NASHVILLE, December 5th, 2013–
Today Speaker of the House John Boehner told CNN correspondents that the GOP certainly needs to begin openly supporting gay GOP politicians that run for office. When asked the question by CNN, Boehner responded, “I do.”
Last Summer support for gay marriage hit an all time high. The surge of support came on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling that laws governing gay marriage should remain within the states.
There is certainly a generational divide when it comes to laws governing homosexuality in the republican party. Overall, 56% of republicans oppose gay marriage. However, the plurality of republicans under 50 support gay marriage. Forty-nine percent of republicans under 50 support gay marriage, while only 46% oppose it. Without regard to political party, 73% of voters under 30 support gay marriage.
With the majority of Americans supporting gay marriage, and a vast majority of younger voters supporting it, establishment republicans are now singing a different tune.
Rep Randy Forbes (R-VA) shot back at Speaker Boehner in opposition. According to Politico, Forbes has been leading something of a crusade in Washington to convince colleges that PAC money and think-tank support should not be given to gay republican candidates.
Forbes says that he doesn’t oppose individuals giving money to gay candidates, but feels that aggregate resources should not be delegated to such candidates.