Why gay marriage never became a midterm issue

Posted on: October 20, 2014

From the Washington Examiner: 

“The dynamics on this issue have changed incredibly since 2004, when the issue was used as a wedge on the opposite side,” said Jeff Cook-McCormac, a senior adviser to the American Unity PAC founded by billionaire GOP donor Paul Singer to encourage Republican candidates to support gay marriage.

Now, growing numbers of Republican candidates see a political benefit to supporting same-sex marriage. This year, the PAC will support five Republican House incumbents, another five to seven House challengers, and two Republican Senate candidates: Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Oregon’s Monica Wehby, who is taking on Sen. Jeff Merkley.

“The political benefit to being perceived as anti-gay as a candidate has really evaporated,” Cook-McCormac said.

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