A person could get whiplash trying to keep up with what’s going on with the GOP’s changing attitudes toward same-sex marriage! Last week, the first-ever GOP sponsor of a marriage equality bill emerged in the form of Minnesota State Senator Branden Petersen. In response, the National Organization for Marriage came out swinging on Monday, making this statement:
“Republicans like Branden Petersen don’t realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican. NOM will do everything in our power to defeat any Republican who votes in favor of same-sex marriage. Legislators need look no further than what happened to GOP Senators in New York. Four of them were responsible for passing gay marriage. We helped take out three of those Senators by repeatedly informing their constituents of their betrayal on marriage. They are now out of office. We will not hesitate to do the same thing in Minnesota.”
But by the end of Monday, yet another development–perhaps the most significant one yet–had occurred. According to the New York Times, seventy-five prominent Republicans signed a legal brief to be submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, stating that marriage is a constitutional right for all people, whatever their sexual orientation. The position bucks the party line, including the position of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican Congressmen who recently increased funding to defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.