More than 100 big-name Republicans have signed a new brief urging the Supreme Court to codify the right to gay marriage in one of the biggest shifts toward embracing gay marriage in the recent history of the GOP. But while significant, the shift is less than meets the eye. The fact is that the vast majority of the signers are no longer in office or never were and don’t have to worry about their next election (New York Rep. Richard Hanna and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen are the only federal officeholders on the list). For Republicans who have to face their party’s voters ever few years, it’s a much harder hill to climb, and that will prevent the larger party from embracing gay marriage any time soon.
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