When Democrats announced that their 2012 platform would include a historic first — marriage equality written in as a plank — the reaction from mainstream Republicans was near silence. There were no statements blasted out from Mitt Romney’s campaign. The same was true for the Republican National Committee. Romney has yet to address the the fact. The pushback came largely from social conservatives and evangelicals, who pledged to make same-sex unions an issue going forward and insisted the stand will hurt Democrats. But the comparative quiet from party leaders would have been unimaginable even four years ago, when public opinion hadn’t yet shifted so rapidly on a signature social issue. And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.
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