Potential Republican candidates are being questioned concerning their views on same-sex marriage. Republican Marco Rubio did not hesitate when he said, he did not believe that being gay was a choice for the majority of people. Florida Senator, Rubio’s comments were made on Face the Nation April 19. He believes individual states should make the decision concerning same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court should not be left with the task of defining marriage. Rubio did say that he personally defines marriage as between a man and a woman. At the same time, he also believes people are born with their sexual orientation.
The Supreme Court is expected to take a broad stance on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in June. 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, according to a Gallup poll taken in May 2014. There has been a change in public opinion over the past two decades. Republicans are also growing, but are only 30 percent supportive, according to the same poll.
Rubio has openly stated that he would attend a same-sex wedding, in an interview with Fusion on April 15. He continued, saying, he would attend the wedding if it was someone he cared about. There is no reason to hurt their feelings simply because he disagrees with their personal decision.
Texas Senator, Ted Cruz, said that he has not had to make a decision concerning attending a same-sex wedding. He offered no other answer or conjecture on the subject.
Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania Senator said he would most certainly not attend a same-sex marriage. Even though he has not yet announced his candidacy for President.
John Kasich, Ohio Governor, who has also not yet announced his plan to run for president, told CNN April 18, that he came home and told his wife that his friend was getting married, and asked her if she wanted to go. She answered excitedly, “Absolutely!” Kasich said his friend knows how he feels, personally about the issue, but he will be there to support him. Very simple decision, he said.
Not all Republicans are so open-minded. Denver’s Western Conservative Summit is June 26-28. A Republican gay organization, called the “Log Cabin,” was given a refund for their booth April 15 and told they were welcome to buy tickets and attend the event, but the Summit could not be associated with the organization.
Secretary of the state chapter, of Log Cabin Republicans, said they face this issue often. The Republican Party wants the organization’s money quietly, while they remain in the closet. This is an essential time to reach out to every type of organization, different kinds of people, Republicans and conservatives alike. People want to see a hearty political debate, and if the Republicans come across as anti-gay, young people will walk the other way.
The head of the Centennial Institute, John Andrews was not impressed that the Log Cabin Republicans sent out a press release about their attendance without talking about it with with him first. The Log Cabin Republicans advocate same-sex marriage and the group’s “worldview and policy agenda are fundamentally at odds with what Colorado Christian University stands for, so it’s just not a fit.” Andrews said, this is just how it has to be.
Andrews said that the Summit does not allow any groups who advocate for higher taxes, climate change, and more. The Summit’s policy is clearly explained on the Convention’s website, and he blamed the Log Cabin group for not reading the policy before paying for their booth rental.
On April 16, Steve House, the Colorado Republican Party Chairman, publicly invited the Log Cabin Republicans to share a booth with them at the summit. Andrews agreed with that compromise, as it worked for him.
“Being gay is not a choice.” It does not matter what your personal feelings are, people are who they are born to be. Marco Rubio is a Republican who seems to understand this, and is not ashamed to be open about it.
By Jeanette Smith