Sen. Portman’s dramatic reversal. Now all we need is 40 more Republican senators’ sons to come out.
In other news, CPAC may have banned GOProud, but its clear which way the wind is blowing.
More. Jennifer Rubin writes: “the question is not whether the GOP comes to terms with gay marriage, but when and how many elections it will lose along the way.” Indeed.
Furthermore. Via Michael Barone: Support for same-sex marriage crosses party lines. Or at least it now could, if there were a will to engage with libertarian conservatives rather than to just raise money for Democrats.
Still more. Again, via Jennifer Rubin:
Thirty years after Ronald Reagan was president, Republicans are still running on a tripartite alliance of social, fiscal and foreign policy conservatives. Alas, such candidates run on a myth; that coalition has splintered and what will replace it is far from clear. . . .
One approach would be to become the reform party on entitlements, education, health care, employee unions and even the Pentagon while being agnostic on social issues. Or the party could go fully libertarian leaving hawks and social conservatives adrift but gaining urban and suburban professionals and social liberals. Another formula would be to embrace pro-life, pro-immigration, strong-on-defense conservatives with a Tory welfare state that loses business conservatives but takes on working class and minority voters.
This battle must be engaged. Too bad the largest LGBT lobbies are cocooned up with their Democratic party commanders, working to keep the GOP as anti-gay as possible (e.g., HRC’s backing Democrats running against openly gay and gay-supportive Republicans).