Iowa decision, which wasn't based upon ideology but rather extant law, Republicans who have the best long-term interests of the party in mind are asking their members to support gay marriage.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  63. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Well, they want to get elected back into power. The sad part is that the GOP, or any political party for that matter, should base their platform on their political principles and not polls. So if the GOP does decides to embrace gay marriage they should do so with open arms and no hidden agenda. Do what is right and not what is simply politically expedient. Otherwise, what one political power giveth the incoming political party can taketh away.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  64. Pepou

    Because they are intelligent ...

    April 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  65. Karen-Phoenix

    I'm white, female, 65 and an active Lutheran AND a registered republican who voted for and donated to President Obama!!!! The republican party has gone sooo far to the right I will never go back! The GOP is out of step with America except for the radical evangelical right wing, bigots and white surpremists!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  66. emma,NYC-NY

    The Republicans made their pact, and they now are living with the results. I guess all they have left at this point is the shouting.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  67. Andy

    It's called consequence. Republicans think of America as an extension of their church, and it's time they come to their senses. They're realizing they can't treat part of the American population as if they are not citizens.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  68. John Nixdorf in Ohio

    Because they see the writing on the wall. The younger generation supports gay marriage. The older generation opposes it. It's an inevitability, the opposition will die of old age, while the supporters of gay marriage will continue to be born. If the GOP wants to remain a political party 10-20 years from now, it's time to catch up to the present.

    John Nixdorf in Ohio

    April 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  69. Blair, USN WA

    Jack, I think that some republicans want to stop all of the hate -mongering that the GOP has allowed for years. For the past 8 years, the republican party has been unable to compromise. Some republicans like Miss McCain see that they can both compromise and stay true to their core values. There's nothing wrong with being a gay republican, a black republican or anything else but with some of their policies, they turn off other demographics besides the anglo-saxion, gun right fiends. Give a shout out to the Military sometimes by the way Jack. Contrary to what most people believe, we watch CNN too.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  70. Sinya - California

    Why are some Republicans calling on their party to support same-sex marriage? I think for several reason; 1)As Megan says old vs new. The GOP actually has a young base but just isn't as vocal. Youngsters like Megan see the GOP not as Republicans but as conservatives w/out the religious rhetoric 2) Gays ARE a voting block but traditionally have not been nationally courted because of the preceived stigma. Local elections are more succesfull because pressure by that same block, and, 3)Louder voices are being heard from the left and from within making the GOPer's re-think the cloistered rigid attitude. I'm just not sure if they know how to but maybe the GOP needs change also.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  71. Jim/NC

    John McCain received a sound beating with Mr. Schmidt at the helm. He is a loser and does not need to advise any one on any subject. President Obama believes that marriage is between a man and a women...remember Saddleback? So, if one believes in President Obama's position, and God's position on this issue, then, republicans don't need to go there. The majority of Americans don't believe in gay marriage. CNN polls have revealed this reality.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  72. John-Sturgis, S. Dakota

    Support for same sex marriage developed after the GOP heard through the rumor grapevine, that Bay Area scientists have developed medical technology to impregnate a man.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  73. Matt from NYC

    Because there are thousands of Gay people who would be republicans if they didn't have a perceived anti-gay bias. Most gay people I know have strong libertarian leanings when it comes to economics and many are opposed to becoming chummy to nations that violently suppress there gay populations like Iran. If the republican party can accept gays (or gays could stop rejecting republicans) they'd both stand to gain.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  74. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Probably just to grab the headlines, Jack.
    With their religious right beliefs, outdated ideas, and living in the
    dark ages, the republicans will never accept or support improvement
    of or living in the modern day world.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  75. Michael P.

    Jack,

    I think the republicans are finally coming to realize that they can't win elections with just their religious base. After last years election they know this all too well. I would not be surprised to see the republican leadership move to drive the right wing religious Taliban from their party. You know it might be a good idea to let them form their own party and see how many elections they win. I suspect not very many when their true selves are exposed verses hiding under the banner of the Grand Ole Party.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  76. Mike S., New Orleans

    Some Republicans are realizing that bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and discimination are no longer vote-getters. The problem would be finding Republicans who really believe in gay rights as opposed to those who would say so just to get elected. Trust in current and past Republicanism is long gone.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  77. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    When you turn your back on Mexians, Asians, African Americans, and anyone who decides to use thier own brain, you have no other place to go but on to the counter culture her in America. Since we stopped listening to the hate and fear monogers, and have chosen our own path for the future, if they do not learn to reach out they will no exists in ten years! Either they learn to Improvise, Adapt and Overcome or they will fade away!

    I hope they fade away soon!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  78. Steve, Clifton,VA

    They discovered that gay folks made up a much larger voting block ,that attended church , than they originally estimated....

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    April 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  79. Bill of Hewlett, NY

    The Republican Party's true agenda has always been set by the wealthy. However, the party has needed to appeal to the wider audience of cultural conservatives to win enough votes.

    Some in the GOP are now calling for support of gay marriage because the political landscape has changed. The cultural conservatives' loyalty has weakened since their agenda hasn't really been acted upon. In the meantime, Americans are primarily concerned with the economy. The Republicans might try to change their message to appeal to mainstream Americans.

    McCain and Schmidt's point is not so much that the party should support gay marriage - that won't happen; rather, it's that the issue no longer helps the party.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  80. dave

    Because maybe they want to win in the future. Jack you quoted the polls and young people favors gay marriage.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  81. Don (Ottawa)

    Because there are a lot of gay Republicans and the Grand Old Party now realizes it can use all the votes it can get.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  82. Ryan

    As a republican I to support same-sex marage. I,m just a teen, who thinks that people should get married no mater what gender and many other in my age agree. We are a new generation of republicans that thinks that the GOP should no longer be a christcin party unless they want to end up as a third-party again.
    new generation!!!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  83. Greg & Matt in Houston

    We are a young, affluent, professional Gay couple with kids. I applaud the young Republicans calling for their party to join us in the present and future. Problem is you can change the spots on a snake but it is still a snake. There is absolutely nothing they can do to get us or anyone we know to vote GOP (Good Old Prejudice)!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  84. dilibon, NY

    It is clear that the party is being grabbed by its extremist right wing. Would that trend continue, they will become more and more insignificant in future electoral rendezvous. Some young people with some education have seen the need to come to the center! The same sex marraige, which is already a legal reality, represents the best boat to take them to the center. But will they? I need a first class ticket for the inner super boxing match between the old and the new school. This war will make the American civil war a historical footnote, Rush will eat Meaghan alive!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  85. Sharon Zingery

    I just posted, but failed to leave location info: Chicago, IL
    Also, I did not directly answer the question: It would be outrageous of Pres. Obama to deliberately refuse to speak with the head of any country. Diplomacy first ... war last.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  86. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    This gay marriage issue is like poison to the right wingnuts which has captured the leadership of the party and anointed Rush as its high priest. The GOP held its nose in order to accept McCain as its candidate. They will have to be "born again" for them to accept that gays and lesbians are human too.

    By the way, are they not the "born again" folks?

    April 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  87. JJ

    The republicans sound like adolescent boys incapable of getting past puberty. As a long time teacher, my job is to teach middle schoolers how to view others with whom they differ with RESPECT. Anything less is, imo, bullying. Cheney, Rumsfield and that gang loved being bullies. It's their MO. It's the MO of what remains of the right. How sad that these public representatives are trying to teach the children of the world that disrespect and bullying are good things and are insulting a president capable of reaching out with respect.

    Why anyone ever votes for these fools aka republicans stuns me.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  88. Lisa Haines

    Why? Because there are many Republicans that are not conservative, and don't adhere to tradional values. They are just like Dems that want to win at any cost. Power baby, power. Besides, McCain was never a conservative.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  89. Shane

    Maybe some republicans are starting to realize that gay marriage isn't as much a threat to the institution as the current 60 or 70 percent divorce rate.

    Shane
    Ontario, Canada

    April 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  90. Mara Willick

    As a Nevadan I can tell you that the Nevada Republican Senator John Ensign does not represent a majority of us living in this State.

    I think that President Obama shows what a diplomat and peace maker is about. Shaking hands with Chavez does not show weakness, but great character.

    Ensign should remember that we Nevadans also elected Reid and Obama carried the State in the last election.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  91. Lynne from Cherry Hill NJ

    Desparation !!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  92. Wilfred Thomas

    My question to the Senator and others who are critical of President Obama's handshake and brief talking to President Chavez is::

    Was it irresponsible for President Nixon to visit China and speak with Mao Tse Tung and ChouEn Lai?

    Was it irresponsible for President Regan to meet with, speak to and befriend President Gorbachev when those two countries were America's enemies?

    How stupid of you Senator and those of your Republican ilk who are the no, no,. no partymembers who oppose any positive thing that President Obama does. Continue to eat yourselves while he restores America's respect and standing in the world, both economically and politically. Say what you want you have to live with him as President for four years and possibly eight.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  93. Claire, Melbourne FL

    Hi Jack,

    Meghan McCain is only calling it like she sees it...the old school and old dead issues will not fly in this 2009 world of IPods, Internet, cell phone emails, etc. We have finally moved beyond the stupidity that has held our country back from achieving all that we can be and all the good we can do.

    If the Republicans don't pay attention – they're history!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  94. Karol

    Because the more enlightened Republicans have joined the 21st century. There will be no Republican party if the party continues to be anti-everything. Yes, I am a registered Republican and from my votes, one would never know it.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    April 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  95. lw

    I never have supported homosexuality, but then, I will put aside my personal feelings in support of the rights of others, which do not infringe upon me or the children I am required to nurture to adulthood.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  96. Nancy, Tennessee

    The Republicans roll with the tide that flows. In 2000 and 2004 the Republicans opposed gay marriage to get the evangelical votes. When they did nothing one way or the other about the gay issue, the evangelical votes did not carry them over the top in the 2008 Presidential election. Now some of the members of the GOP believe if they support same-sex marriage that they will gather supporters from a different group for the 2012 election. The Republicans need to decide what they believe in and stand up for those issues after they are elected. The previous Bush Administration rode the security of the country issue and left all other campaign promises behind because they could not deal with more than one issue at a time. The gay issue was not the only thing that the administration ignored for too long as our economy shows.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  97. Ron - Baltimore, Maryland

    The GOP has no leader or "Leadership" for that matter. Simple put, the younger generation is stepping up and their finally not afraid to say what's on their mind. For too long the GOP has required that faith be their voice, while I am a devout Christian I am also a believer that there should always be separation from "Church and State" . We now have 4 states that legalize gay marriage and several others considering it, Republicans are viewed as the party of NO so it makes sense that they are trying anything to get votes. GOOD LUCK.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  98. Linda from Norman, Oklahoma

    Simple. They want to stay alive and relevant as a party. Young people don't care if their friends and relatives are gay or straight. They think all people deserve human rights. If the Republican party wants to be a big-tent organization and not be a regional, religious affiliation, they had better wake up and smell the Starbucks.

    But, you know, I hope they don't.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  99. Debbie

    For the same reason that Palin was chosen for VP (woman-Clinton) and that Steele was chosen for the RNC (African-American-Obama). Nothing but a tactic to try and woo people to the Republican side and without an ounce of sincerity included.

    Debbie
    NY

    April 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    Because some Republicans are not stupid. They know they will need support from many groups to take back the Presidency and Congress. Hopefully this is more than just that namely their recognition that gay marriage is a civil rigths issue not a potential divorce issue. Homosexuals are no more likely to have their relationships end in divorce than heterosexuals so if this was purely about concern for the high rate of divorce than the answer would be obvious; they will not increase the likelihood of divorce so let them marry. But as we know it is not a divorce potential issue it is a civil rights violation that needs to be corrected and hopefully more Republicans will end their discrimination.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  101. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    The "new" Republicans want to be free of the shackles of exclusion of the religious right. They understand that if the GOP is to thrive, then it must be an inclusive party. If the GOP is to grow its numbers, then it must transform its core conservative ideology into one that stands up for the good of the American people. Sadly, the GOP is seen as an extension of the economic and corporate elite that drove our nation into the ground. Unless the GOP can convince us that they put American interests ahead of corporate interests, they are doomed.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  102. Mick

    Because they are fracturing, and there are many closet gays in their fold.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  103. Gabriel

    For Sen. Ensign to claim that president Obama is being irresponsible when he respefully tries to engage other leaders whom we may disagree with is to say that George Bush was a very responsible president.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  104. Scott, Wichita

    Contrary to popular belief, we are not all old, stick-in-the-mud hillbillies, Jack. Some of us have very progressive views, but just get lumped in with all the rest, as this question implies.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  105. Tara Wright - Forest City, NC

    The GOP has lost control of their party. It's been hijacked by fringe groups pushing their own agendas, and it's cost them elections and the respect they once had among the educated, thinking citizens of our country. A conservative point of view is defined as small government, and deciding to legislate private acts is the antithesis of small government. You can't get any bigger government than one that invades your private home and bedroom the way this whole gay marriage issue does. This is a surefire way of breaking away from the stronghold the religious right has managed to secure within the GOP. They have to do something or the true conservative vote in this country will be lost forever.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  106. Tim

    I know dozens of gay people and every single one of them were born
    into a FAMILY and the vast majority into a CHRISTIAN family. Many of
    you rabid christians probably have some in your own. Homosexuality is
    no more a sin than heterosexuality. The simple truth is that as long
    as humans breed a certain percentage of humans will NATURALLY be gay
    and that percentage has remained constant pretty much throughout
    human history. Homosexuality has been documented to naturally occur
    in over 1.200 species so those who rail that is just isn't natural
    are 100% wrong. Might as well get over it. For whatever reason, it
    naturally occurs. So, as long as straight families breed, they'll
    create more and more gay people. I'd like to know how being gay is
    ANTI-family values when it is families who are creating them in the
    first place.

    And, as far as marriage equality goes, Marriage is 100% a civil right
    in the US. No church or religion required. That's why you have to go
    to the GOVERNMENT to get a marriage license, not a CHURCH. Atheists
    marry every day! This is a civil/human rights issue and those that
    oppose marriage equality will eventually be seen to be on the wrong
    side in American history.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  107. Susan

    Its a desperate move by a desperate party. If they were do change the party line on same sex marriage the party would split with the religious right of the party forming their own party – so no way would the GOP risk those votes....they would lose the south, the one stronghold they have left.
    You know what I find funny Jack? People like my mother who is part of the religious right, she says Jesus says to love everyone...but yet she won't speak to anyone of middle-eastern descent, unless Jewish because they are "evil people" and she won't speak to or be around gay people because she finds them "disgusting".
    I find it funny that christians are the most intolerant people around.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  108. GEORGE

    The GOP better straighten up and fly right on the issue of Gay Marriages. How many of them have been caught up in scandals that suggest gay overtones. Perhaps many of them have yet to come out of the closet. They should start singing a different tune on this subject. Don't they see what's happening in America, we're sick of the same old B.S. and want change. And change will come to the issue of gay marriages then what will they do? It seems the GOP look for things but have no solutions, they go from one thing to another mostly to get there names on news shows. They're starting their bid and Obama has bearly 90 plus days in office.
    Get a job!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  109. TomG NE Pa.

    Anything for a vote Jack!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  110. Tim in Texas

    Its not a matter of Republicans losing votes in the Northeast – they're going to lose the Northeast anyway. It's a matter of losing a whole generation of voters. Thankfully, the kids nowadays (along with many of us older folk) tend to see banning gay marriage for what exactly what it is - legalized discrimination. I live in Texas, and about 85% of the college kids I teach think it's beyond absurd that gays can't marry. That's in Texas mind you. They don't all go out and vote now, but you can bet that they will once they hit about 30 years of age.
    Tim in Texas

    April 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  111. Mac from Vacaville

    It makes sense to move in support of gay rights. No matter how strong the GOP's stance is against gay rights, they will never win if they continue with this ideology. The main point of the party is to win elections to put their own in office. The current GOP is too focused on the fundamental creed rather than reality. I too am a Republican but any smart person knows you don't win elections by being too far on the left or right.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  112. Pugas-AZ

    Hey! In politics it's numbers that count.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  113. garrick

    hi jack
    they want votes and dont care about the gay community,and never have,their just scared of the next election.wait till they start working the black community.thats going to be the biggeest news of 2009.and the down fall of the GOP.cant you see threw their hoods.
    clearwater,fl

    April 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  114. donna tobin

    RE: gay marriage Meghan respresents the vast majority of progressive young people that are the future of this country. Twenty five years from now they will be looking back at this issue and regard it the same way as we regarded the rights of women and blacks in the past. Any country that denies equal rights to all it's citizens will never reach it's full potential.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  115. wakeupamerica

    Because they think by loosening their grip on Christian values they will win more people over to the GOP. It's a losing battle. Surprisingly, the hardcore evangelicals have been very quiet on the same sex marriage issue. While I would never support the GOP, I do agree with Meghan McCain that there is a divide between the past and future of the party.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  116. aspenfreepress

    No more irresponsible than Richard Nixon going to Moscow to meet with Nikita Khruschev after Khruschev had said to the U.S., "We will bury you." And guess what? The Cold War finally ended albeit decades later without a shout being fired. I don't remember many Republicans grinding their teeth over those Nixon/Khruschev photos. Sterling Greenwood/Aspen Free Press

    April 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  117. alyn pearis

    How in the world can he be moving too fast on foreign policy? The situation that we find ourselves in is too dire for foot dragging. Chavez didn't have a big problem with the U.S. He had a problem with that imbicile, Bush, as did most other world leaders. President Obama has to move rapidly to mend fences, so that we can cultivate partnerships to take on such pressing problems as global warming, resource depletion, global terrorism, financial collapse, and now, what to do about failed state Somalia and it's pirates. All of these problems need immediate attention and only a unified international effort will suffice. No, it's not too fast or too soon.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  118. LisaB

    Hi Jack,
    This one is to easy!
    The GOP should be embaressed at all of their hollow attempts to become "cool" for their upcoming elections to go in their favor.
    It's like your mom telling you that she accepts your being gay, but makes you eat Christmas dinner outside on the stoop with your boyfriend. The "go gay" thing and the "Michael Steele" thing are just more gimmicks and ploys for the GOP to have their way with your vote. I didnt fall for the "Sarah Palin" thing and I'm not fallin' for this!

    Lisa Burrus
    Columbus, GA

    April 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  119. Carlos VA

    Hi Jack, I imagine the underlying reason for the call to accept homosexuality or to use the term that's becoming more common "same sex marriage" is power. Our history as a nation has included a gradual process of the erosion of morals and values in favor of power, wealth and advancement whether it be science and/or medicine. Sadly, we are now at a point as a society where homosexuality is looked upon as being the norm by an ever increasing number of people, mostly young people I'll admit, but terribly troubling nevertheless. And if you aren't someone who thinks it's normal and acceptable then you're frowned upon. The sacred union of marriage between a man and a woman is unfortunately being made a mockery of, when we start to condone such behavior. Being of African/Native American descent, I am appalled when the gay activist attempt to compare their moral decisions to the Civil Rights Movement. It's has been my understanding that the GOP claimed to be a party that stood for family values and principles. I think it can be fairly said that what we have today with regards to morals and a healthy respect for the laws of nature is a modern day Roman society, where homosexuality was indeed the norm....

    April 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  120. mslaw56

    The GOP always have treated this country like Burger King, Have it your way.Now they have to go on a diet and have it the AMERICA WAY.

    mslaw56
    Cleveland

    April 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  121. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, Republicans have been wrong on so many points for so long that they must change something. Only problem is, in this case I think they should have held their ground.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  122. Terry, TX

    We have the homosexual police on....I can't believe Carvilles and Belago's little bloggers haven't jumped on this.....they have been around today.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  123. Emily

    Republicans are most likely starting to support gay marriage to keep up with the times. As more people become open to having same -sex relationships, Republicans see that it's time for a change.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  124. Rob

    Sicklerville, NJ

    It's just as with any school of thought. You're going to have those who are diehards for the ideology and others who lean slightly different or have a different opinion on a subject. It's just a group of the party speaking out. They feel as though their voices have been silenced in the party and now want to make concessions to the party leaders to change planks of their platform in order to attract more voters and to forward their agendas. That's what it comes down to in politics.

    To add on top, Meghan McCain seems to have opinions on everything and the media loves to eat that up because it's "news".

    April 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  125. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, because they realize that the GOP is made up of a group of old white guys who still think a kitchen needs only a woman in it, a kid should be seen and not heard and old white guys should make all decisions. They are trying to drag them into the 21st century, to which I say, good luck with that!

    April 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  126. Dave G

    Here's the question: Are gay people inherently gay? Or is sexual orientation a personal choice?

    If gays can't change, then regardless of how you feel about them, preventing them from marriage is discrimination, plain and simple.

    If gays can change and become truly heterosexual, then some people feel preventing them from marriage is doing them a favor by keeping them from going down the wrong path.

    I'm not going to answer this question. It's something we must each ask ourselves. Once you've answered this question, I believe the issue of gay marriage becomes clear.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  127. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Because they are the progressive part of the Republican party. Unfortunately there aren't very many of them, the rest want to live in their non-reality world.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  128. Terry from Austin

    Jack, some in the GOP are supporting gay unions because they are forgetting what they were taught about natural law as well as religious truths which forbids any such unnatural union. If the GOP gives up its principles and ethics like the Democrats have done then we are just one step closer to being a country that was once great and is rapidly becoming nothing more than a bad example of what can happen when people give up moral and natural principles in the name of what they call freedom which is nothing more than their desire to commit sin.
    Terry from Austin.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  129. Beverley, Fredericksburg Va

    Jack,

    I am sorry but I am suspicious. They have yet to apologize for the 40 year Southern strategy and trying to round up the hispanics. Not to mention the zig zag redistricting used to keep minority representation to a minimum. Gays and Lesbians come in all races! I have a feeling that the republicans want their gay family members and white gay neighbors votes – not that that they are really trying to reverse a discriminatory practice.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  130. Latoya - Charlotte, NC

    Because they want to continue to have a "job". I'm 22 and more people my age are more accepting of all social issues especially those pertaining to gay rights. Those old farts are the same people that said interracial marriages were immoral, that women shouldn't work, and said "separate but equal" to blacks. Conservatives need to wake up and realize that world is not as close-minded as they are if they want to keep their place in public life.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  131. Dace Tucson

    Could it be Jack they are at least moving into the 20th century? Who knows maybe they will even join the 21st century soon and give up on false religious induced hate altogether and understand we separate church and state in this country.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  132. Chon

    It's a human rights issue at this point. Simple as that, and the young voters are VERY clued into this. Throughout our meticulous training in schools and churches we have learned about basic human rights and discovered the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Perhaps the GOP needs to pull out their history books and think with an open mind. Separate but Equal did not work, and denying basic human rights is again the constitution, and the morals this country was founded on.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  133. Richie

    Hillsboro, Oregon

    Because, as surprising as it may seem, not every single person that calls themselves a repug actually runs their life on hate and fear.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  134. Akin, Bear De

    Hey Jack,
    Conservative is dead in GOP and evangelical movement drowned on April 15th Fox/GOP "TEA" party. It is about time they realize the demographic landscape of America has changed so the only desperate political gasp of GOP is to embark on gay high speed train otherwise GOP will continue to be minority opposition

    April 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  135. Jeff... Sarasota Florida

    Jack, It's no different than the marijuana issue... considering the direction the people are going the politicians have little choice but to either accept the views the people are pushing for or alienate them and lose their future support... Since the GOP is currently the most unpopular party, it makes perfect sense for them to try to change and get new support they despeartely need...

    April 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  136. KimSmith, Dodge City, Kansas

    There probably are some forward thinking people in the Republican Party that don't want to watch their party die off because of rigid, narrow-minded and inflexible dogmas that are the backbone of their party. And the both of them should be proud of their stand.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  137. tony in Atlanta

    After the thrashing the Democrates issued the Republicans in November, the GOP is trying to emerge from the dark ages with a new breed of of young, new and and improved liberal party member. I know "liberal" is a contradiction in terms when refering to the GOP, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them jump on the "stem cell" bandwagon, start protesting the war in Iraq and make Sarah Palin the parties "Pro-Choice" advocate. Now if true liberals fall for these tricks, shame on us.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  138. Bruno

    Because they're not slaves to antiquated religious dogma and see the writing on the wall? That's my guess.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  139. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    I hope it's because some Republican Conservatives realize that they can't continue to bash and disenfranchise any American. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution do not mention sexual preference as a yardstick for citizenship, freedom, and equality. It is about time that all Americans took a look at their own biases and realized that we're all just people regardless of our religion, skin color, or sexual preference. And as Americans we all deserve equality under the law.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  140. Nuwan

    Some of those Republicans seems to understand the reality while most of the old generations of republicans are out of touch with America. Being anti-everything is not going to get them anywhere.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  141. Amber Scott, Los Angeles CA

    Thomas Jefferson described dealing with slavery as "holding a wolf by its ears" – you don't want to hold on, but you really don't want to let go!

    It's high time that the Republican Party dump the social conservatives before they become a party of the South The Democrats dumped the Dixiecrats, and now Republicans must do likewise to survive. The GOP has been enslaved by the religious right wing for long enough.

    Amber Scott
    Los Angeles, CA

    April 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  142. Judith Nicholson Bruce Twp.MI

    Maybe they're finally getting the notion that it's wrong to impose one's own beliefs on everyone else. Doubt it though.....the party is probably just worried about losing so much support.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  143. Dave from Baltimore

    Because it's the right thing to do and they must, by now, see the handwriting on the wall. The idealogues who set the standard for that brand of conservative ideology will all be dead in 20-30 years. When that generation (my generation) dies off, who's going to carry that ideology forward? Christine Todd-Whitman? Amy Holmes? Andrew Sullivan? Megan McCain? I don't think so.

    I think Democrats should recognize that Megan McCain is the most dangerous Republican on the horizon since Reagan. She's young, attractive, smart and tough. She can take a good punch and deliver a devastating counter. Just ask Schelsinger or Coulter. On the one hand, I hope her party ignores her and continues to promote idealogues like O'Really and Limpbaugh. If that happens, Democrats can remain in power a little longer and we won't have to suffer through another 8-year national nightmare. Yet. On the other hand, Megan could help bring about a re-branded and resurgent Republican party that is fiscally tough but operates with heart and soul. That could lead to the end of Republican demagogery and pandering to the lowest common denominator.

    Imagine that. Women, Blacks, Gays and other minorities could possibly have a choice of political parties and not all choose the Dems by default.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  144. Tara Pike

    Republican party says they want less government in people's individual lives. BUT they want to tell two people they can't get married or foster or adopt? They want more government...no less government...I mean...who knows what they want! They don't have a clear platform except bigotry and abolishment of seperation of church and state. What these two party members are suggesting is that they make their platform more clear and less hypocritical.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  145. Ron - Baltimore, Maryland

    Maybe some of them are "GAY". ???

    April 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  146. Jason

    I think they have crunched the numbers, see the way the tide is turning, and are siding up with the winning team. Smart politics, even if it means betraying strong "beliefs" that were held just months ago.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  147. Ray Kinserlow

    Because being "anti" anything is antithetical to success against the likes of Obama who has created the "high road" strategy of politics. In other words, what is important is not what you are against but what you are for.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    April 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  148. Casey New Jersey

    They elected Michael Steele to get the African-American vote. Which won't work. They are now trying to go after the gay American vote. It won't work either. By the way, does anybody really believe that Republicans are going to be looking out for anybody but rich white men and women?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  149. Alex - Michigan

    Hopefully because they understand that the progression of human rights is the true American ideal. America, namely the GOP, is fantastic at "talking the talk" when it comes to human rights, dignity, and equality for all, but they've been terrible when it comes to "walking the walk." Why NOT allow homosexuals full and equal rights in the privacy of their home?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  150. Ken in NC

    Many Republicans want to step out of the closet and into the future. They are hoping now that they have enough power to squeeze by the “OLD WHITE MEN”. that are trying not to let the party change.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  151. Mark - Omaha

    It's a noble cause, granted. But this seems forced and for all the wrong reasons. You can put lipstick on homophobe, but it's still a homophobe.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  152. Josh Munroe from Ellensburg, WA

    For some in the party like Megan McCain, it's about responsible progress that appeals to the broad center rather than only the right. For others? It's a numbers game. They want moderates to join their party, and aren't afraid of the social conservatives leaving their ranks. Where are they going to go, the Democratic party? A laughable scenario.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  153. middlemanri

    What this would mean is that New York gets it, they understand our constitution like the 4 states before them. This is purely a wedge issue the GOP has used to win close elections such as Ohio in 2004. Ignorance of our constitution supported by a political party in this country is sickening and a reason the GOP has been sent packing. Schmidt and Megan understand this and are on the right track. middlemanri Lincoln, RI

    April 20, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  154. Don

    From Milwaukee.

    You said it Jack: they simply want to attract more voters. As usual, it has nothing to do with what they really believe in – if they even know what that is – but rather simply vote maximization.

    If they thought the majority of the voters would vote for those who wore their underwear on their heads, they'd do it.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  155. Dave (Port Washington, NY)

    If the GOP fully embraces gay marriage, then they lose the last group of people who consistently vote Republican, the Christian Taliban

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  156. Bill O'Rights from Newfoundland, Canada

    Because maybe the few sensible Republicans that exist realize bigotry no longer wins elections. Time to wake up and accept that gay people are no less human or dignified than straight people.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  157. JN

    Maryland, Jason and Ray Kinserlow have hit the nail on the head.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  158. Ben at Bentley U

    for the exact reason you mentioned: they are desperate for support and votes in the future.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  159. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    your guessed answer is right ; it is to attract voters! But, at some point politicians have to attract the respect of voters that can sense their authentic and diverse values are american values!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  160. ivan (virgin islands)

    Its a no brainer they are using this issue to get the gay votes for the 2012 election. Nice try it will not work. The republican party is broken and will take 15-20 years to fix.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  161. Ann

    Jack, if you want to be taken seriously, stop quoting Meghan McCain. What is this young woman doing other than becoming a socialite?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  162. Steve, Clifton,VA

    Expansion of their voting block of course...can you imagine going from "GOP" to "GAY"
    S
    Clifton, VA

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  163. Chris C

    Abe Lincoln, the first Republican president, was rumored to be gay. Mark Foley was legal. Why doesnt anyone stand up for him?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  164. Marc Savannah, GA

    I think that many republicans are seeing that the pro gay position is the flavor of the month right now and they want to take advantage. However the GOP should have learned during the last election cycle that trying to imitate democrat positions will not win them elections. Those that are so quick to cower under politically correct pressure should change parties and make it easier on everyone

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  165. Texas Matt

    I depend on the Republican Party to fight against same-sex marriage rights. Same Sex marriage is illogical. If everyone practiced same sex marriage, mankind would die off in 100 years.

    If the Republican Party does not stop same sex marriage, then I , and many others, will join the Libertarian Party.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  166. Lyn Lindstrom

    Rocklin, CA

    Because they are going down the tubes, FAST. If the Republican Party insists on thinking like pompous asses, so be it! We could use a big break from the holier than thou crowd.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  167. Karen - TN

    Now that ordinary people are coming out of the closet in droves, including the friends and family members of politicians, it’s becoming apparent that they are exactly that – ordinary people. Why shouldn’t they marry?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  168. Shirley Thagard

    DUH! 'cause it's RIGHT! Oh, not that right. Spiritually right! Oh, Not those spiritually rights! Gosh, guess it's just a nasty old liberal idea afterall.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  169. Graham

    Homosexuality is a "behavior", not a civil right. 30 States have already voted in support marriage as between one man and one woman. It is activist judges and CNN ( and the rest of the liberal media) who want to subvert the will of the people.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  170. David A Whitaker

    The Republicans has a problems they're pro-life, but they will be the first to stand in line for the death penalty. Go Figures

    April 20, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  171. Jim, Honolulu

    As a liberal Republican (yes, there are a few of us left, although I prefer the word "progressive") , the answer is simple. The Right has lost the Cultural War, and decisively, and if we want to be more than an irrelevant regional party we better stop denying that fact. And besides, it's just the right and decent thing to do.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  172. Alice

    Maybe because some of them finally believe those words "All men are created equal" or maybe that pesky freedom of religion clause finally is sinking him.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  173. john christopher - saskatchewan

    This is the same plank in the Republican coffin, which they were beaten over the head with in the last election. Knowing that they have to agree to something to gain some credibility with the electorate they say, "Sure we'll tolerate gays and even support them. And when anybody mentions ...say, Harvey Milk... we'll try to keep a straight face.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  174. jan kirkconnell

    The Republicans shouldn't change their minds about gay marriage until Jesus does. By the way, didn't California vote against same-sex marriage??? Forsaking morality for the sake of votes....I think not.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  175. Maryann

    Obviously McCain's daughter's comment reasonated with the GOP---REALITY CHECK!!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  176. Bill, New Mexico

    Jack,

    It means the some Republicans are not mindless drones who have to have their opinions fed to them by the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity. There's nothing wrong with being conservative but being conservative doesn't mean one has to be intolerant.

    Bill

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  177. Brian

    Mabey because small-government, seperation-of-church-and-state folks like myself see the inherent contradiction in oposing government intervention on social issues while constantly tossing in exceptions, and sent em a message with these last elections? Of course, that assumes they've finally gotten over looking for someone else to blame and are genuinely examining thier positons... We'll have to see, won't we.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  178. Ballah,Brooklyn Park,MN

    Some GOP are calling for their party to support gay marriage because they actually have sense unlike the rest of the party.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  179. Jason

    Because Jack, they want their party to continue to lose elections! The majority of Americans don't want same sex marriage, even California voted against it.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  180. Dean H. - San Francisco

    Because like most Republicans they don't get it. It's more than just that they think I don't deserve the same rights as they do, it's also the environment, the war in Iraq, the shattered economy, the twisting of words, the denial of science, etc., etc. Yes if they dropped their opposition to me having full citizenship, that would be great, but I still wouldn't vote for them.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  181. Joyce Smith

    I am very anti-gay and will not vote for canidates that vote for any gay rights.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  182. DJ

    I don't know why some are supporting gay marriage if they are against it. I think it tells a lot about an official who is willing to sacrifice beliefs for a political seat.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  183. John, Fort Collins, CO

    By now, I'm sure most mainstream Republicans realize Meghan McCain and Steve Schmidt are really Democrats in drag. Of course, because such heresy cannot be tolerated, they will be excommunicated from the Party, or at the very least waterboarded until they recant. Anyway, I personally appreciate their courage; for they are Right and correct.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  184. Reena

    The are desperate. The last eight years have left us in shambles economically as a result of their leadership or lack thereof. They have no credible leadership now and need to reach for as many voters as possible. Just like the anti-gay stance taken by Miss California in The Miss USA pageant cost her the crown, the Republican party won't have a chance of getting back into power again without embracing diversity.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  185. Geraldo

    Now that "I'm Married" is no longer proof they are not gay, many Republicans are having difficulty justifying their opposition to same sex unions.

    Anyway, it's inevitable; by opposing it they just reinforce their image of resisting change for the sake of resisting change.

    Geraldo
    Winnipeg

    April 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  186. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, at this point it's obvious that the GOP has to change. Unfortunately they might have picked the one issue where the majority of Americans agree with them. Is anyone is charge of the RNC?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  187. Michael Smith

    Jack,

    Because Even Some in The GOP can get it right once in a while.

    Michael Smith

    Soledad California

    April 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  188. Wayne

    I consider myself to be Independent, but I tend to lean Democratically.
    The GOP trying to please the masses by voting "yes" to gay marriage.
    Jesus was persecuted because the judge of this world was a people pleaser. Instead of sticking to their beliefs, they show their true side, by doing what they claim the dems do, flip-flopping.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  189. Craig Chilton

    For those high-profile Republicans to be doing this reflects their awareness that the ELECTORATE is fast realizing that same-sex marriage is 100% HARMLESS. And thus will very soon be voting AGAINST intolerant candidates.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  190. Immy, Tampa FL

    To bring our exploding population under control

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  191. Scott in Seattle, WA

    You can't have less Big Government interfering in people's lives, when government is dictating who people can choose to marry. The leadership of GOP and the conservative movement is beginning to realize that it needs to actually practice what it preaches.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  192. Allen, Saint Martin

    Mr. Cafferty first it is called marriage equality, not gay marriage. Gay and lesbian couples pay federal taxes but receive none of the rights or benefits. If a gay or lesbian couple covers their spouse for health insurance it is considered income. The GOP is just grasping at straws because they see the old conquer and divide is not working. Americans believe in equality not discrimination.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  193. Bill O'Rights from Newfoundland, Canada

    Because maybe the few sensible Republicans that exist realize that bigotry no longer wins elections. Gay people deserve the same dignity and rights that non gay people enjoy. Time to grow up and get on with things that actually matter.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  194. John, NC

    Because some GOPers would sacrifice anything, including their first born I bet, to gain office. The party needs to get back to its original intent of states right to choose. It's a crazy idea, but maybe both parties should look at the 10th Amendment...

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  195. larry starchman

    california. Because,like any other issue, they are willing to abandon their principles hoping to be reelected. If they feel that endorsing sex with the same half of the species will gain them votes, they will.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  196. cheryl hughes

    Perhaps they figured out that just as some people are born tall or short, with blue eyes or brown eyes, people are BORN gay or straight. Being gay is not a choice. Educated people know this.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  197. Shane in Las Vegas

    Jack,

    Look at the last election. They are trying to save themselves from each other. Every issue counts.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  198. Karl from SF, CA

    I’d guess they finally realize that this is a free country and a marriage license is a government document, not a religious one. To survive, they need to attract fiscally conservative people who are more centrists and who look at the old wedge issues as irrelevant, regardless of orientation, as most younger people do. The question is, will it be successful? When a Republican beats out Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, I’ll know they have really succeeded.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  199. Ruth Ann Donges Corpus Christi,TX

    The GOP is a bunch of old white men who claim to be the moral ones about everything and we all know they are big hypocrits. So it does not surprise me that they would come out for gay marriage to impress gay voters when everyone knows that their religious beliefs are strongly against it

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  200. Deborah from Blue Springs, MO

    Perhaps the GOP is beginning to accept that the Information Age has caused an evolution in politics. In the age of Twitter, iReport, and the Cafferty File, most people with internet access takes an interest in politics. It's how our President was elected.

    The Republican Party should hold a national GOP conference and let We the People weigh in. Then they'll know in which direction to go.

    Noble Republicans, the times they are a-changin...

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  201. Thomas Metzger

    I vote Republican because that party best represents my values. Should my party change its positions on the social issues like gay marriage just to get Republicans elected? That sure sounds hypocritical!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  202. Luke B

    It is merely a political move. First, they realize that the gay population is a growing percentage of Americans, and they have to try to capture that group's votes. Second, more Americans are become sensitive to homosexual rights. To move away from the old styled, "grump"conservative stereotype, they have to take actions like these. But then again, maybe their morals really are shifting, we can only hope....

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  203. Anthony Adoghe. Amsterdam

    The GOP & other Politicians can support same sex marriage all they want, that still doesn't make it right. its just a trend and its ok for people to go with the flow in a confused world such as ours. We are not worried because the world will rediscover herself. You are not born gay, society made you so.

    Dr Anthony Adoghe.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  204. LaRaelyne(Texas)R

    I believe that these gay marriages should be banded. I agress with the Old Gop which vaules some christian values. The young Gop is so use to everything should be ok no matter what it is. Somethings should be keep in a club fashion, or group setting, this gay thing has gotten out of control it should stop now...

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  205. Rodney, Hauula, Hawaii

    Some Republicans are finaly coming to the realization that gay marriage is an equal rights issue. If gay and lesbian relationships are such an affront to God, as some claim, then let God deal with it when the time comes. The "Guardians of Society" are so concerned with saving the sanctity of "triditional" marriage, then they should take aim at the real causes of problems in marriage such as drugs, alcohol, spousal abuse, both physical and mental, child abuse, and a host of other reasons.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  206. joan jimenez

    as usual, the gop misses the point. Our vast majority is not rich, selfish or falsely moralistic. our lack of support for the gop platform does not focus on such up-to-date items as gay marriage....a biblical no-no....go ahead and offend what our country is sustained by, our eternal Father, whose directions i rely on more than anything the intellectuals and gop can invent.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  207. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    Could it be because domestic relationships are the only arena where Republicans couldn't demonstrate their incompetence in eight short years and they need a little more meddling time to get a perfect score?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  208. Jeanne from Houston

    Jack,

    I believe in small government, fiscal responsibility, and personal and religious freedoms.
    People like Meghan McCain and Steve Schmidt realize that people like me will never join the GOP unless the party stops pandering to the religious right.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  209. numan

    "some" people of every group will always think differently from the majority of that group. this holds for every group, every community, and every party. therefore nothing surprising here.

    gay marriage matters to what % of the population? media should investigate real problem issues, like social security, medical care, that plague EVERY member of the population.

    numan

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  210. Terri - Tulsa

    Some Republicans are finally doing what Democrats have done for years. They are trying to appear to be liberal in their thinking. Let's face it, candidates for any office are going to say what they think will get them elected. Find me an elected official who followed through on EVERY promise they made during their campaign, I dare you!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  211. Zac - Atlanta

    Well Republicans, especially their Senators, seem to hate gay rights, but seem to love gay escorts. Maybe some of them ARE gay?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  212. Kris Craig in Olympia, WA

    Apparently, not all Republicans like going to tea parties and calling our first African-American President a gay Nazi. Not all Republicans get attention by pretending to cry on Fox News. Not all Republicans secretly (and not-so secretly) root for our nation to fail whenever they lose an election. And not all Republicans are as ditzy and dumb as Caribu Barbie and Dubya. Amazing! I owe my friend ten bucks.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  213. Annie, Atlanta

    As you said, Jack, it's costing them dearly. You can't treat the people you want to represent with contempt and expect them to turn out at the polls for you. They used to get away with it until we finally woke up to the hateful undertones and buzz words.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  214. Harold in Sacramento

    Unless you have been living in a cave with Bin Laden, you have seen enough information to realize, that homosexuals are born homosexual, and to deny someone the same rights most of us have because of the way they were born is racist, I don't think real pepublicans want to be seen as racist, some republicans have actually evolved.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  215. Renee Nashville, TN

    We are learning that the GOP will say and do anything to take control of the country. YOU CAN'T WIN THEM ALL! They need to take a long vacation and keep their plans to themselves! Or they can continue to look like desperate idiots. At least then American's can have something to laugh about during this post Bush catastrophe!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  216. Tom Dempsey

    Same-sex marriage is becoming inevitable and Republicans see it. With four states (and many world countries) recognizing gay marriage and more US states to follow, Republicans see the day coming when gay marriage rights will happen. It is time to shed the bigotry of the day much like prejudices against African-Americans in the past. Yes, some will still hold on to those prejudices but the day is coming where you cannot shout those bigoted views in public. See Miss California as an example of the day.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  217. Kavan

    Though I feel this call more likely due to, as you said, a desire to win votes, I would hope that it comes from a genuine understanding from some in the party that as a society we must strive to grow beyond prejudice and hate.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  218. Jose - Missouri

    A party of values or a party of convenience? Sounds like hypocrisy to me. I can honestly say that if the party changes their stance on this issue would undermine their most fundamental ideology and would only strengthen the democratic base. The days of bigotry, racism, and intolerance are numbered this is inevitable to happen in the most diverse country in the world.

    Jose
    Springfield, MO

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  219. Bonnie Fellman

    President Obama has manners and class!
    Margaret Mead, famed anthropologist described the use of good manner the best when she said “I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like”.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  220. Katrina

    I hope that it's because Republicans realize that putting a stop to the systematic descrimination of a group of people is simply the right thing to do. However, I think the real reason is the hope that supporting gay marriage will win votes for the Republican party.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  221. Andrea

    Hey Jack...they're desperate! Imagine the Republicans courting the Gay Vote...my, my, my I am getting old because that is something I never thought I would see! It matters not, because it is coming from a place of desperation, not from really caring if Gays have rights. Can't wait for the first "Log Cabin" Pride Parade!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  222. noreen salter

    Why should govenment or any individual worry about it. People only have to answer to one in the end. so choose wisley how you live your life on earth God will make the decission in the end not others.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  223. Stephen

    The Republican party must measure what it could gain with what it would loose. Adding a few Gays and loosing 95% of the party is not an option.

    The Republican Party is suffering from lack of leadership. Jerry Farwell did a great deal to hold the Republican Party together. His leadership and ability to turn out the vote is sorely missed.

    Obama is doing more to help the Republican Party than the Republican Party's leadership. When the Republican Party finds a leader it will be strong again and Gay marrage will be overruled by a future Supreme Court.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  224. Michael

    The GOP is desperate. They have been a desperate party for years. Yet, now with the true onset of the next generation, the free information generation, the old GOP and their non-secular say anything, do anything approach to politics is being drowned out. The real pressing issue is the concern for hostility from the extreme right as they watch their ultra-conservative christian party, which has been in ultimate control for the past 8 years, slowly fade into the past.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  225. Jerry Schaefer

    I am an agnostic, a Republican, and I have several gay friends, I would be the last person I know of to stand up for any religion; but this is outrageous. I have always noticed something of my gay friends; and that is how understanding they are. What I cannot understand is how the gay / lesbian community can knowingly seek to trample someone elses religion. A marriage is the coming together of a man and woman under god. I think that this issue would be more easily settled if the gay / lesbian community were to initiate a coming together of their own. Don't take Christianity and seek to make it your own; the rules are the rules; it is not an erector set for anyone to pick and choose which aspects of the religion they wish to abide by; or add their own twist as they go along. Create your own "coming together of two people" and i can guarantee that you will see less opposition; but please do not trample on others religions beliefs

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  226. Bernadette Loesch

    dear Jack, at this point in time the Republicans are not only running scared but desparate to get people back into the fold...they will do and say ANYTHING that gets them this support whether it's genuine or not! Oh so very sad.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  227. george

    jack it seems as though you hit the nail on the head.....percieved intollerance..............and the percieved possibility that republicans wont be in power for a very long time if the dont give themselves a facelift followed by a little lyposuctioning in the form of some the old gaurd ie incumbants just going away.
    the previous admininstration left such a bad taste in everyones mouth including members of there own party that there change in attitude is not much of a surprise.
    on the issue of tollerance and accepting behavior
    it's obvious that the next election has allready begun, good luck.
    george
    chester,ct.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  228. Greg

    Political expedience. Simply political expedience. Someone should make a list of what else will they need flip flop on or need to say, to get elected in the next cycle?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  229. Kim from PA

    Why does the GOP have a sudden interest in Gay marriage...simple they need the votes. Same reason they chose Steel and we see how well that turned out. If they were serious about equal rights... they might want to start by genuinely caring about the demographic they seek to shift to their side.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  230. Ken in NC

    If Navys cannot arrest pirates maybe a fer bullet holes in the bottom of their boat will discourage them if they do not sink before reaching shore.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  231. Ruth

    SIMPLE!! The Republicans are now trying to get back on track. They are countering the Bush years with some "sane" ideology.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  232. Sheri : Arkansas

    The day the GOP decides to support the "Middle Class" instead of big
    business and the wealthy, they might have a snow ball's chance in hell of picking up a few votes. Civil unions are a better solution. Since the GOP has never appealed to gays or blacks, I doubt it would make a political
    difference.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  233. Paul

    Jack, The republicans can change their position on gay marriage but until the party rids themselves of everyone leading them they will NEVER truly accept gay marriage. They need to empty their party of everyone currently running it and make a clean start for the American people and especially the gay community to believe that they are sincere. You can put a wolf in sheep's clothing but in the end it's still a wolf.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  234. Kim from PA

    Why does the GOP have a sudden interest in Gay marriage...simple they need the votes. Same reason they chose Steel and we see how well that turned out.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  235. John Duvall

    Because they are self centered hypocrites?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  236. Diane Zimberoff

    What most people in the anti-gay marriage movement may not remember, is how the HIV virus began to spread in the gay community during the 1960's and 1970's. It was through the promiscuity rampent in the gay community. The HIV epidemic actually taught gay people how important it was to be in committed relationships with single partners. The fact that gay people are now wanting to have families and to release the shame of having to hide, is wonderful progress for all of us. It reduces the spread of HIV and brings morality to the gay community. If people value marriage, committment and healthy family, then lets value that for everyone.
    Diane Zimberoff, Issaquah, WA.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  237. JC

    Because being anti-gay marriage is the silliest argument around today. So much time and energy is wasted fighting against gay marriage when there are so many more real issues to tackle.

    Meddling in the lives of gay people just seems so petty.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  238. Craig Chilton

    (Re-Post, because I forgot to include city & state.)

    For those high-profile Republicans to be doing this reflects their awareness that the ELECTORATE is fast realizing that same-sex marriage is 100% HARMLESS. And thus will very soon be voting AGAINST intolerant candidates.

    - Craig Evansdale, Iowa

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  239. Donna

    It's all about votes, Jack. The republicans can count, and there's an election coming up next year.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  240. Robert

    Great idea. Lets be more educated and learn that everyone will get benefitted from equality. Stop homophobia.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  241. Al from SoCal

    Many are reacting emotionally, compassionately or with empathy.
    Because too many people haven't really sat down and thought about what this is all about. It's about whether or not we should give out specialty rights to groups that have not proven their reasoning for their existence. I believe that reasoning behind the supreme court ruling concerning sexual preference is flawed. Prove to me that you are a homosexual as I can prove that I am the man or a woman can prove that she is a woman give me undeniable evidence either genetic biological physiological,chemical hormonal, anything more than just something in your head that makes you think you are homosexual. I believe that the majority of the people enjoying the gay lifestyle are not true homosexuals therefore they are choosing to live a life of deviance. Giving specialty rights to those choosing preternatural lifestyles or desires can only open the door for others to proclaim rights for their aberrations
    Society not courts must be allowed to define moral and immoral behavior, And time after time the people have chosen against gay marriages,

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  242. Kathleen Peterson

    Hi Jack,

    Republicans are taking a new look at everything. . . Gay marriage is something that is going to happen. If they can get into a leadership position on this and other issues, they will have a chance to convince young people to take a look at their party. Ultra conservative ideology is not appealing to people who want government to deal with reality and make a positive difference in the lives of the governed.

    Kathleen

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  243. Ralph

    Republicans who advocate supporting gay marriage are sickos. Since when are political parties in the business of institutionalizing sexual perversion? Is there anyone in either party who thinks normal thoughts anymore?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  244. Danny Foglia

    If Republicans moved more to the left on social issues, it would no doubt make it easier for them to win elections. Conservatives will never vote for a Democrat, and the progressive views on social issues would bring more young voters in. Even though it would anger many on the right, where would they go? I'm sure they'd rather vote for a socially liberal, yet fiscally conservative Republican than re-elect President Obama.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  245. Gary, texas

    The politics of hate.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  246. kunle

    The G.O.P decision to start looking at same sex marriage is a calculated attempt to finally infuse self destruction into conservatism as we know it . But what i dont understand is why there no push back from strong G.O.P leaders against this arrant nonsense. By the way the G.O.P did not loose because of same sex marriage they did because of Bush's way of doing things. Remember Prop8 did not pass in california that should tell the G.O.P something i.e people are still in favor of man and woman=children.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  247. Mr.Rogers in Dallas

    Maybe Roves child prodigy,Smitty here, is gay.Rove could be too for all we know Jack,just cause he is married to a woman doesnt mean a thing.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  248. John Duvall

    Because they are self centered hypocrites?

    Hastings on Hudson, NY

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  249. Dennis Scoles, Redwood Valley, CA

    The GOP needs to get smart about this. Rather than gain votes they will lose votes,mine included. This is not a political but a matter of Biblical view. I'm with Obama on this one, Civil Unions Yes but no same-sex marriage.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  250. Susan - Plano, TX

    Jack,

    Slowly but surely, GOP has realized the need for the 'CHANGE", also there are so many gays inside the GOP can finally come to the surface and hold hands with their significant ones in the public. This is a win-win strategy.

    Susan
    Plano, TX

    April 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  251. Richard Lombardo

    To me, guys who abuse their wives, either physically, mentall or emotionally are a greater threat to the marriage than some same-sex couple in the neighborhood who are married. I've never understood the theory that gay marriage is a threat to heterosexual marriage. How..?? I can't make the connection and I'm a heterosexual. The less-progressive republicans are the real threat to a peaceful America. No gay marriage. No gun control. No ban on assault weapons. No stem-cell research. No abortion rights. No tolerance for anybody but Christians. They voted for George Bush not once, BUT TWICE..!! These people are just not to be taken seriously.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  252. Charity- Raleigh, NC

    Many Republicans cite abortion and homosexuality issues as primary in their choice of candidates. By becoming more pro-gay, what will change? The number of Republican voters, or the age of the voters? They will lose the older crowd for sure, but gain more support from younger voters. Only time will tell...

    April 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  253. Paul, Detroit,MI.

    They are try to save their political careers so they need the gay votes. That is pitty trying to gays to keep their seats.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  254. Karlheinz, Bonn, Germany

    Because the GOP is totally loosing track with Obamas policy to rejoin civilization again. Some young Republicans realize that American conservatism will drown in the middle ages if they don't start to define something like a Republican kind of liberalism. The GOP's problem, though, is that they then might loose the far right electorate to a new right wing movement. If you want to anticipate what happens if parties adjust to growing right wing movements, just look an German history.
    Karlheinz, Bonn, Germany

    April 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  255. Sam

    Now that their party is in shambles they've got to do something to stay relevant. Even selling out the beliefs they've held. I say they should hold on to their integrity and become an obsolete party, but there's no such thing as integrity in politics.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  256. Wayne

    Why? Because the Republican Party feel they have to complete right to decided what is moral and what is not in America. What's next they decided what we get to serve our families for dinner each evening? Gay people should have the absolute same rights to marriage and equality as us straight couples.

    Maitland, FL

    April 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  257. Kendo

    The question should have been will someone be gay if one parent choose to be gay in the first place?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  258. robbie from fortlauderdale

    jack... by the time 2012 the republican party is gonna stoop for voters.
    with no new plan of their own ,they may want same sex marriage for rats....... jack i believe in marriage between man and woman but i think if you like same sex its up to u! don't force it on me..

    April 20, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  259. Sam, PA

    Here we go...more moderates trying to preach to the rest of us Republicans. I guess the McCains didn't learn their lesson after the last election. Half of the Republican Party is made up of RINOs. Recently, true Conservatives have had no problem attracting people and organizing – what do you think the Tea Party Movement is all about? P.S. You might want to pass it on to Arlen Specter that 2010 is right around the corner!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  260. Roland - St George, UT

    The last gasp of a drowning behemoth. If the Republican party really wants to reach younger progressive voters, they should recognize that marriage is a religious ritual, and adopt the position that the Government gives a civil union to anyone who applies (regardless of opposite or same or trans-gender), and then if someone wants a "marriage" they can go to the church of their choice and get one. Until then, they are just pandering and pumping hot air (and frankly, so are the Democrats and Libertarians unless they change their viewpoints). The Government has no business in the marriage business. Period.

    Roland/St George, UT

    April 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  261. Donald of Tampa Area

    Jack: I would say some republicans are calling for a change because they actually know their elbow from their navel. Donald

    April 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  262. Mike T

    The Republicans have much bigger problems than worrying about Gay marriage. Maybe they haven't noticed, but SARAH PALIN is still considered a Republican front runner! I ask you, which is scarier? Two gay guys exchanging vows, or Sarah Palin as president of anything?

    April 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  263. Butch

    It's a shame that you people on the left, that includes you also Jack, can't understand. Being a homosexual is against the laws of God and of nature, but that doesn't seem to seep into that shell your wearing on your head. If they want to be gay let them, but don't push your un-natural acts upon the rest of us that understand what God has said and nature has done! You think that saying that it is legal makes it OK, it doesn't . You want to further tear the moral fabric by forcing it on society and on it's Churches.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  264. mptoks

    Why? Because they think supporting same sex marriage is one of the major reasons why the Republicans lost to the Democrats.... The fact of the matter is: Young Republicans are not switching because GOP is not supporting gay marriages. GOP has to put forth reliable representatives that young republicans can relate to (possible younger than McCain).
    Stop wasting your time changing GOP policies since the policy is the major reason true Republicans are Republicans.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  265. Derek Havens

    Republicans seem to be desperately attempting to attract voters by insincerely "baiting" itself with the trappings of being trendy. Most new voters have access to more information than ever before, giving them almost instant fact-checking.
    Cultures change and evolve just as nature changes to evolve.
    Fortunately, our founding fathers designed a government with the flexibility to match that dynamism and change without losing its structure and intent.
    The Republicans need to redefine themselves outside of a cold-war, threat of Godless commies mentality; not because it's cool, but because it's what's happening.
    Derek

    April 20, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  266. Travis Rizzo

    This is the future, are reasoning abilities work against our superstitions, it is almost a certainty that the Republican party will have to become less conservative on this issue, hence the need to rally together.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  267. Kim VA

    Hi Jack;

    It's simple, they want 49% of the white male population backer showing they aren't tolerant of them. Even Dick Cheney hid his daughter' for partician purposes. Add a few Palinteers and they think people will forget all they said, especially prop 8.

    Won't work though, just because the current Greedy OLD Profiteers (GOP) have selective amnesia, doesn't mean the "average educated past high schooler does.

    The Gay community are very smart and don't like being slapped in the face, and told in a "holier than thou" that there're all going to hell.
    Macaroni one minute and Rice-a-roni, the next minute.

    I think they are choosing Gays for he votes only, they've already said they hate their lifestyle.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  268. Jeremy Bachelor

    It's a winning formula! I don't see Republicans losing any older Christian voters by embracing a more progressive view on social issues. Some on the right may get angry about it, but it's not like they're going to start voting for Democrats.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  269. Steve

    Greece and Rome were weakened and destroyed from within. All great cultures, including ours, will die because the they choose to slide down the moral abyss. Gays living with one another is a right, a choice, just as a person has a right to set himself on fire or inject himself with cocaine. But gay marriage is not a right, as it requires the vast majority to financially support an aberrant life-style. The gay lobby has successfully created a "homophobe" which is of course a normal hetrosexual view. "Homophobe" is propaganda and nothing more. Homosexuality is not normal, not because someone "decides" it isnt' but because common sense will tell you that the culture and race would die if procreation halted. A man and a woman are genetically made up primarily for procreation. Without it, there is no more human race. My argument is not, again, that gays cannot choose the life-style or live with a person of the same gender. it is an argument against gay marriage.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  270. Josh in Georgia

    it would be great for iindependents and moderates if the GOP dropped these social issues since we don't really have a party. We have to select from the lessor of two evils. But how many religious conservatives would the GOP lose for every young person attracted? I don't think they get their values from what the young folks think is hip.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  271. Danielle

    Hey Jack, I wouldn’t say that what the republicans are doing is the right thing but it’s definitely good politics. Just a few short months ago they were against same sex marriages and now they are trying to change their tactics to increase their party size. They should try to find some kind of issue that wouldn’t make them sound hypocritical and that might possibly work.

    Danielle

    Westfield, Pa

    April 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  272. Luis G.

    The members of the GOP who are showing a change in attitude for the gay marriage issue are fishing for votes. They probably believe that the values of this country are changing. And maybe in a sense they are. But I myself have noticed an increase in the attendance of local churches. And even a very surpirising increase in the number of young adults getting baptized. I think there will be a huge change in the next voting sessions in local, state and gov because of this. People who sat back and let things happen that they did not believe in are starting to wake up. As the Japanese admiral in charge of the Pearl Harbor attack said, "I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant." GOD BLESS AMERICA

    April 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  273. Ngozi Ngonadi

    Same sex marriage is evil and immoral. should not be on the front burner now that every family is battling with how to eat
    Ng

    April 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  274. Ron Wilcoxen

    The Republican Party is always fighting something. They fight for commerce/trade at the expense of colleralel damage such as the poor or the disenfranchised. They fight the government (when they can't usurp it).

    In fact many of the hapless disenfranchised actually join the party to fight against people other than themselves – such as those whose beliefs are out of the right's very narrow "Born Again" comfort zone.

    Even if the Republican Party could accept "gay marriage", it wouldn't be out of any concern for a disenfranchised 10% of the population; it would be a blatent compromise to attract young voters.

    HA! They'd have to change their whole Weltanschauung to gather a handfull of Independents or Democrats.

    Won't happen....
    Don't even bother...

    April 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  275. Tony

    That was just a warm handshake. What looked bad was President Bush holding hands with Price Abdullah. That look gayish.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  276. Susanne

    Mr Jack,
    I cannot say this is a dilemma for republicans, however this is a battle between Conservative Christians/Republicans and Liberal Democrats

    This has come down to a *Spiritual Battle* within the realm of Politics.
    Many conservative christians see this as GOOD vs Evil....in the Last Days we as Christians, this is what we have heard all of our lives would happen upon the return of the LORD...

    Living in the Days of Noah...Reading the Bible for Conservative Christians Republicans is now what News channels such as CNN
    broadcasts about the current social conditions of the world.

    Most Conservatives see this as the End of a USA the one the GOD of the Bible once blessed.... Frankly it does not matter anymore....
    GOD is letting MAN destroy himself this is how GOD seperates the Sheeps from the Goats....

    April 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  277. Aneil McMurray from Hawaii

    Jack,
    Republicans are finally realizing that in order to stay relevant, they're going to have to become – gasp – more liberal!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  278. Venia PA

    Republicans say they want small gov yet tell you whom to marry and what to do with your body. They say they are pro life yet love war, guns, hunting and the death penalty.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  279. Cody NJ

    They're just desperate to get back in the game again. Only three months since they lost control and now they're wanting to do things that seemed like they'd never do.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  280. Immy, Tampa FL

    It is called survival and no matter what it takes even renegging on your perceived values. Dont forget the elections are only 18 months away and need to change their colors before that; otherwise, it is lights out for Republicans.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  281. Joe Terrogano

    They are calling for support of gay marriage so Rove can come out of the closet.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  282. Chris

    As I grow older I am finding that I am leaning farther towards the Republican side of things but I just can't make the full commitment solely because of the party's archaic positions on social issues. If the Republicans don't do something they will be swept aside by a third party that is willing to address this issue.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  283. Brian W McGovern

    In order to vote in some primary elections you must belong to one of the major parties. The fact is most voters don't contribute to or follow a party line intently but know what they like. The majority of Californians voted to exclude gay unions from being termed and legally recognized as marriages in one form or another at least twice so far in spite of the influx of out-of-state residents exerting influence vocally and monetarily to affect the change. Ideally, politicians would like to appeal to everyone in an attempt to garner votes and yes, perhaps the older and more conservative voters may be dying out but we're not dead yet! No one voted Perez Hilton to any office I know of and he does not speak for me or any other Californian I know.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  284. Tom Haber

    The GOP is between a "Rock and a Hard Place"!
    If they reject Gay Rights and stay with the Christian Taliban
    they will drive most everyone else away.
    If they accept Gay Rights and reject the Christian Taliban
    they will drive their religious base away.
    Either way, GOP, don't let the door hit you on your way out!!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  285. Harold in Sacramento

    Are the Minniapolist airport police aware of this....Larry Craig

    April 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  286. Jazzme

    And all you sanctimonious people out there who uphold this righteous belief that marriage law is only between "a man and a woman". DUH!!! Are you also proud of the statistics and the rate of infidelity–including your "Presidents of the United States". Like there have been no other changes or amendments, over time, in the last 200 years or 500 years! Maybe women should not be allowed "the right to vote". Or blacks should still be used for slaves. Or maybe, English rule, should be over America. Savages!! I want to vomit when I hear Hannity and his "holiness" and how UNhumankind he is to any callers who dispute him. And I was a CRUSADER for GOLDWATER!! (right or wrong) But times have sure changed!! And they need to CONTINUE CHANGING!!!!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  287. Happy in Arizona

    They need the votes. As for me, I do not support gay marriage period.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  288. José Dirceu Farias From Ponta Grossa, Brazil

    Sorry, forgot to identify where I am located now, but I am an American citizen who votes. PRINCIPLE should never be compromised for the sake of votes! Truth stands and opinions come and go. And homesexual marriage is against anything godly. Why compromise with the truth. Eventually justice will be made! Those who favor homosexual marriage, where do you base your stand on this matter? I see, you are enlightened, hum? You are intelligent, aren't you? You are better than those of us, poor little Christian believers, hum? Now, deep down you know nothing, you do not know what is origin (I forgot, you think you are an evolution of a monkey), neither do you know your destination! And you may win somethings here on earth, BUT WHAT IS THAT COMPARED WITH ETERNITY? This life on earth compared to eternity is like a drop of water in the ocean, or like a grand of sand in the desert!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  289. Jerry EZ,Texas

    The near extinct GOP has nothing new and clings to OLD politics and their dictatorship policies, NOW some might see that the world is changing and we must find a common ground in areas of disagreement and work from there.

    Haven't the Republicans heard, under the lack of their leadership for the past 16 of last 20 years the world has and is still changing and leaving us behind.

    Welcome to the future Republicans, (CONs that SERV CORPORATE EXECUTIVES) CONSERVATIVES.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  290. Bonnie Fellman

    If there is truly a separation of church and state and the GOP abides by that, why are the Republicans always trying to make legislation according to church rules? To stay afloat, the GOP needs to morph itself into accepting the ways of the world today. Maybe the Republican party will splinter even more as people struggle with abandoning their long-held so-called ideals.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  291. Trevor

    I was a first time voter last election. The only way the Republican party will survive the next election is if they move past these old, dated social issues that the new, up and coming generation doesn't care about.

    Trevor,
    Doylestown, PA

    April 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  292. robinson,

    to be conservative about life ,and the way we live ls very important,lts just that american in genaral have no morals -90%percents are gays,forgive me if this bothers you jack!!!im waiting for sanjay gupta,to tell me whats
    wrong with this sects of animals!!!
    robinson -hamburg germany

    April 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  293. KATHY

    This is a purely crass political attitude adjustment, given that most young voters do not identify with the Republican Party and only 25% of the country identifies with them. The GOP has been the party of fear mongering and divisive opinions. Have they really changed? I don't think so. It's time for politicians to let go of the personal issues like sexual and abortion politics and leave those decisions where they belong – to the individual. The real problems of this country can't be solved while we try to demonize each other. Wake up, GOP.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  294. George Ferdinand

    Jack,

    Probably because they want their party to be more inclusive. But being a Democrat I could care less either way, I hope it creates a divide in that party of the wealthy and they stay in the minority for the rest of my lifetime.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  295. jeff olson

    Gay Marriage- Legalize iit for equal tax and insurance benefits and let the churches decide if it will be a sanctified union.
    *Illegal immig- Dig a moat along the southern US border and use the dirt to bring New Orleans up to sea level-then take Florida aligators to the moat, backed by the National Guard to seal the Borders-BOTH directions
    *Handshake with Chavez- You need to establish a basically friendly dialog-This is the first step in building a relationship-not Butt Kissing.
    * Iran-Israel
    Let them blow each other up
    *Banks- How did B of A get such a large profit after the Stimulus? How about the increased fees for "services"? And the others.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  296. Sandy, Austin, Tx

    Republicans, especially those up for re-elections, know that if they want a new generation of Republicans to join the ranks and stay, they have to become party that reflects this time and era. It is no longer the fifties and most people have stretched their mind thoughts. But, as a Democrat, I am just thinking (hoping). Our world is changing.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  297. José Dirceu Farias From Ponta Grossa, Brazil

    Mr Whitaker you said "The Republicans has a problems they’re pro-life, but they will be the first to stand in line for the death penalty. Go Figures" ... you do not understand truth and you do not know that the death penalty is favored by God in His Word. Those who perpetrate atrocities should pay for what they do!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  298. Jazzme

    It is pure ignorance of the GOP-Republican Party to embrace the views of Limbaugh and/or Hannity. Good gravy! I can not call myself a conservative since these two, filty rich, BIM**s took over the GOP. They are shameful for their arrogance. I have been a Repub. for more than 45 years, so I too am one of those “old, gray-haired fogeys” of the party. But I am more of a Progressive Conservative. I supported Giuliani and am SO HAPPY to hear the “voice” of Meagan McCain. She should have given her pops stronger counseling. I could not vote for him or Obama.
    This is SO ridiculous, these religious fanatics! Do they even know a person(s) who is gay. How can they decide what rights to allow fellow American-beings. And have they ever known a person who was too afraid to abort an undesirable pregnancy and sought to induce a dangerous self-abortion!!?? I would go one step further and enforce a law to minimize/restrict the size of a family. Has anyone done the math lately! I figured this out about 48 years ago, that over-population is and will continue to be our #1 problem—that no one has fortitude enough to face. But HURRAH!!! for Meagan McCain !!! SHE is a hero, to be so brave!!!

    April 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  299. Layne Alleman

    Jack, It hopefully means that not all Republicans are Snidely Whiplash, or waiting for the Rapture. L. Alleman Antioch, Il.

    April 20, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  300. E.J. in Tacoma

    Jack,
    I really think the Republican party needs a face lift. I think more Log cabin Republicans and people like Schmidt should come out of the woodwork and get this party looking towards the future instead of doom and gloom!
    Meghan McCain is so refreshing I hope she stays in the Republican party and moves it forward into the future. Enough of this living with scare tactics of the past and rhetorical fear speeches. Bring on the new young Republicans the party can still have it's values with new ideas.
    E.J. in Tacoma

    April 20, 2009 at 6:49 pm |