UPDATE: On April The Republican National Committee – meeting in California – approved a resolution to reaffirm party opposition to marriage equality.
The resolution was affirmed by the committee as increasing numbers of elected officials endorse legalizing same-sex marriage and as polls show a majority support for marriage equality among voters. Numbers also are up among Republicans.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, responded to the proposal: “As the country and the GOP evolves on the issue of marriage for gay and lesbian couples, this resolution is a step backward from the party that Republican leaders say they are trying to build. Instead of passing this resolution, the party should use this as an opportunity to reach young and independent voters who are tired of the divisive culture wars of the past.”
The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll showed nationwide support for marriage equality at 58 percent and adults under 30 support marriage equality at 81 percent.
Support among seniors jumped 26 percentage points in the past nine years.
Meanwhile, Republican support has jumped 18 points since 2004, and Independent support is at 62 percent compared to 38 percent nine years ago.
Evangelical “millennials” also support marriage equality at 64 percent.
Before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two landmark marriage equality cases, a group of more than 100 prominent Republicans signed on to a brief for marriage equality.