Talking Points Memo
April 2, 2013

As poll after poll shows a growing number of Americans favoring marriage equality, Republican leaders on the national stage have slowly signaled a willingness to moderate their long-held opposition. Rob Portman (R-OH) last month became the first Republican senator to endorse same-sex marriage. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said last week that while the party still opposes gay nuptials, the GOP doesn’t “need to act like Old Testament heretics.” And freshman Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Sunday said that a Republican presidential nominee who backs marriage equality is “inevitable.” While national Republicans have softened on gay marriage, state and local leaders don’t seem to have gotten the message.