From Pew Research:
Percentage of populations favoring gay marriage:
Democrats – 65% (2008 – 50%)
Independents – 51% (2008 – 44%)
Republicans – 24% (2008 – 19%)
The referenced Pew research polls show that favorability of gay marriage has increased substantially over the last four years (2008 to 2012).
The gap between Republicans and Democrats has widened, and so has the gap between Republicans and Independents. Politically, this would suggest that the Republicans suppress talk about gay marriage during the election, but I doubt that will happen.
One speculation in the Pew article is that the reason for the increased tolerance of gay marriage may have to do with a more tolerant attitude toward homosexuality in general. This has apparently taken place over a long period of time, and not just in the last four years.
My purpose for publishing this information is not to get the same old arguments going about gay vs straight, but to ask the question, “Should Republicans make a big deal of the Democrats new policy of advocating gay marriage in the Presidential election?”
What do you think?