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Monday, November 03, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Gay marriage: Colorado Republicans, once seizing it as issue, now shrug"

The much missed Jon Murray, formerly of the IndyStar, reported Oct. 31 in the Denver Post in a long story. Some quotes:

Just two years ago, Colorado's House Republican leadership felt so strongly about fighting off legal recognition for same-sex relationships that they twice torpedoed a civil unions bill that otherwise was guaranteed passage on the floor.

The world has changed drastically since then — and so has the approach by the state GOP's standard-bearers to the once-divisive topic. * * *

Colorado's new gay marriage reality once was a prospect that drove fearful voters to the polls, as when they passed the state's now-invalid constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006. Back then, Colorado's Republican members of Congress frequently co-sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment to ban gay marriage everywhere.

But ahead of the Nov. 4 election, gay marriage now is an apparent non-issue.

GOP insiders and political analysts say Colorado Republicans' rapid tone shift — which still meets resistance from some social conservatives — is necessary for their political survival.

In the last three years, polls have gone from showing the state's voters evenly split on gay marriage to favoring it by a solid majority — as high as 61 percent . Republicans remain divided in polls, though most support at least civil unions. * * *

Movement on marriage has happened so fast that even some Colorado Democrats, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, Beauprez's opponent, have come around to supporting same-sex marriage vocally only in the last year, as it became clear it was a winning issue. * * *

But while the debate has shifted nationally, it's not over. Some big-name Republicans have decried the rulings on gay marriage, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and 2016 presidential aspirants such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

In Colorado, too, the GOP still has some catching up to do.

While party spokesman Owen Loftus says the party hears little from the rank-and-file about gay marriage, the party's platform resolutions, adopted in April, include one saying: "It is resolved by Colorado Republicans to support and defend the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

That item was approved at April's state assembly by a nearly 5-to-1 margin.

And some elected officials and Republican candidates vow not to back down or accept that the Supreme Court's action likely brings finality to the gay marriage fight in Colorado.

But what they can do is unclear.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 3, 2014 04:21 PM
Posted to Indiana Government