Because their own pollsters are telling them to adapt or die.
A GOP pollster sent out a memo arguing for the Republican party to change its stance on gay marriage at the same time that two of the party’s more high profile members made sure to position themselves against it after the President’s big week.
An email from Jan van Lohuizen, a GOP pollster who worked on George Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign, has made the rounds on the blogs today for arguing that Republicans have to change their stance on gay marriage. Lohuizen uses recent polling data to make his case that, while Democrats support gay marriage more than Republicans, the younger members of the party are becoming more tolerant. Support for gay marriage, “has grown at an accelerated rate with no sign of slowing down.”
“As people who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government,” Lohuizen writes, “we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government.”
Wow, next thing you know, they’ll be approving of man-on-dog marriage…
The Stonewall riots, the birth of this modern equal rights movement, happened in 1969. Here it is 2012, 43 years ago. The GOP is finally catching up. I knew they were slow, but damn. They Gayroller 2000 rolls on!